Series Victory Puts Columbus Clippers 2.5 Games out of 1st
The Columbus Clippers took two-of three games from Scranton in Huntington Park. The Clippers played from behind in all three games, yet managed to come back to take two of them. Offensively the Clippers were led by twenty-three-year-old Erik Gonzalez who was 5 for 12 with six RBI in the series. Gonzalez, a shortstop, has played in 34 games with Columbus after starting the season in AA-Akron.
The Columbus Clippers pounded out 12 hits in a 6-4 series opening win against the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Huntington Park. All nine batters recorded at least one hit, with Nick Swisher, Jesus Aguilar and Adam Moore each recording two
The teams traded leads twice as the Clippers overcame first and third inning scoring rallies by the RailRiders.
James Ramsey and Erik Gonzales each homered for Columbus, Ramsey’s was a two-run shot in the first inning giving Columbus a 2-1 lead. Gonzalez’s solo blast in the fifth inning gave the Clippers a 5-4 lead. They went on to add another run in the fifth on Adam Moore’s double that scored Anthony Gallas.
Trey Haley (3-1) got the win for Columbus and Carlos Marmol picked up his fifth save. Haley and Marmol were two of six pitchers to take the hill for the Clippers. Starter Will Roberts lasted 4.1 innings.
Greg Bird single-handedly grounded the Clippers in the second game of the series. The RailRiders’ first baseman went 3 for 5 with a pair of home runs and a triple on his way to a four RBI night that propelled Scranton to a 7-2 win.
Bird got all three hits of starter Josh Tomlin who was touched for six runs on 10 hits in six innings of work; Tomlin did strike out eight.
Erik Gonzalez and Anthony Dallas each had an RBI to pace the Columbus scoring attack.
Scranton starter Kyle Davies won his eighth game of the season against six losses.
The Clippers nipped the RailRiders 7-6 to take the rubber-game of the series. Columbus was paced by Erik Gonzalez and Zach Walters, Gonzalez was 2 for five with three RBI and Walters had two hits and a pair of RBI.
Clipper pitching gave up crooked numbers in the second and sixth innings. Scranton scored four runs in the third inning on a Tyler Austin RBI single and a Ben Gamel three-run home run. A bases loaded walk and RBI single by Bird provided two additional Scranton runs in the sixth inning.
A Zach Walters double scored two Columbus runs in the bottom of the first inning. Abraham Almonte, who tripled to open the inning, scored the third Columbus run in the bottom of the third as he scampered home on a fielding error by shortstop Cole Figueroa.
The Clippers added three runs in the fourth on a two-run single by Erik Gonzales and wild pitch from Caleb Cotham.
Zach Walters scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a force out at second base.
C.C. Lee picked up his third win of the season and Shawn Armstrong notched his 14th save.
Columbus hosts Lehigh Valley for a three-game set.
By Mike Tanchevski