Clippers blank Red Wings 7-0
The Clippers moved over .500 for the first time since June 4, 2013, last night in Huntington Park with a 7-0 win over the Rochester Red Wings.
Clippers starter Travis Banwart set the tone by stopping the Red Wings on three hits over the first six innings. He walked none and struck out a season-high eight. Austin Adams and Frank Herrmann completed the shutout.
Roberto Perez hit a three-run home run and Giovanny Urshela added a two-run double to key the 10-hit attack.
Columbus tagged Rochester starter Trevor May for three runs in the second inning. Giovanny Urshela led off with a single before third baseman Diebinson Romero booted a Matt Carson grounder for an error. Perez followed with a three-run home run that cleared the bleachers in left field.
Banwart (2-0) pitched three perfect innings and had one out in the fourth when James Beresford singled. Chris Parmelee then singled to move Beresford to third base. Banwart, however, by getting flyouts from Brad Nelson and Romero.
Columbus extended the lead to 5-0 with a two-out rally in the fifth. David Cooper drew a four-pitch walk from May and Jesus Aguilar singled. May walked Carlos Moncrief to load the bases and Urshela rifled a ground-rule double to left-center that scored Cooper and Aguilar.
Banwart turned a three-hit shutout over to Austin Adams in the seventh. Adams tacked two more shutout innings onto the scoreboard.
The Clippers added two more runs in the eighth inning. Carson opened with a double and Perez walked. After Audy Ciriaco walked to load the bases, Edgar Ibarra walked Tim Fedroff to force home Carson. Justin Sellers capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to make it 7-0.