Clippers Advance To Governor's Cup

Clippers Advance To Governor's Cup

The Columbus Clippers are playing for the International League championship. Columbus defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 11-5, Saturday to advance to the finals. Drew Sutton had three hits and along with Josh Rodriguez each drove in three runs as Columbus won the best-of-five series in four games. The Clippers will play the winner of the Durham-Louisville series in the best-of-five Governor's Cup.

The Bats lead that series, 2-1 heading into Saturday night's game against the host Bulls in Durham.

Columbus last won a International League title in 1996., when the Clippers were the New York Yankees' farm club.

Paolo Espino allowed two runs over seven innings for the win. He struck out six without a walk, giving up five hits.

Carlton Smith yielded three runs and got only two outs in the eighth and Josh Judy worked a scoreless 1 1-3 innings to finish it.

Jose Constanza, Ezequiel Carrera, Wes Hodges, Jared Goedert and Josh Rodriguez all had three hits for Columbus. Rodriguez hit a solo homer and double.

Dutton's two-out, two-run single put Columbus ahead 2-1 in the third. The Clippers added a seven-run fourth that included a three-run homer by Rodriguez and two-run single by Hodges.

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