GWINNETT- It had been more than month but Columbus right-handerÂ Joe MartinezÂ finally earned his second win of the season by leading the Clippers to a 5-2 triumph against the Gwinnett Braves Monday.
Notching his first victory since May 3, Martinez (2-5, 6.48 ERA) allowed just one earned run on eight hits with six strikeouts and no walks in his 6.1 innings of work. The strong outing was a great sign for the Clippers who witnessed their starter go 0-3 with a 11.69 ERA in six starts between wins.
The Columbus offense started off hot, banging out four runs in the first two innings.
Back-to-back errors by Gwinnett set up for a Clipper run in the top of the first. Designated hitterÂ Ezequiel CarreraÂ reached on a throwing error by shortstopÂ Sean KazmarÂ to lead off the first. In the next at-bat, center fielderÂ Matt CarsonÂ smashed a base hit groundball to second and Carrera advanced to third whenÂ Ernesto MejiaÂ dropped the ball at first base. Third basemanÂ Lonnie ChisenhallÂ then came thro...