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Big Day For Walters Leads Clippers Past PawSox At McCoy

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Pawtucket Red Sox Press Release

Pawtucket, RI - Columbus newcomer Zach Walters homered twice including a grand slam as part of a six-RBI day and in a game during which each team hit three homers the Clippers bested the Pawtucket Red Sox, 9-4, Sunday afternoon at McCoy Stadium in front of 6,936 fans to win their second straight to begin the four-game series. 

Walters, playing in only his third game with Columbus after acquired by Cleveland from Washington in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera, hit an RBI single in the fourth, a solo homer in the sixth and a slam in the seventh. The former Syracuse Chief also collected the game-winning hit in the 11th inning of Saturday night's Clippers win and is 7-for-14 with eight RBI since joining Columbus.

Pawtucket (63-53) lost its third straight and for the fifth time in its last seven contests, but remained one game behind Syracuse (63-51) in the North Division standings. Rochester moved into a tie with the PawSox in the IL wildcard standings pending a Sunday night game for the Red Wings at Louisville.

Derrik Gibson, Corey Brown and Matt Spring all went deep for Pawtucket, but all of those long balls came after Columbus had already built a 9-0 lead through 6 ½ innings. Audy Ciriaco homered for the Clippers (12) in addition to the pair hit by Walters.

Columbus starter Toru Murata (2-2) pitched through constant trouble in his 6.1 innings of work to earn the win. Murata held Pawtucket off the scoreboard through six by stranded two runners on base in the second, third and sixth frames. Gibson's two-run shot in the seventh, the first of his Triple-A career, finally got the PawSox on the scoreboard.

Ryan Verdugo (1-1) got the emergency start for Pawtucket in place of Steven Wright, who was called up to Boston right before the game. Wright became the fourth PawSox starter in the past nine days to be promoted to the big leagues and thus scratched from his start. Verdugo allowed three runs on three hits in 3.2 innings of work.

Chris Hernandez followed Verdugo and allowed six runs in his 2.2 frames including a five-run seventh inning that was highlighted by Walters grand slam (17) that made the score 9-0. Hernandez permitted six hits and two walks during his time on the mound.

Brown hit his team-leading 16th home run for Pawtucket in the eighth against reliever Tyler Sturdevant, then Spring went deep for the second time of the season in the ninth off of J.C. Ramirez to provide the final run of the day.

Game three of the series is slated for a 7:05 pm first pitch on Monday night. Left-hander Henry Owens (NR) is expected to get the ball for manager Kevin Boles and make his Triple-A debut, while righty Tyler Cloyd (9-5, 3.91) is expected start for the Clippers.

Good seats are still available at the McCoy Stadium box office, by calling (401) 724-7300 or by visiting Radio coverage on 920 AM (WHJJ) and also streaming online begins at 6:50 pm.

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