Clippers edge Chiefs in extra innings, 4-2
SYRACUSE, NY – The Columbus Clippers needed eleven innings to pick up their second win of the series against the Syracuse Chiefs 4-2 on Thursday Night. The win gives the Clippers the lead in the series, 2-1.
The Clippers’ bullpen showcased some quality pitching a night after both clubs combined for 26 hits in the game. Clippers’ right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco pitched five innings giving up three hits and one run. Also, Clippers’ pitchers Scott Barnes, Matt Langwell and Preston Guilmet all pitched two innings each only giving up three hits combined.
Guilmet picked up his first win of the season to bring his record to 1-2 on the year.
The first run of the game came in the top half of the third after two doubles by the Clippers. Catcher Omir Santos doubled to center for his second of the year. Santos was followed by second baseman Cord Phelps who doubled (7) to right field to give the Clippers the 1-0 lead.
The Chiefs found a tying run in the bottom of the fifth after a fielding error by Clippers’ third baseman Ryan Rohlinger. Chiefs’ shortstop Zach Walters reached first on the error, then moved quickly to second after designated hitter Mike Costanzo doubled to right field. Catcher Kris Watts’ sacrifice fly brought Walters home to tie the game, 1-1.
The Clippers and Chiefs remained tied at 1-1 until the eleventh inning.
The Clippers established command after some bad pitching by the Chiefs’ bullpen and some consistent hitting at the plate. After a leadoff walk third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall moved to third base and scored on a wild pitch to put the Clippers ahead 2-1.
Clippers’ shortstop Juan Diaz added to the lead bringing center fielder Cedric Hunter home on an RBI single to center field, and then left fielder Tim Fedroff laced an RBI single to bring Diaz home and give the Clippers a 4-1 lead.
The Chiefs’ added one more run in the bottom of the eleventh off a home run from their lead-off hitter Chris Marrero, but one ground out and two strikeouts later the Clippers took the 4-2 win.
The Clippers’ had consistent success from the plate Thursday night. Fedroff went 3-for-6 on the night adding one RBI to his totals.
The Chiefs’ went 6-for-38 from the plate.
The final game of the series will take place Friday at 7:00 pm.