Columbus Clippers lose, 5-4, to Rochester after leading early
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – After a lengthy rain delay the Columbus Clippers took on the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field. After a back and forth battle the Red Wings came out on top, winning 5-4 Wednesday.
Rochester got the early jump on Columbus in the first.
T.J. House loaded the bases with two outs after giving up two singles and a walk. A sharp line drive down the left-field line, brought two runs home for Rochester, putting the Red Wings up 2-0.
Columbus' run support came to answer Rochester in the second. With one out Elliot Johnson sent a high fly ball out to right field that got him all the way to third. With Johnson in scoring position Audy Ciriaco hit an infield grounder that brought him home. Carlos Moncrief followed up with a single to put a runner on and a fielding error by Rochester allowed Moncrief to come home to score.
With a tie ball game Columbus took control in the sixth. Third baseman Giovanny Urshela lead off the inning by doubling off a fly ball to the centerfield wall. Jesus Aguilar reached base for the first time Wednesday night by getting hit by a pitch.
Urshela reached third off of a fly out, putting runners on the corners. Ciriaco tallied his second RBI of the night with a sacrifice fly that brought Urshela home to score. Aguilar came home next when Moncrief sent one deep into right field for the double. The Clippers led Rochester, 4-2, going into the bottom of the sixth.
After keeping the Red Wings off the board for four innings, House gave up two more runs in the sixth. Two doubles in a row allowed the first run, cutting Columbus' lead in half.
Another single by Rochester put two on base. During a double play another run came in to score and tied the game up yet again at 4-4.
Columbus' bullpen took over to finish up the sixth inning. Late in the ninth Vinnie Pestano let one on with a double, followed by a sac bunt to move the runner to third. A sac fly brought the runner in to score Rochester the winning run. Pestano received the loss for the night.
Columbus has now lost the first two of its four-game away series with Rochester. The two losses have given Indianapolis a three game lead in the International League West standings, but Columbus still holds down the No. 2 spot.
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