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Clippers sneak past Chiefs; Two homers by Duncan keys victory

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Staff Writer Dan Hock (file photo)

COLUMBUS, OHIO–The Columbus Clippers concluded a 6-4 homestand with a 7-5 triumph over the Syracuse Chiefs in the series finale. A seventh inning home run by Shelley Duncan snapped a 4-4 tie in the 7th inning en route to winning the series over the Chiefs and taking three of four games in the process.

Duncan, who hit a two-run homer in the first to help the Clippers build an early 4-1 lead, homered off veteran lefty Ron Villone after Trevor Crowe opened the bottom of the 7th inning with a leadoff double. Crowe moved to third on a fly ball from Jason Donald. Carlos Santana walked to set the stage for Duncan’s heroics.

Duncan, who was 4-for-4 on the day, drilled a pitch over the leftfield wall. He finished the game with 5 RBI’s and scored 2 runs and his four hits were part of a 12-hit attack by Columbus.

Shelley Duncan (MiLB)

The Clippers started lefty Mike Gosling, making his first start of 2010 in place of scheduled starter Carlos Carrasco. Gosling last pitched April 30th against charlotte and went 3 innings in relief. “I had hoped to get three innings from him, but I asked Mike if he could go another inning and he said yes,” said manager Mike Sarbaugh when asked what he expected of his emergency starter. “He gave his best effort and that’s all you can ask.”

Columbus had not hit a home run as a team in the past four games before hitting three in today’s win. Chris Gimenez hit a two-run homer in the first inning.

Syracuse cut the Columbus lead to 4-2 in the second inning and tied the score at 4-4 before Columbus behind the three-run homer from Duncan put the Clippers ahead to stay. Saul Rivera posted a save in one inning of relief in striking out two hitters for his 4th save of 2010.

Columbus will now embark on a two city eight game road trip to through Pennsylvania; Lehigh Valley and Scranton before returning to Columbus for a four-game set with the Durham Bulls starting May 14th.

Scott Leo (on left) anchors Clippers radio broadcasts (megasportsnews photo)

Clippers taking batting practice (megasportsnews.com photo)

GAME NOTES

* Syracuse Chiefs pitching coach Greg Booker is the son-in-law of former Reds manager Jack McKeon.

* Chiefs hitting coach Jerry Browne is a former member of the Cleveland Indians.

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