For the second time in three nights, the Columbus Clippers won in their last at-bat against the Scranton/WB. On Monday, designated hitter and Clipper-newcomer Chun-Hsiu Chen played the role of hero. With no outs and two runners on, Chen punched a single into left field to score pinch runner Matt Lawson
and give his team a 6-5 victory in the bottom of the tenth.
In just his second game at the Triple-A level after being promoted from Double-A Akron Sunday, Chen went 3-5 with two singles, a homerun and two RBI.
After Columbus right-hander Joe Martinez
allowed five runs in his five innings of work, the bullpen stepped up to cool off the RailRider bats and allow the Clipper offense to battle their way back from a 5-1 deficit.
The RailRiders tallied four runs in the top of the third inning to take the early lead.
After retiring the first two batters, right-hander Joe Martinez administered a walk to right fielder Brennan Boesch
. Left fielder Zoilo Almonte
followed by smacking a single to center field to advance Boesch to third. Martinez then gave up his second free pass of the inning to first baseman Dan Johnson
to load the bases.
In the next at-bat, third baseman Josh Bell
singled on a ball that deflected off of Martinez’s glove to bring the first run home. Designated hitter Thomas Neal
then smashed a bases-clearing double into left field to make it 4-0.
Chen launched a solo homerun over the left field wall to put Columbus on the board and cut the margin to 4-1.
Scranton/WB responded with another run in the fifth to push their advantage back four runs.
After back-to-back base hits by Almonte and Johnson to put runners on first and second, Martinez set down the next two batters but then surrendered an RBI double to center fielder Melky Mesa
Martinez’s night ended there after allowing five earned runs on seven hits but was let off the hook thanks to a late-inning comeback by the Clipper offense.
After being shut down by RailRider starter Chris Bootchek through the first six innings of play, Columbus rallied for four runs in the bottom of the seventh to even the score at 5-5.
With reliever Jim Miller
on to replace Bootcheck, right fielder Matt Carson
leadoff by lacing a two-bagger to right field. Shortstop Juan Diaz
followed with a walk and catcher Omir Santos
lined a single to center to score Carson. Left fielder Ezequiel Carrera
roped an RBI double to right and two outs later third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall
singled through the hole at second for two more RBI.
Neither team scored in the ninth inning which brought the game into extra innings. First baseman Matt LaPorta
started the rally by popping a single to center field and then Lawson was sent in to replace him as a pinch-runner. Chisenhall followed with another base knock before Chen came through in the clutch.
Left-hander Josh Spence
suffered the defeat for Scranton/WB after allowing the game-winning hit.
With the win, the Clippers advance their record to 27-18 while the RailRiders drop below even at 21-22.
Columbus righty Carlos Carrasco
(1-0, 1.60 ERA) will take the mound in the rubber match Tuesday and will challenge former New York Yankee ace Chien-Ming Wang
(2-3, 3.29 ERA). Action is slated to begin at 10:35 a.m.
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