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Clippers Turned the Tide Against the Norfolk Tides

The Columbus Clippers defeated the Norfolk Tides 1-0 yesterday in Virginia, as well as winning 10-2 this past Saturday after losing 8-1 in the first game of the road series this past Friday.

Seven wins out of the last nine games have propelled the Clippers to just two games behind the International League West-leading Indianapolis Indians.

One run in the top of the first was enough for Columbus in Sunday’s game. Clippers pitcher #45 Adam Plutko earned his seventh win of the season while #50 Jon Edwards earned the save in yesterday’s 1-0 win.

The Columbus Clippers (63-56) start a 7-game home stretch, beginning tonight with a 3-game series against the Rochester Red Wings (53-64). The first pitch of the series against Rochester is tonight at 7:05 p.m.

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#11 Gyasi Zardes Just Tapped It in for a Crew Win

Columbus Crew SC earned three critical points in its third consecutive victory this past Saturday night with a dramatic 1-nil win against the visiting Houston Dynamo at MAPFRE Stadium that featured several chances left wanting for both teams.

Crew SC’s #7 Pedro Santos nearly scored in the 30th minute when his shot from about 20-yards out hit the post. #13 Mike Grella missed a great chance for Columbus in the 52nd minute from inside the 18 when his shot went wildly wide. The Crew’s goalie #23 Zack Steffen kept the clean sheet, which included a big save in the 73rd minute.

However, it was the Crew’s #11 Gyasi Zardes who showed up in the 91st minute with a game-winning tap-in after settling the ball down from his chest from a cross by #25 Harrison Afful.

Columbus Crew SC’s new–yet old–#9 Justin Meram came off the bench in the 60th minute. While he did not score or garner an assist, he did return as a hometown favorite in front of an announced crowd of 15,891.

Columbus Crew SC (39 points) play Atlanta United FC (48 points) on artificial turf inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium this Sunday at 4 p.m.

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