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Ciriaco leads Clippers past IronPigs, 6-4

Columbus rallied to beat Lehigh despite allowing 4 runs in the second inning.

Ciriaco leads Clippers past IronPigs, 6-4
Columbus shortstop Andy Ciriaco had a monster game on Sunday, going 3-for-4 from the plate. Ciriaco belted a two-run homer, a double and scored three runs in the Clippers win. (Photo credit: Brittany Chay)
June 22, 2014
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COLUMBUS, OH - The ability to come from behind is a necessity in any sport. Even more important is the ability to take the lead again after losing it the first. On Sunday afternoon, the Columbus Clippers proved they could do just that.

The Clippers (40-36) scored the game’s final three runs as they beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (38-39) 6-4 for their second consecutive victory.

Columbus – like it has done so many times over the course of the past month – scored in the game’s first frame. An Elliot Johnsonsingle and a Jesus Aguilar walk brought Adam Abraham to the plate with only one out. Abraham grounded to pitcher Sean O’Sullivan, but a bad throw meant that he reached safely and Johnson scored.

With two batters on base neither Carlos Moncrief nor Roberto Perez could add to the Clippers’ early advantage.

But they were at it again in the second. Tim Fedroff led off the inning with a walk, and no sooner had he reached base that Audy Ciriaco hit his seventh homer of the year to put Columbus up 3-0.

However, the IronPigs responded impressively in the bottom of the inning to take the lead themselves.

Clippers starter Travis Cloyd surrendered a leadoff single to Malkel Franco, and after Cam Perkins grounded out to third Franco made it safely to second. A line-drive single by Rusty Ryal sent Franco all the way around to score Lehigh Valley’s first run.

Andres Blanco singled to put two runners on base for Sebastian Valle, who gave the IronPigs a 4-3 lead with a three-run shot left.

Columbus tied the game in the fourth when Roberto Perez hit a solo homer to right, his seventh on the year.

Three innings later the visitors led once again. Ciriaco singled to lead off, and he made it to second on a Ryan Rohlinger sacrifice bunt. Johnson stepped up and hit a 3-2, two out pitch into left for a triple, scoring Ciriaco and giving Columbus a 5-4 lead.

The Clippers got another insurance marker in the ninth when a wild pitch by Luis Garcia got by Valle and allowed Ciriaco to score from third.

Austin Adams relieved Cloyd in the eighth, retiring the side in order. The right-hander stayed out for the ninth, and he induced a game-ending double play off the bat of Franco to hand Columbus the victory.

The two teams are at it again on Monday for the final matchup of their four-game series. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM, with Columbus sending Travis Banwart to the mound.

Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.

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