Barnes' Homer Helps Clippers to Series Victory

Columbus Offense Backs Quality Pitching in Rubber-Match

Brandon Barnes delivered a two-run HR in the fifth for the Clippers, his 13th of the season. (Mathew Carper)

By Dylan Tyrer / Columbus Clippers | August 15, 2018 3:10 PM

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Rochester Red Wings, 3-2, in the rubber-match of their three-game series this afternoon at Huntington Park.

 

Brandon Barnes delivered a go-ahead two-run homerun in the bottom of the fifth inning that proved to be enough for the victory.

 

Clippers' starter Mitch Talbot put the team in a position to win, tossing five innings of two-hit baseball. He allowed one run, while walking three and striking out four.

 

After both teams started slow, going 18 up, 18 down through the first three innings, Columbus claimed a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Adam Rosales stroked an RBI double down the left field line.

 

Rochester promptly tied things up in the sixth, though, thanks to a Taylor Motter RBI double off Talbot, evening things at 1-1.

 

It didn't take long for the Clippers to answer back, as Barnes, with a man on, pummeled his 13th homerun of the season over the wall in left for the 3-1 lead.

 

The Columbus bullpen allowed one run after that, a Kennys Vargas solo shot in the ninth, but finished off the series-clinching win, 3-2.

 

The Clippers will welcome the Syracuse Chiefs to Huntington Park tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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

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