NORFOLK, VA-Xavier Paul hit a two-run homer, but Columbus used three home runs of their own to power their way past the Tides 6-2 Sunday afternoon at Harbor Park. The Clippers started the scoring in the second inning, as Carlos Moncrief belted a solo shot to right field off of Tides starter Eddie Gamboa (0-2). Later in the inning, Roberto Perez lofted a two-run shot to left-center field to put Columbus up 3-0.
Norfolk pulled within 3-2 in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Paul, his second home run of the year. It was the first homer of the year surrendered by Clippers starter Trevor Bauer (3-0), who earned the win after allowing two runs on five hits in seven strong innings of work. The 23-year-old right-hander, who entered the season as the #3 prospect in the Indians system, walked one and struck out seven.
The Clippers extended their lead in the sixth courtesy of another home run. Moncrief opened up the inning with a single and proceeded to steal second and third. With two outs, the Tides opted to intentionally walk Perez to put runners on first and third, but Audy Ciriaco followed by connecting on a three-run shot into left field, chasing Gamboa from the contest and giving the Clippers a 6-2 lead.
Gamboa allowed six runs on five hits as he issued four walks while striking out six. His six strikeouts gave him 31 on the season – second-most in the International League. The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for Norfolk (7-16), while the Clippers (10-12) have now won five of their last seven games.