Clippers fall 6-5 in extra innings
Columbus falls to Syracuse in 14-inning marathon
SYRACUSE, NY – The Columbus Clippers fell to the Syracuse Chiefs Tuesday night, 6-5, in a 14-inning marathon game in the series opener.
The loss brings the Clippers to 21-18 on the season.
Near the end of the night, the players outnumbered the fans as Chiefs left fielder Francisco Soriano knocked a double to left field scoring second baseman Will Rhymes for the walk-off RBI in the bottom half of the 14th.
The winning run ended six innings of scoreless play, and the second longest game the Clippers have played this season behind their 15-inning game against Pawtucket on April 30.
The Clippers drew first blood after second baseman Matt Lawson scored designated hitter Jeremy Hermida on a sacrifice fly in the second. The Clippers added to their lead in the top half of the fifth one a single by catcher Omir Santos to center field scoring third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall.
Despite the length in the latter half of the game, the first four innings of play flew by with the two clubs combining for only two hits.
The Clippers’ found most of their runs in the sixth inning after a single by center fielder Tim Fedroff and two doubles by first baseman Cord Phelps and right fielder Cedric Hunter. The three combined hits and one walk in the inning gave the Clippers the 5-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
But the Chiefs struck back in the bottom half of the seventh.
The Chiefs recorded six of their 12-hit total in the bottom of the seventh to score four runs and tie the game at 5-5. The inning included six singles off the Chiefs’ bats.
Clippers’ starting pitcher Joe Martinez made an abrupt exit after the inning pitching 6.1 innings on the game and giving up eight hits and five earned runs—Martinez didn’t record a strikeout in his outing.
The Clippers’ bullpen only recorded three strikeouts through a nine-inning span.
Soriano’s double in the bottom of the 14th scored Rhymes who singled earlier in the inning to give the Chiefs a 6-5 victory over the Clippers.
Clippers’ left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes picked up his second loss of the season (2-2) after pitching 1.2 innings and giving up two hits and the losing run while Chiefs’ righty Tanner Roark grabbed his second win by going 2.0 innings and striking out two batters.