Clippers blow lead, fall 5-4 in extras
Pestano's allows three runs and blows save to doom Columbus
INDIANAPOLIS- Despite overcoming a three-run deficit, the Columbus Clippers were overtaken by the Indianapolis Indians Tuesday. The Clippers led the game into the ninth, but with a change in momentum the Indians tied the score, and Columbus would lose it in the twelfth, 5-4.
The Clippers started the game by jumping on Indianapolis. With two outs, Matt LaPorta was the first to reach base on a walk. Right fielder Jermemy Hermida follwed with a single on an infield grounder. A single by Chun-Hsiu Chen sent LaPorta into home and placed runners on the corners. Starter Kris Johnson gave up his second walk of the inning to Juan Diaz to load the bases, and a single to right field brought Hermida in to score the Clippers second run of the inning.
Columbus’ offense stayed hot rolling into the second inning. Roberto Perez led off the inning with a walk from Johnson, then made his way to second off of Tim Fedroff who grounded out. Perez made his way in to score when designated hitter LaPorta hit a line drive out to center field.
With the Clippers up 3-0, the Indians' offense eventually showed life in the fifth inning against Columbus starter Joe Martinez. Martinez had previously pitched four scoreless innings.
Indians’ centerfielder Felix Pie led off the inning with a hard hit to right field for a double. Pie then made the most of wild pitch by Martinez advancing to second. With one out, Pie made his way in to score when batter Lucas May grounded out to shortstop Diaz.
Preston Guilmet made his way into the game replacing Martinez late in the sixth. Guilmet faced one batter before ending the inning.
Early in the seventh, the Clippers made their way back on the board, furthering their lead. Chen received a walk to start the inning. Diaz followed reaching first on a throwing error, moving Chen to second. Nate Spears pushed Chen in to score with his first hit of the game, a single to centerfield.
Guilmet came back into the game pitching in the seventh. Guilmet fanned three straight batters and was rewarded with his fourth hold of the season for his efforts.
CC Lee entered the game replacing Guilmet on the mound in the eighth inning. Lee struck out two of the three Indians’ batters he faced. Lee also earned a hold for his inning pitched, his second of the season.
It seemed the Clippers had the game in the bag late in the ninth when Vinnie Pestano took over the mound. With one out, Pestano let up a single to former Clipper Russ Canzler. Pestano earned another out, but allowed Canzler to advance to second. A single and a walk given up by Pestano loaded the bases with two outs for Indianapolis.
Following the walk, Pestano gave up a single to May sending in two runs for the Indians.
With a one point cushion left Pestano gave up another single to Indianapolis scoring their third run of the inning, and the tying run.
Moving into extra innings neither team could gain an edge in the tenth. Matt Langwell replaced the struggling Pestano on the mound and held the Indians scoreless.
The game continued into the eleventh inning, where the Clippers once again were shutout. The Indians were the first to make moves in the extra innings.
Langwell let up his first hit of the game, a double out to right field. Indianapolis followed up with a single that brought in the game winning run.
Langwell received his fourth loss of the season Tuesday night.
The Indians are currently seated number one in the International League West standings, a place they’ve come accustom to since the beginning of the season. Columbus only recently made their way back to second place in the standings, the loss brought them into a tie with the Louisville bats.
The Clippers will return to Victory field Wednesday afternoon where starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka will face Indians’ Graham Godfrey.
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