McAllister solid as Clippers defeat Ironpigs 3-2
Rehabbing starter tosses six shutout innings
COLUMBUS- The Clippers came back from the All-Star break well-rested defeating the Lehigh Valley Ironpigs 3-2. Columbus was able to consistently stay on the board, while the Ironpigs couldn’t seem to find their swing until it was too late.
Zach McAllister continued his rehab stint, taking the mound for the Clippers Thursday night. McAllister pitched six scoreless innings, giving up two hits to the Ironpigs, and was rewarded with the win for his efforts.
The Clippers jumped on the board first in the third inning. Roberto Perez hit a double to center field with one out, than advanced to third on an error. Center fielder Tim Fedroff followed with a walk, placing runners on the corners. Ezequiel Carrera came up with a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Perez to take the lead 1-0.
Columbus’ offense continued to produce in the fifth inning. Matt Carson led off with a walk, then took second after Ironpigs’ starter Ethan Martin threw a wild pitch. Third baseman Ryan Rohlinger singled on a line drive to right field, bringing Carson home to score.
The following two innings were uneventful for the Clippers. No batter made it on base in the sixth or seventh inning and three were struck out.
Rohlinger came up with his second hit of the game, leading off the eighth inning with a double to right field. Rohlinger proceeded to third base on a sacrifice fly by Perez. Fedroff followed up with a single, sending Rohlinger home to further the Clippers lead to 3-0.
After entering the game in the seventh inning replacing McAllister, Danny Salazar allowed two runs in the eighth. A home run given up to second baseman Pete Orr with one out, scored Lehigh Valley’s first run of the game. Salazar followed giving a double up to Cameron Rupp. With two outs Salazar gave up his final hit of the inning, a single to second base scoring Rupp.
Salazar continued pitching in the ninth inning, allowing no more runs. The righty received his first save of the season for his three-inning performance.
After sending two of their players to the All-Star game, Omir Santos and Preston Guilmet the Clippers return to a 47-53 record. They currently are seated third in the International League West standings below the Indianapolis Indians and Louisville Bats.