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Clippers Win Five in a Row with 7-3 Syracuse Game on Friday

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The Columbus Clippers (18-15) beat the Syracuse Chiefs (18-16) 7-3. The Clippers won their fifth in a row Friday night and stopped the Chiefs’ six-game winning streak. With the win and a loss by IL-West leading Indianapolis the Clippers are one-half of a game out of first place.

Vinnie Pestano (1-2, 3.48 ERA) took the win as he pitched one and one-third innings getting the final out allowing no hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Manny Delcarmen (2-2, 4.02 ERA) took the loss surrendering four runs, three earned, in the eighth inning with four walks, though he did record a strikeout.

T.J. House (1-2, 1.77 ERA) received no decision despite a quality start, the fourth straight for Columbus pitching. House went six innings of two-hit ball with no runs and struck out six with a pair of walks. Taylor Hill (4-1, 2.22 ERA) also received no decision after leaving the game behind 3-0. He allowed three earned runs in five innings on ten hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

Todd Hankins got his first hit and first RBI with Columbus on a single in the second to make it 1-0 Columbus. The Clippers scored a pair of runs in the fifth as Giovanny Urshela lined a two-run homer to left and made it 3-0 Clippers.

After House left the game the pitcher of record the ball was handed to Blake Wood, then Nick Hagadone. After allowing a pair of walks in the eighth inning a three-run homer by Jhonathan Solano off Hagadone tied the game at 3.

The Clippers didn’t waste any time as they loaded the bases without a hit in the bottom half of the inning and a bases-loaded walk to Justin Sellers drew in the winning run. The Clippers got some insurance on a bases-clearing double by David Cooper to make it 7-3 and put the game on ice.

Urshela has recorded a hit in all six games in Triple-A and has three homers with eight runs driven in. Hankins’ single was his first Triple-A hit and also hit a double in the fourth for his first extra-base hit with Columbus. With a single in the second Tim Fedroff extended his on-base streak to 24. Cooper’s double in the eighth extended his hitting streak to six games.

Game two of the series will feature Taylor Jordan (NR) for Syracuse against Tyler Cloyd(1-2, 6.61 ERA for Columbus). It will be a 7:05 p.m. first pitch Saturday night.

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