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Clippers lose lead late as bullpen fails; Fall 6-4 to Syracuse

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM GAME COVERAGE

Columbus, Ohio — The Columbus Clippers in the 2010 baseball season usually get a good effort from the starting pitcher and some early run production and that has led to 16 wins so far in the first four weeks of the season. But not on Monday night at Huntington Park as the Syracuse Chiefs came from behind against the Clippers bullpen to win 6-4.

Chris Duncan Syracuse (megasportsnews.com photo)

Shelley Duncan Columbus (megasportsnews.com photo)

The third game of a four game series was all Columbus until the Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals rallied for a five run outburst in the seventh inning to win their first game of the series.

Syracuse starter Shairon (Shy-ron) Martis earned his first win of the season and Seth Bynum hit his third homer of the season.

The Clippers drew first blood, scoring runs in the third inning. With two outs and two runners on base, shortstop Jason Donald lined a  two-run RBI double into the right centerfield gap to put Columbus up 2-0. In the fourth inning, Columbus (16-10) scored again when Brian Buscher knocked in Jordan Brown.

The Syracuse Chiefs (15-10) were only able to get one base runner through the first five innings against Columbus’ number 5 starter Josh Tomlin.

In the sixth inning, Syracuse second baseman Seth Bynum led off with a 375-foot homer to the left centerfield bleachers and it was 3-1.

The seventh was the big inning for the Chiefs as Mike Morse led off with a walk. Chase Lambin followed with a strikeout. Chris Duncan was the next hitter. Morse advanced to second on a throwing error by pitcher Carlton Smith. Duncan then singled home Morse to cut the deficit to 3-2 Columbus. Seth Bynum then singled and was followed by Carlos Maldonado who flied out to center for the second out. Eric Bruntlett was the next hitter and he doubled up the left centerfield power alley to score Bynum and Duncan, it was 4-3 Chiefs. Pete Orr promptly hit an RBI single to score Bruntlett. The next batter was Kevin Mench who reached on an infield single and Orr scored on a throwing error by Columbus third baseman Brian Buscher and the score was 6-3. Columbus never really threatened after that.

Chris Duncan at the plate (megasportsnews.com)

Joel Peralta pitched the ninth inning for the Chiefs to earn his sixth save of the season.

The Clippers will close out their 10-game homestand against the Chiefs on Tuesday morning, with ace Carlos Carrasco getting the ball. First pitch is 11:35 a.m.

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME MANAGER’S OFFICE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)
44 891-44 897 Mike Sarbaugh Clippers Manager On Josh Tomlin, the bullpen, Jason Donald and Jose Constanza

SOUNDS FROM THE POSTGAME CLUBHOUSE (To listen to an audio file, click on the link)

44 888-44 890 Shelley Duncan Clippers On brother Chris and being back in Columbus.

GAME NOTES

* Syracuse is in the International League North Division with a 15-10 record, a game behind Buffalo and Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

* The Chiefs are 6-4 in their last 10 games.

* The Chiefs are second in the IL wild card standings.

* Chris Duncan and Shelley Duncan are brothers. This series is the first time they have played against each other in pro baseball.

* Syracuse has yet to lose a series this year. To keep that streak alive, they have to be Columbus on Tuesday  to go 2-2 in the series.

*Syracuse is just one of  several minor league teams affiliated with the Washington Nationals. The others include: Harrisburg Senators, Potomac Nationals and Hagerstown Suns.

* Monday’s game was #687 in the Syracuse-Columbus series, with Columbus holding a commanding lead 381-306 and 4-1 at Huntington Park.

* Columbus is 13-8 vs right handed pitchers in 2010.

* Clippers lead Minor League Baseball in Double Plays hit into with 34.

* The Clippers lead the IL in hitting with a .293 average.

* The Clippers are 4th in Minor League Baseball in hitting, runs (150) and on-base percentage (.373).

* Columbus is 6-4 in their last 10 games.

Celtics beat Cavs 104-86; Series shifts to Boston

compiled from staff and wire reports

Rajon Rondo tied a playoff record with 19 assists, Ray Allen scored 22 points and the Boston Celtics, showed why they’re still a dangerous team despite their roster having several 30-plus aged players, opened up a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter and then survived a Cavaliers comeback for a 104-86 win in Cleveland on Monday night to tie the series at 1-1.

Rajon Rondo (nba)

After blowing an 11-point lead in the third quarter in Game 1, Boston almost  blew a 91-66 lead with 9:08 to go. The Cavs scored 15 straight points to pull within 93-83 on LeBron James’ basket with 3:13 left.

Boston, closed however with an 11-3 spurt.

Cleveland was outscored 31-12 in the third quarter.

LeBron James had a modest 24 points.

Game 3 is Friday night in Boston.

Megasportsnews.com Staff Writer Steve Basford visiting ballparks

Megasportsnews.com’s Steve Basford contributed to the story

I have known Steve Basford since 1982. He is man of many talents, Radio play-by-play, Color analyst, Sports reporter, Interviewer and Statistician. He and I were a broadcast team in the 80′s at WCVO-FM in Gahanna/New Albany and in the 90′s at WLOH-AM in Lancaster, Ohio.

Rogers Centre in Toronto (Steve Basford photo)

Steve has visited just about every Major League Baseball Ballpark but three: Target Field, Yankee Stadium and Busch Stadium. He will be visiting Citi Field in July.

This past weekend he was in Toronto, Ontario, Canada to visit the Rogers Centre and see the Oakland A’s play the Toronto Blue Jays.

THE PRESS BOX: Dayton Flyers men’s basketball graduated seven seniors on Sunday

Info Courtesy of Dayton Athletics

London Warren (UD)

Rob Lowery (UD)

Marcus Johnson (UD)

Mickey Perry (UD)

Kurt Huelsman (UD)

With London Warren graduating from the University of Dayton, it fulfills a promise he made after his grandmother passed away during his sophomore season.

For Rob Lowery, graduation is a blessing considering he is only one of two members of his family to have earned a college degree.

Graduation for Kurt Huelsman means continuing a family tradition. Huelsman becomes the fifth sibling in his family to earn a diploma from UD.

The seven Flyer seniors, Dan Fox, Luke Hendrick, Kurt Huelsman, Marcus Johnson, Rob Lowery, Mickey Perry and London Warren all walked across the stage on Sunday May 2, 2010 to receive their diplomas. The Class of 2010 will continue a long line of men’s student-athletes to graduate from Dayton.

Dan Fox (UD)

Luke Hendrick (UD)

Head coach Brian Gregory has a stunning record graduating all 23 seniors during his seven-year career as Dayton’s head coach.

For the record, the Dayton men’s basketball program has graduated every senior but one since 1979.

SOUNDS FROM THE PRESS BOX  1-on-1 Interview (To listen to the audio file, click on the link.)

44 878-44 881 Kurt Huelsman Dayton Flyers On ending career a champion, 7 seniors , setting games played record

44 882-44 885 Kurt Huelsman Dayton On close games, Brian Gregory, his role and Chris Wright

44 886-44 887 Kurt Huelsman Dayton Flyers On 4 years at UD and fans expectations of him

NBA PLAYOFFS: Eastern and Western Conference (Saturday results)

compiled from wire reports

John Salmons (nba)

John Salmons scored 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting, Kurt Thomas had 8 point, 13 rebounds and the Milwaukee Bucks never let up after a hot start in 107-89 Game 3 win after a three-day layoff.

Atlanta still leads the series 2-1 after two-double=digit wins at home, when the bcuks looked overmatched without the injured Andrew Bogut.

Milwaukee is 12-26 at the Bradley Center in the playoffs.

Kevin Durant Thunder (nba)

Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Russell Westbrook added 18 points and eight rebounds, and the Thunder evened the first-round series against the Lakers with a 110-89 victory in Game 4.

For the second straight game, the Thunder capitalized on a significant edge at the foul line and on the boards despite the presence of the Lakers’ 7-foot tandem of Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Oklahoma City never trailed after the opening 5 minutes and led by double digits for the final three quarters in a thorough dismantling.

Among those seated at courtside in Oklahoma City were Governor Brad Henry, NFL wide receiver Mark Clayton and Gerald McCoy, the former Oklahoma defensive tackle taken third overall by Tampa Bay in the NFL draft.

Brandon Roy (nba)

Portland coach Nate McMillian and team owner Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft were convinced by Brandon Roy to let him play despite skepticism by team doctors.

Roy was activated off injured reserve and then helped Portland to a 96-87 win over Phoenix that evened their series at two games apiece.

Eight days removed from arthroscopic surgery on right knee, Roy made his surprising return to the court to the theme from  “Rocky” blasting from the Rose Garden sound system. Roy then made a key 3-pointer late in the game that shifted the momentum to the Trail Blazers.

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