Tides Take Early Lead, Hold Off the Bucks 5-4
Date: Jun 24, 2017
Carrollton, Ga. – The Carrollton Clippers (3-4) rallied against the Gwinnett Tides (4-3) in the eighth inning, scoring two runs and beating them 2-1.
Runs were at a premium as both sides’ pitching staffs were dealing for most of the night, striking out a combined 18 batters. Tides’ starter Rhys Pollock went for five innings with three strikeouts while giving up no hits. Clipper starter Austin Goff also had a good game, going five innings and striking out four, while giving up four hits and one unearned run.
The Tides struck first in the top of the second. After TJ Riles walked and Parker Biederer reached on a single to the shortstop, Riles scored on an error by Blake Jackson, giving the Tides a 1-0 lead.
JD Brown (2-0) kept the Clippers within striking distance, going three innings and striking out four while only giving up one hit and one walk.
In the eighth inning with one out, Logan Hicks (0-1) walked two straight Clipper batters. After both reached second and third on stolen bases, Isaac Phillips tied the game with an RBI single up the middle. After Denzel Coley came in and intentionally walked Matthew Vacarro, loading the bases, the Clippers took the lead for good on a four pitch walk by Jackson.
The Gwinnett held the Clippers to just two hits on the night, but that disastrous eighth proved costly in the end.
Both teams face each other again on Monday, June 19th, at Georgia Gwinnett College. Game time is at 7 p.m.