The first series for the Columbus Clippers (9-11) outside of the International League West was successful as they took three of four from the Gwinnett Braves (12-9). Columbus beat the G-Braves 7-1 Friday night thanks to a great performance from starter Josh Tomlin (1-1, 2.77 ERA).
The righty Tomlin notched a quality start going eight innings allowing no runs, six hits, no walks and struck out nine on 98 pitches. The losing pitcher for Gwinnett was Zach Stewart (1-1, 5.06 ERA) who went five and two-thirds innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on ten hits and a walk.
The Clippers got all the offense they would need in the first with a Jesus Aguilar bomb. After David Cooper extended the first with a two-out single Jesus Aguilar crushed his team-leading sixth homer of the year to right field and give the Clippers a 2-0 lead.
Columbus scored one in the fifth and one in the sixth to give Tomlin a 4-0 lead. After Tomlin's night was done Robert Perez hit his third homer and Jose Ramirez hit his fourth to make it 7-0 Clippers. The lone G-Braves run was a solo homer by Joey Terdoslavic, his second, with two outs in the ninth.
Ramirez extended his season-long on base streak to 20 and Perez extended his season-long hitting streak to 13.
The Clippers hit the road for eight games starting with a four game series at the Norfolk Tides. Game one will feature righty Travis Banwart (1-0,5.63 ERA) for Columbus against Norfolk righty Eddie Gamboa (0-1, 4.37 ERA) and is a 7:05 p.m. first pitch.