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The Rochester Red Wings managed just one run on six hits and fell to the Columbus Clippers 4-1 Thursday afternoon at Huntington Park.
Rucinski set the Clippers (64-60) down in order the first two innings but ran into trouble in the third. Erik Gonzalez started the inning with a single and stole second base. After a groundout, Rucinski issued a walk to Nellie Rodriguez, batting .168, and Michael Martinez doubled in a run to open the scoring. Yohan Pino entered from the bullpen and surrendered a sacrifice fly to give Columbus a 2-0 lead.
Gonzalez homered off Pino in the fifth to make it 3-1. The Clippers added another run in the sixth as Tyler Naquin singled with two outs and later scored when Richie Shaffer singled to cap the scoring at 4-1.
The Red Wings wasted an early scoring chance against Plutko, putting runners at the corners with nobody out in the 2nd but didn’t score. Rochester finished 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position but neither hit drove in a run.
Next Home Game: The Red Wings begin a crucial seven-game homestand with a four-game set against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees) on Monday, August 21 at 7:05 p.m. at Frontier Field.
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