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Clippers' Germano perfect against Chiefs
Syracuse falls for fourth straight game
07/26/2011 9:30 PM ET
Craig Stammen held Columbus to three runs through six and one-third innings Tuesday.
Craig Stammen held Columbus to three runs through six and one-third innings Tuesday. (Glenn Gaston)
Columbus Clippers righty Justin Germano dealt a perfect game Tuesday against the Syracuse Chiefs (44-58), the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, as the Clippers (65-39) won 3-0 at Alliance Bank Stadium. It was the first no-hitter in Syracuse since Ottawa dealt a combined no-hitter against Syracuse in 1999.

The Clippers propped Germano to a lead in the first. Tim Fedroff started the game with a leadoff double and advanced to third on a groundout two batters later. Cord Phelps then stepped to the plate and grounded an RBI double to the right field corner for a 1-0 lead.

Columbus extended that margin just one inning later. Syracuse starter Craig Stammen put down the first two batters but walked Chad Huffman to keep the frame going. Paul Phillips then knocked a soft line drive to right field for a single, and Fedroff crushed a triple to right-center that brought home both runs.

The 3-0 lead was more than enough for Germano. He didn't need much help from his defense as only two balls left the infield through the first six innings. The Clippers righty also struck out five Chiefs in a span of 10 batters to carry the perfect game through six.

Stammen managed to keep Syracuse within striking distance, holding Columbus scoreless into the seventh. He pitched six and a third innings, giving up 11 hits and three runs with two walks and three strikeouts. Lefty Atahualpa Severino took over in the seventh with runners on second and third but induced the final two outs to get out of the inning.

Germano kept his perfect game alive through the seventh with his glove. With two outs, Michael Aubrey hit a hard chopper back to the mound. But the Clippers pitcher snatched the ball out of the air and tossed it over to first to end the inning.

The righthander followed that play up with a quick eighth. Chris Marrero struck out to start the frame, Tug Hulett hit a pop out in the next at-bat and Seth Bynum flied out to center to send the game to the ninth.

And in the final inning, the Chiefs again came close to breaking up the perfect game. Jhonatan Solano cracked a line drive to lead off the frame but it sailed right to Fedroff in center field. Jeff Frazier then blooped a pop-up to shallow left, but Jerad Head stormed in to make the catch. And in the final at-bat, Germano dealt a fastball on the inside corner for a called strikeout of Corey Brown.

The Chiefs and Clippers will resume their series Wednesday at 7:00 at Alliance Bank Stadium. Syracuse righty Brad Peacock will take the mound against Columbus righthander Jeanmar Gomez.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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