Clippers stay hot with 11-3 win over RailRaiders
Columbus has won 10 out of their last 12 games.
COLUMBUS, OH – When things are going well, a team is easy to watch. Right now, the Columbus Clippers are making for some enjoyable viewing.
The Clippers (36-33) clinched a four-game sweep of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (32-36) with a 11-3 victory on Sunday evening.
Columbus began their offensive exploits in the first inning. Tim Fedroff reached on a one-out walk, and was moved to second once Jesus Aguilar hit a single to left. One out later, Giovanny Urshela sent Fedroff home on a single, but that wasn’t Urshela’s last impact of the evening.
But the Clippers came right back in the bottom of the inning in historic fashion. Audy Ciriaco smacked a fly ball into left center that gave the visiting fielders enough trouble to allow Ciriaco to record Huntington Park’s first inside-the-park home run.
The game was tied once again in the third when Corban Joseph homered himself to right field, but again the home team responded. Roberto Perez unleashed a two-out single that scored Elliot Johnson, but when Urshela tried to score he was tagged for the final out.
The Clippers scored for the fourth inning in a row when Fedroff doubled home Justin Sellers.
Danny Salazar got the start for the Clippers, and he went five innings, surrendering two earned runs.
The RailRiders got back within one in the seventh inning, Robert Refsnyder scoring on a Francisco Arcia groundout.
But the Clippers made sure of their win by scoring seven runs over the next two frames.
In the seventh, Carlos Moncrief got in on the act when he hit a three-run homer to left, his seventh of the season. Then in the eighth, Johnson doubled with the bases load, scoring Sellers and Tyler Holt. Urshela came through again when his single drove home Fedroff and Johnson on a single.
Nick Hagadone closed out the game for the Clippers, as they won their 10th in 12 games.
The Clippers’ home stand continues on Monday as they begin a four-game set against the Buffalo Bisons. Travis Cloyd gets the start for Columbus, with first pitch set for 7:05 PM.