Despite the loss of Jesus Aguilar, who was called up by the Indians, the Columbus Clippers doubled up Rochester 8-4, in the opening set of a three-game series at Huntington Park. It was the Red Wings only visit to Columbus this season. The Clippers scored all eight runs in three innings and benefited from a strong outing from starting pitcher Will Roberts and relievers Giovanni Soto and C.C. Lee.
The Clippers were led offensively by Tyler Holt, Tyler Naquin and Zach Walters, each with two hits and Adam Moore, who had two RBI. Rochester aided the Clippers cause with a pair of throwing errors that led to three unearned runs.
Roberts (2-1) allowed all four Rochester runs in six innings of work.
Columbus handily defeated Rochester 5-1 as Josh Tomlin continued his rehab assignment for the Clippers in the second game of the series. Tomlin, who was credited with the win, pitched five innings, allowing one run on five hits before he was lifted because of his pitch count. Jarrett Grube picked up the save with four perfect innings pitched.
Jerry Sands and Michael Martinez each had a pair of hits, Martinez also had two RBI and Sands added his 45th RBI of the season.
Columbus took a 4-0 lead in the home half of the first inning on RBI singles from Martinez, Sands and Erik Gonzales. Martinez scored the Clippers final run on a Tyler Naquin RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Rochester’s only run came in the top of the fourth inning after back-to-back doubles by second baseman James Beresford and DH Oswaldo Arcia.
The Clippers completed the sweep with a 5-4 victory in game three, despite being outhit by the Red Wings. The Clippers never trailed in putting up five runs on nine hits.
Michael Martinez ignited the offense with his three-for-three performance that included two doubles. Tyler Holt added two RBI’s and Tyler Naquin and Audy Ciriaco each batted in a run.
The Clippers used six pitchers in the win, with Toru Murata winning his ninth game of the season and Carlos Marmol picking up his third save.
Columbus is one game behind Indianapolis in the division race as they host the Indians for a four-game series at Huntington Park.
By Mike Tanchevski