Brach pitches Clippers to 6-3 win
SYRACUSE- The Columbus Clippers got a big win on Friday night, thanks to a dominant performance from Clippers starter Brett Brach and some early offense.
Brach pitched 7.1 nearly flawless innings for Columbus. He allowed only one run, two walks, and six hits on the evening, and had Chiefs hitters guessing all night long.
The Columbus offense certainly gave Mr. Brach a bit of confidence.
Things started when recent acquisition, and old Tribesman, Ezequiel Carrera lead off the game with a single to centerfield. The speedster stole second base during the next at-bat, and second baseman Matt Lawson walked, giving the Clippers two men on with no outs to start the game. With designated hitter Jeremy Hermida at the plate, Carrera stole his second base sliding into third safely and Carson stole second.
Hermida proceeded to groundout, scoring Carrera and moving Carson to third; however, with a man on third and one out, the Clippers were unable to score another run. Third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall struck out, first baseman Chord Phelps walked, and centerfielder Tim Fedroff flew out to center to end the inning.
The Chiefs responded immediately in the bottom of the first, starting with a walk by left fielder Jeff Kobernus. Just as Carrera did for the Clippers, Kobernaus stole second and third base, putting the tying run at third with just one out. Centerfielder Corey Brown struck out swinging, giving the Clippers the opportunity to get out of the inning unscathed, but designated hitter Chris Marrero delivered a single, scored Kobernaus, and tied the game at 1-1.
But the Clippers weren’t done scoring off of Chiefs’ starter Ryan Perry just yet.
Right fielder Matt Carson reached on a throwing error to put the leadoff man aboard for the second straight inning. Shortstop Juan Diaz then walked putting men on first and second, and after catcher Omir Santos flew out to left, Ezequiel Carrera smoked a triple to the center field wall, scoring Diaz and Carson and making the score 3-1. After Lawson was called out on strikes, Perry threw a wild pitch and Carrera scored, making the score 4-1.
After the Chiefs were blanked in the bottom of the third, the Clippers responded yet again. With two on and two out, and a new pitcher on for the Chiefs, Diaz smacked a double to the gap, bringing in Chisenhall and Fedroff, and the Clippers lead 6-1 after three innings.
It was a very forgettable outing for Perry. In two and two-third innings, Perry allowed six runs on two hits, including four earned runs and five walks. While his defense didn’t help him out, Perry couldn’t find the strike zone and allowed base-runners to swipe bases with ease.
Chiefs reliever Jeff Mandel cooled down the Clippers bats for much of the rest of the evening. After scoring six in three innings, the Clippers were shut out for the remainder of the night. Mandel finished with 4.2 innings pitched, six hits allowed and two walks.
Jerry Gil came in to relieve Brach in the bottom of the eighth, and immediately Syracus made a bit of a comeback push.
With a man on, Gil walked Kobernus and gave up a big double to Brown, cutting the Columbus lead to 6-3. Gil struck out first baseman Carlos Rivera to end the inning and the threat was over.
The Clippers nor the Chiefs were able to put anymore runs on the board, and the Clippers came away with the victory 6-3.
The win puts the Clippers at 24-18 on the season, while Syracuse falls to 15-26.
After taking three of four from the Chiefs, the Clippers start a four game series with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Saturday at Huntington Park. Former member of the Indians organization Vidal Nuno will get the start for the RailRiders while it is yet to be determined who will start for Columbus.
First pitch is set for 7:05.