Clippers win 15-inning marathon
Columbus records 19 hits en route to extra innings victory
PAWTUCKET, RI – The Columbus Clippers are currently ranked last in the International League with a league-low 175 hits — but Tuesday was a different story.
The Clippers grinded out a win against the Pawtucket Red Sox 6-5 Tuesday after 15 innings of play. The win splits the series between to the two clubs 2-2.
After a night where the bats weren't performing as the Clippers hoped, the team found triumph at the plate going 15-for-44 through nine innings and eventually ending the game going 19-for-62.
Clippers' recent addition, catcher Chris Wallace, who was assigned from the Akron Aeros on Sunday, led the way going 5-for-7 at the plate. Wallace added an RBI and a double to his stat line — totaling seven bases in the game.
Despite all the success from the Clippers at the plate, the win didn't come easy for the team as the Red Sox who first blood and set the tone early in the game.
Clippers pitcher Carlos Carrasco started on the mound and hit the Red Sox second batter, shortstop Jose Iglesias, who would then steal second base to move into scoring position. Iglesias moved quickly to third after a single by center fielder Justin Henry, and then scored on a ground out by Bryce Brentz.
Henry then scored off a single on a soft fly ball to right field by first baseman Brandon Snyder. The Red Sox took an early 2-0 lead.
The Red Sox added two more runs in the bottom half of the third inning on a homerun by Brentz that scored designated hitter Jackie Bradley Jr. after he was walked. Brentz hit a homerun in 3-of-4 games against the Clippers. Brentz also added five RBIs in the series, which make up half of his ten on the year.
The Clippers finally came alive in the fourth and fifth innings.
Hermida went deep for his fourth home run of the year on a solo shot in the top half of the fourth. He added his second RBI of the game with a double to right field scoring Clippers' Lawson from second. Tim Fedroff later scored in the inning off of some solid hitting by Lawson and second baseman Cord Phelps.
Another walk by the Clippers' bullpen in the seventh led to another run by the Red Sox after two singles in the bottom of the seventh. The Red Sox took a two-run lead, 5-3, heading into the eighth inning.
Two doubles by Clippers third baseman Adam Abraham and Wallace narrowed Clippers' deficit to one-run heading into the ninth.
Following five straight innings of scoreless baseball, Fedroff doubled as the second batter in the inning. Phelps then sent Fedroff home on a sacrifice fly to center for the Clippers to take the 6-5 lead, which stood for the game's remainder.
The game featured 12 pitchers combined by both clubs with Clippers' righty Jerry Gil picking up his third win of the season (3-0). Red Sox right-handed pitcher Graham Godfrey pitched 4.1 innings and gave up up 10 hits and four runs but was not saddled with the loss. Red Sox pitcher Drew Sutton picked up his first loss of the season (0-1) after pitching two innings.
The Clippers will have Wednesday off before facing the Rochester Red Wings Thursday night in Columbus. Clippers' pitcher T.J. House is expected to start on the mound while the Red Wings will send out P.J. Walters.
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