Columbu Clippers relinquish early lead, lose 3-2 to Gwinnett
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Scott Barnes took the mound in the eighth inning with one out and then the Gwinnett Braves made their comeback. Leading 2-1, Barnes walked the first batter he faced, followed by a double and a single that scored two, lifting the Braves to a 3-2 win against Columbus.
The Clippers started the game off in control, throwing two on the board in the first. Jose Ramirez led off with a double to left field, rattling Gwinnett starter Mitch Atkins. Justin Sellers sent a screamer into left field for a single putting runners on first and second. A sac fly from Nyjer Morgan scored Ramirez for the first run of the game. Designated hitter David Cooper's single brought Sellers home for run No. 2.
Ramirez ultimately went 4-5, with three singles, a double and two stolen bases.
"A lot of good things," said manager Chris Tremie. "Ramirez having a good night at the plate... now you're seeing what you're going to see from him."
It was smooth sailing for starter T.J. House who cruised through the first three innings with no base runners. After a bumpy fourth with two hits and one run, House regrouped to pitch two more scoreless innings.
In the seventh with two on and one out, righty Vinnie Pestano got the call. Pestano pulled the Clippers out of a jam and closed down the inning by fanning both who stepped up to face him.
After one out in the eighth, the southpaw Barnes was called in to face the next three batters – a lefty, a righty and another lefty. Barnes ultimately imploded on the mound giving up Columbus' lead it had held the entire game.
The Clippers' offense didn't have what it takes to take back the lead. Jesus Aguilar went 0-4 for the first time this season, and the Clippers missed his production at the plate.
"Obviously you miss that offense, but he's carried us a lot this year already. He's going to continue to do that as the year goes on," said Tremie.
The Clippers are scheduled to return to Huntington Park Thursday to continue the series with Gwinnett.
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