Trevor Bauer turned in his fourth consecutive quality start of the season and the Clippers hit three home runs to top the Norfolk Tides 6-2 today in Harbor Park.
In his longest outing of the season, Bauer (3-0) allowed two runs, five hits and struck out seven over seven innings. He has given up four runs in 25 2/3 innings this season and has struck out 28 while walking seven.
The Clippers managed just six hits in the game, but three were home runs. Carlos Moncrief led off the second inning with his first home run of the season. With one out, Norfolk starter Eddie Gamboa (0-2) walked Tim Fedroff. Roberto Perez followed with his fourth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left that gave Bauer a 3-0 lead.
The Tides cut the deficit to 3-2 in the fourth. Chris Marrero singled with one out and came home on a two-run homer by Xavier Paul. Bauer allowed one single over the next three innings.
Columbus added to its lead in the sixth. Moncrief led off with a single and stole second base. With two outs, Gamboaintentionally walked the hot-hitting Perez topitch to Audy Ciriaco. He hit the first pitch from Gamboa for a three-run home run, his first of the season.
Nick Hagadone and Austin Adams each pitched a scoreless inning to close out the game. The series continues with a 6:35 p.m. game on Monday.