Columbus Clippers rally to beat Lehigh Valley IronPigs in 10th
COLUMBUS, Ohio –– There was free baseball at Huntington Park as the Clippers rallied in the bottom of the 10th to beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-5.
With Gabriel Arias on the mound the IronPigs got and got an early jump on Columbus in the first with a homer out to left field with two outs.
Up by one and Lehigh Valley kept the bats hot in the second. A lead off single put a runner on. A sac-bunt then led to runners on first and second due to a fielding error by Arias. With one out a walk loaded up the bases, setting up a force out that brought in the second run of the game.
With runners on the corners and two outs Arias let up another walk, loading the bases for the second time. A grounder out to left field sent two more runs in for the IronPigs, pitting them four runs ahead of Columbus after two innings.
In the bottom of the third, the Clippers began their rally. Dusty Brown followed by Francisco Lindor both came through with singles to reach base. Elliot Johnson drew the walk to put three runners on with no outs for Columbus. Jesus Aguilar flew into a double play, but both Brown and Lindor made it home to cut the Pigs lead in half.
The Clippers kept their rally hopes alive in the bottom of the fourth with a second wind. Matt Carson led off with an infield grounder for one of his three singles Wednesday night. James Ramsey brought Carson running home, following Carson with a high fly to right for a triple.
Chris Wallace would not leave Carson out to dry, his fly out to left field for the single RBI.
With things tied up after the fourth Columbus' bullpen kept things scoreless through the ninth. With no run support in those five innings the Clippers played into the tenth.
With the Pigs up by one the Clippers had one last chance. With two outs Carson sent a grounder through the infield gap out to centerfield to reach first. Ramsey followed with a double, moving Carson to third.
In a freak play Chris Wallace reached first on a throwing error by Lehigh Valley's third baseman, bringing not only the tying but the winning run home.
Walk-off Wednesday is what many are calling it after the Clippers followed suit behind their major league affiliate with a walk-off win. The win puts the Clippers up in the series 2-1 with one game left. After winning two in a row Columbus has a cushy five game lead in the International League West standings with 19 games left in the regular season.
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