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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.

Columbus Clippers blast Syracuse, 13-2

compiled from staff and Columbus Clippers info

Jordan Brown (MiLB)

3b line at Huntington Park (megasportsnews.com file)

“The Hometown Heroes,” the Columbus Clippers greeted the Syracuse Chiefs rather rudely Saturday night at Huntington Park, with a 13-2 blasting in series opener. Jordan Brown drove in a career-high 6 runs and went 2 for 4 with his first double of 2010.

Jeanmar Gomez’ outing on the pitcher’s mound may have taken a backseat due to the offensive explosion for Columbus, but the Venezuelan right hander threw the ball effectively, going six innings and allowing just two runs on six hits.

The Clippers drew first blood early in the game with an RBI single from Wes Hodges and Jordan Brown’s first RBI of the game from a sacrifice fly. Syracuse received a solo home run from Chris Duncan, brother of Clipper Shelley Duncan to make it 2-1. That was as close as the game would get.

Speaking of Chris Duncan. It’s amazing how much his career has changed. A regular in the St. Louis Cardinals lineup for years until mid-season 2009. He was traded to Boston and now he is in the minor leagues with the Washington Nationals.

Columbus poured on four runs in both the 5th and 6th innings and scored three more times in the 7th.

Saturday’s win moves the Clippers to 15-9 and gives them a 2-game lead in the West Division of the International League over arch-rival Toledo.

Washington Nationals look to improve in 2010

compiled from staff and wire reports

Washington Nationals Park (mlb)

Everytime the Washington Nationals took the field in 2009, the opposition knew not to believe the record because they weren’t as bad a team as it seemed. Two things everybody knew was that Washington can score runs and they can hit homer runs. They were the number 5 offense in the National League.

Led by Ryan Zimmerman, Adam Dunn, Elijah Dukes, this trio is as good as any middle of the order hitters in baseball. But on the other hand, each team knew that the Nationals didn’t have any pitching so it was a slugfest all game.

To improve for 2010, general manager Mike Rizzo knew it was very simple, bring in pitching depth.

The Nationals have brought in RHP Tyler Walker, RHP Miguel Batista, LHP Chuck James, RHP Matt Capps, right-handed setup reliever Brian Bruney, LHP Eddie Guardado and LHP Doug Slaten.

They also added another power-hitting outfielder/first baseman Chris Duncan, who ran out his welcome in St. Louis because he strikeouts alot and is a liability on defense.