Offensive explosion powers Clippers to 9-5 win
Columbus recorded a staggering 15 hits against Indianapolis
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The All-Star Break is a much-needed rest for all players, but it can be even more beneficial if a team ends the season’s first half with a win.
On Sunday afternoon, the Columbus Clippers (53-46) did just that by beating the Indianapolis Indians (53-46) by a score of 9-5 to enter the break on a high.
Columbus starting pitcher Travis Cloyd was excellent over the first five innings, keeping the Indians off the scoreboard while striking out five.
But the home team got on the board in the sixth, through there wasn’t much that Cloyd did wrong.
Tony Sanchez looked like he was going to fly out to end the inning, but left fielder Justin Sellers committed an error and Sanchez reached second. Mel Rojas made no mistake with the man on base, singling to right field to send Sanchez home.
Now with an advantage of only one run, the Columbus hitters turned up the pressure again with an offensive barrage.
Later in the inning, Luke Carlin walked with the bases loaded to make the score 5-1.
The Indians scored one in the bottom of the inning and another in the eighth, but the Clippers kept them at arms length.
Aguilar singled to send Holt once again, this time in the eighth. Then in the ninth, Carlin doubled to score both Carson and Moncrief. Ramirez kept the rally going with a single to help Carlin cross home, the Clippers’ 15th hit and 9th run of the game.
Indianapolis didn’t go home quietly, though. Columbus pitcher Mark Lowe allowed a two-run two-out single to Brett Morel, making the score 9-5.
But Lowe got Sanchez to fly out to end the home team’s comeback.
The Clippers enter the All-Star Break on the back of a four-game winning streak. With Sunday’s win, the two teams are tied atop the International League’s West Division.
That battle for divisional supremacy will continue after the break when the Indians come to Huntington Park for a four-game set beginning on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Jesus Aguilar will be in starting lineup for the All-Star Game on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 7:07 PM at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.