Columbus Clippers beat Gwinnett 9-4 in von Schamann debut
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Columbus hit hard and often Wednesday night against the Gwinnett Braves as they won their second game of the series, 9-4.
Down 4-2 in the third and the Clippers went yard. With one out, designated hitter Adam Abraham cracked one over the fence in left field to drop the deficit to 3-2. With two outs Giovanny Urshela sent a big fly over leftfield for the tying run.
Jose Ramirez led off the first inning for the Clippers with a grounder out to center field. Ramirez made his way to second, stealing his ninth base of the year. Abraham got his first hit of the night on a ground all through the center field gap, bringing Ramirez home to put the Clippers on the board.
Duke von Schamann took the mound for Columbus. He gave up two singles in the first before letting up a bomb out to centerfield, for the three run homer.
The Braves followed suit scoring on von Schamann's balk in the bottom of the second.
After the Clippers evened the game back out in the third 4-4, Columbus ran away with the game.
A scoreless fourth came and went before Elliot Johnson drew a walk in the top of the fifth. Carlos Moncrief stepped up to the plate with two outs and hit the third Clippers' homer of the night, a two run shot to put Columbus up 6-4.
Ramirez and Tyler Holt came up with singles in the top of the sixth to put runners on first and second. A wild pitch advanced both runners, before Abraham came up with a sac-fly to bring Ramirez in to score. Johnson stepped up with a sac-fly also to keep Holt from being stranded. Holt's run put Columbus up 8-4.
The Clippers weren't done yet, top of the seventh and Ciriaco sent a grounder down the third base line for a double.Justin Sellers brought Ciriaco in to score with one of his three hits of the night.
Even after the Clippers most recent two wins, Columbus sits dead last in the International League West standings. With two games left in their away series with Gwinnett, Columbus is then scheduled to travel to Charlotte before returning to the familiar confines of Huntington Park.
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