Zach McAllister, Jesus Aguilar lead Columbus Clippers to 9-0 win
BUFFALO, N.Y. – When playing on the road, you often need good pitching to succeed. In Buffalo on Thursday night, the Columbus Clippers’ starter Zach McAllister did that and more.
McAllister allowed just three hits in 7.1 innings as the Clippers (42-38) bounced back from two straight losses to beat the Buffalo Bisons (40-38) by a score of 9-0.
The Bisons threatened in the first when Kevin Pillar stepped up to bat with one out and a man on second. But he lined a ball straight to Tyler Holt, who quickly got the ball back into Ryan Rohlinger at second base who doubled up Darin Mastroianni on the basepath.
Roberto Perez scored the first run of the game when he launched a leadoff home run in the second.
Another home run came in the next inning. Holt led off the inning with a walk, and one out later the Clippers other slugger, Jesus Aguilar, launched a two-run bomb to center.
McAllister cruised with the three-run lead. After giving up all of his three hits during the first three innings, the right hander retired the side in each of the next four frames.
Columbus added to the advantage in the fifth. Holt again led off the inning by getting on base, this time on a ground-rule double. Tim Fedroff followed him by attempting a sacrifice bunt, and the result was probably better than he was aiming for. A throwing error by catcher Erik Kratz meant that Fedroff went into second, but also that Holt scored his team’s fourth run of the game.
Two more followed in the seventh. Adam Abraham got a leadoff single before a passed ball and a groundout moved him to third base. After Aguilar walked Giovanny Urshela grounded to third, but Jared Goedert made an error on the throw, allowing Abraham and Aguilar to both score.
In the top half of the eighth Audy Ciriaco hit a two-out single to left, and Rohlinger followed by doubling his teammate home.
The last two Columbus runs came in the final frame – and with two outs. Carlos Moncrief stepped up to bat with the bases juiced and doubled down the left field line to score Fedroff and Urshela.
Despite giving up a single and two walks, Price eventually managed to finish off the Bisons in the ninth as Columbus got back to winning ways.
The two teams are scheduled meet for the final time in their four-game series Friday. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Would love to see Jesse return and this time stick with Tribe but no knows. Go Clippers.