Clippers come back late for 5-4 victory
SCRANTON, PA - On a cold morning in Scranton, Pennsylvania, some late inning heroics from the Clippers propelled Columbus to their tenth win of the year, defeating Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 5-4.
In his third start of the year for the Clippers, phenom Trevor Bauer continued his dominance of the International League.
Aside from a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning and a double and RBI single in the 5th, Bauer was impressive striking out eight while allowing only two walks. Unfortunately, thanks to only two runs from the Clippers by the time he exited the game, Bauer wouldn’t add to his win total, but his continued good showing does not go unnoticed.
Things got started offensively for Columbus in the top of the second when designated hitter Matt Carson, centerfielder Cedric Hunter, and first baseman Mike McDade singled consecutively. McDade’s base-knock brought home Carson, giving the Clippers a 1-0 lead.
Lead-off man and left fielder Tim Fedroff extended the lead to two with his first home run of the season off of RailRiders’ starter Ryan Pope.
The RailRiders’ tied up the score with the aforementioned solo home run by designated hitter Cody Johnson in the bottom of the fourth and the RBI single from right fielder Adam Maruszak in the bottom of the fifth.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the lead in the bottom of the seventh off of Clippers’ reliever Jerry Gil. After Maruszak was walked and picked off at first base, Gil walked two straight batters to face third baseman David Adams with the bases loaded and two men out. Adams singled, scoring second baseman Corban Joseph and left fielder Zoilo Almonte, while moving first baseman Dan Johnson to second. After another walk to Johnson, Gil finally got out of the inning by striking out centerfielder Melky Mesa.
With the RailRiders up 4-2, Columbus needed some runs, and got them quickly.
After a single by third baseman Ryan Rohlinger to start the eighth inning, rightfielder Jeremy Hermida smacked his third home run of the season over the fence in right field, tying the game at 4-4. With no outs in the inning, Carson started the rally all over again with a single. After Hunter popped out trying to move Carson over to second on a bunt attempt, RailRiders’ reliever Sam Demel walked McDade and shortstop Juan Diaz to load the bases for pinch-hitter Cord Phelps.
Phelps got the job done, but barely. Carson scored and gave Columbus the lead as Phelps hit a chopper to Johnson at first. Johnson got the force at second, but was unable to prevent the run from scoring.
Columbus had the lead going into the bottom of the ninth, and with Clippers’ closer Preston Guilmet on to pitch, the lead was secure as Guilmet notched his sixth save of the season.
The perpetrator who allowed the RailRiders to get the lead in the bottom of the seventh, Jerry Gil, came up with his second win of the season thanks to the offensive help in the top of the eighth.
The series is even at one to one, as the Clippers fell to the RailRiders on Tuesday, 2-1.
The Clippers continue their series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday from PNC Field. Columbus is scheduled to start the fiery Carlos Carrasco against the former Yankee great, Chien-Ming Wang. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.