Clippers Even Series Behind Yu Chang's Go-Ahead Double
The Clippers trailed early tonight in Scranton, but fought hard behind quality pitching and timely hitting to knock of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders 3-2.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre got on the board early, with two in the bottom of the first inning. They started with three straight hits, including a Shane Robinson RBI single and scored another on a Kyle Higashioka groundout to short.
Brandon Barnes (2-for-4) helped the Clippers' cause in the next frame, blasting a solo shot to left off RailRiders' starter Ryan Bollinger, who was making his first career Triple-A start and his first start in affiliated baseball since 2013.
Clippers starter Shawn Morimando (1-2) settled in after the two-run bottom of the first, tossing a scoreless three and two-thirds from then on. In all, he threw four and two-thirds innings, surrendering eight hits and allowing just the two runs. He walked two and struck out six.
Columbus nabbed its first lead of the series in the sixth inning when Yu Chang (2-for-3) laced a two-run double to left scoring Eric Haase and Brandon Barnes to make it 3-2.
Clippers reliever Neil Ramirez came on in the eighth to close things out for the Clippers, recording his second save of the young season across a scoreless eighth and ninth. He allowed two hits and struck out four.
The RailRiders threatened with a runner on third base with just one out in the ninth, but Ramirez was able to stymie the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bats to secure the win for the Clippers.
The Clippers and RailRiders will face off once more tomorrow evening in the rubber match of their three-game series. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. at PNC Field.
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