Three-run 11th lifts Clippers over Indians in nightcap
INDIANAPOLIS- Trailing 2-1 heading into the ninth inning, the Columbus Clippers tied things up on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Tim Fedroff and then exploded for three runs in the top of the 11th to burry the Indianapolis Indians in the 5-2 in the latter game of a twin bill Saturday.
With two down and third baseman Ryan Rohlinger on first, catcher Omir Santos smacked a laser double into right to give Columbus the 3-2 lead. Fedroff followed with a base knock that advanced Santos to third. Fedroff swiped second for his 13th stolen base and left fielder Ezequiel Carrera then poked a soft single to center for to tack on a pair of runs.
Closer Preston Guilmet (3-4, 2.18 ERA) retired the side in the bottom half of the inning to seal the deal the Clippers. Indianapolis righty Duke Welker (3-3, 3.50 ERA) surrendered the go-ahead run to earn the earn the defeat.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer was originally scheduled to take the hill in the second game but was scratched from the start due to lower back spasms. Instead, reliever Fernando Nieve made the spot start and surrendered two runs on three hits in his brief 2.2 frames of work.
Following two shutout innings, Nieve left a ball in designated Jeff Larish’s wheelhouse and the Arizona State product sent it soaring over the right field fence for the first run of the game. Shortstop Brian Bobock and second baseman Ivan De Jesus followed with consecutive singles to put runners at the corners before center fielder Alex Presley knocked another run home with an RBI groundout to second.
Columbus finally notched a run in the top of the seventh. Three-straight base hits by Rohlinger, second baseman Nate Spears and Santos cut the deficit to one run.
The Clippers resumed their game that was postponed on July 10 in a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the 12th to begin the night. After a scoreless 13th, both teams answered with a run in both the 14th and 15th innings to keep the game deadlocked at six.
Indianapolis center fielder Felix Pie lead off the 14th by whipping a triple to left field off of right-hander Boof Bonser. With third baseman Matt Hague at the plate, Bonser threw a wild pitch to allow Pie to score easily from third. In the bottom half of the inning, Spears reached first base on a swinging strike three that went astray of catcher Lucas May. After a sacrifice bunt by Fedroff moved Spears to second, Carrera lined an RBI single into right to even the game at five.
Former Clipper Jared Goedert punched a two-out singled to left to put the Indians up 6-5 in the top of the 15th. Columbus retaliated with a solo home run to left by Rohlinger to tie the game at 6-6.
However, Indianapolis would have the last laugh, tallying three runs in the top of the 16th to earn the victory. After the first run of the inning was scored on an RBI base hit by Sands, Bocock blasted a two-run into the left field stands to give Indianapolis the 6-3 advantage and ultimately the win.
Indians relief pitcher Brooks Brown (5-4, 5.89 ERA) recorded the victory while Bonser (0-2, 7.71 ERA) was charged with the loss.
The split of the double header places the Clippers at 45-53 on the year.
Columbus left-hander T.J. House (2-9, 5.42 ERA) is set to square-off against Indianapolis right-hander Graham Godfrey (6-5, 4.54 ERA) Sunday in the final match-up before the All-Star break. The first pitch is set for a 1:35 p.m. start.