Aguilar, Clippers hold off Indians, 4-3
Columbus won despite being outhit 8 to 7 on Sunday.
COLUMBUS, OH – James Ramsey hit a go-head double in the fifth and the Columbus Clippers (74-62) held on for a 4-3 victory over the Indianapolis Indians (68-68) in front of 9,879 at Huntington Park on Sunday night.
With the game tied at one to start the Clippers fifth, Luke Carlinled off with a double off the wall in right. The next batter, Ramsey laced a double to left to put the Clippers in front.
“I put myself in good counts all day,” Ramsey said. “Whenever you’re ahead in the count, you’re going to have success. I think it was a 3-2 count. It was a fastball and I was just trying to stay within myself and put a good swing on it. My strengths are to all fields. I had the one to right-center and the one to left field and that’s kind of typical of me just to be able to use foul line to foul line.”
Ramsey finished with two hits, both doubles, in four at-bats with a RBI and a run scored.
Kyle Davies (9-8, 3.91) gave the Clippers seven strong innings and allowed three runs (all earned) on six hits and two walks, while striking out six batters. He was able to pitch around base runners in every inning except the first. But Davies felt that it was because Indianapolis was putting together good at-bats.
“(Indianapolis), I thought, was really locked in tonight,” Davies said. “I thought they were making good passes at ball. Honestly, I felt like I threw some good pitches, but it was really difficult to my two strike, getting them to strikeout. Getting swings and misses were awful tight. They weren’t swinging at pitches just off the plate.”
But Davies was still able to keep his pitch count down.
“That’s a big outing by him,” Clippers manager Chris Tremie said. “He knows where we’re at (in the standings). He knows what happened yesterday and he went out and gave us seven strong innings, gave up three runs and gave us a chance to win. That’s what a veteran does and steps up for his club.”
While Davies was minimizing the damage, the Clippers were doing enough offensively to keep the lead. After Ramsey’s double gave them the lead, he moved to third on a single by Jesus Aguilar and scored on a sacrifice fly by Giovanny Urshela to put the Clippers on top 3-1 against Indianapolis starter Nick Kingham (5-4, 3.28).
Indianapolis came right back with a run in the sixth. Davies got the first two outs quickly, but then fell behind Andrew Lambo, who belted a homer to right.
Audy Ciriaco worked a leadoff walk and moved to third with two outs. Luke Carlin hit one that went off the first baseman’s glove and into right field to bring home Ciriaco for a 4-2 lead.
Indianapolis put the pressure on again in the seventh, Chris McGuinness hit one just out of reach of James Ramsey in centerfield and ended up at third for a triple with one out. Jaff Decker brought him home on single to cut the lead back to one.
Sometimes strikeouts are overrated, but with one out and d’Arnaud on third, Adams got the strikeout he needed against Andrew Lambo and then coaxed a grounder by Brent Morel to preserve the lead.
“That was a huge job by him to keep the score where it was and strand that runner out there,” Tremie said.
He started the ninth, but gave up a one out single and Tremie went to Bryan Price, who closed it out with a strikeout for his third save of the year.
The Clippers and the Indians meet for the final game of this three game series on Monday night at 7:05 PM.
DH Ryan Raburn (right wrist soreness), on rehab assignment from Cleveland, batted second and went 0-for-4.
1B Jesus Aguilar also had two hits, including a solo home run (17) in the third inning. The Clippers had seven hits for the game.
Including Sunday night, Bryan Price has a save in each of his last three appearances.
INF Francisco Lindor has eight hits in his last nine at-bats (.889), including two four hit games, but was held out of Sunday night’s game. He has raised his average from .242 to .287. Prior to Friday night, he had one four-hit game in 2013 with Class-A Carolina. He has also had a hit in 11 of his last 12 games and is on a four-game hit streak.
Louisville defeated Toledo 10-2 at Fifth Third Field. Louisville and Toledo’s elimination number is at one in both the West division and the Wild Card.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost at Rochester eliminating them from the playoffs.
The Clippers will start RHP Tyler Cloyd (10-8, 3.98) on Monday against Indianapolis. Last Wednesday, Cloyd took the loss against Toledo. He went seven innings and allowed three runs on ten hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.
He has made three starts against Indianapolis this season, going 2-1 with a 5.40 ERA. But over the last two starts, which were back-to-back on July 13 and July 18, he combined to go 2-0 with 3.46 over 13 innings.
Michael Rich is a senior majoring in Communications at The Ohio State University.