Clippers top Chiefs 10-7 in slugfest
Columbus overcomes poor pitching to tie series
SYRCUASE, NY – The Columbus Clippers made big plays at the plate Wednesday night to tie the series against the Syracuse Chiefs with a 10-7 victory. The series is now tied 1-1.
The Clippers and the Chiefs combined for 26 hits on the night while scoring runs in five of the nine innings played. Despite three errors committed by the Clippers, they sealed the win with four scoreless innings by the Chiefs.
Wednesday night was summed up by the mediocrity at the mound in the early parts of the games—the lack of pitching turned into a slugfest for both clubs.
Clippers’ right-handed pitcher Toru Murata pitched 4.2 innings giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs on the night—while only striking out three batters. On the Chiefs’ mound, righty Chris Young picked up his second loss of the season (1-2) pitching 4.2 innings and giving up 11 hits and eight earned runs. Young only struck out one Clipper.
Clippers’ pitcher Fernando Nieve picked up his fourth victory of the season, moving his record to 4-1 on the year. Nieve pitched 2.1 innings only giving up two hits and no earned runs.
The Clippers began the night strong from the plate scoring three runs in the first inning.
After Clippers’ shortstop Ryan Rohlinger took ball four from Chiefs’ pitcher Young, Young committed a throwing error to allow third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to reach first. Designated hitter Jeremy Hermida arrived at the plate to blast his sixth homer of the year to bring the Clippers lead to 3-1 after the first.
Hermida leads the club with six home runs on the season. The International League high is 10.
The Clippers added two more home runs in the top of the third when Chisenhall sent one over right field for his first homer of the season. Two batters later, second baseman Cord Phelps hit his third home run of the season stretching the lead to 5-0 for the Clippers.
The lead was quickly erased in the bottom half of the third when the Chiefs found two runs on three hits to cut the lead to 5-2.
The Chiefs added another run in the bottom of the fourth.
Two walks and four hits later the Clippers added four runs in the top half of a fifth, only again to be erased in the bottom half by four more runs scored by the Chiefs. The clubs combined for nine hits in the fifth inning.
The Clippers added one more run in the top of the sixth after a single by left fielder Tim Fedroff to bring the score to 10-7 and the victory for the Clippers.