Pino, Putnam, Pestano Pitch One-hitter!

Pino, Putnam, Pestano Pitch One-hitter!

Yohan Pino, Zach Putnam and Vinnie Pestano pitched a combined one-hitter for Columbus to win 1-0 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Friday night. The Clippers lead the best-of-five series, 2-1. There wasn't a bit of no-hit drama, however. Pino gave up a single to the first batter he faced, walked the next man and the Yankees never had a guy reach base again. Columbus scratched out an eighth-inning run.

The run scored in bizarre fashion after the Clippers twice had runners thrown out at home in the seventh inning.

Luke Carlin lined a one-out double and did not advance when Josh Rodriguez lined out to right field. Carlin scored however when Jose Constanza beat out an infield single to second base. Carlin, a veteran catcher, is not exactly a fast runner, but surprised the Yankees defense.

Such daring baserunning paid off one inning after two quick runners failed to score.

With runners on first and second, Wes Hodges grounded a single to left, but speedy Ezequiel Carrera was thrown out trying to score. Drew Sutton then lined a single to left and Cord Phelps was out trying to score from second.

Putnam and Pestano made it stand up. Both struck out all three batters he faced. Pino fanned six over seven innings.

Right-hander Paolo Espino (3-3, 5.62) will try to get series-clinching win Saturday. He will oppose Hector Noesi (1-1, 4.82).

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