Clippers fall 6-5 in ninth inning
Walk-off free pass buries Columbus
PAWTUCKET- In a back and forth affair between the Columbus Clippers and the Pawtucket PawSox, the Clippers lost a heartbreaker 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The way things started for Columbus, it was hard to imagine them losing this game.
After back to back walks by PawSox starter Allen Webster to start off the game, left fielder Cord Phelps smacked a double to the gap and scored center fielder Tim Fedroff. Designated hitter Jeremy Hermida grounded out and third baseman Abram Abraham struck out to give Webster two outs in the inning. With two on and two out, Clippers first baseman Mike McDade hit an RBI single to score right fielder Cedric Hunter and Phelps.
Down 3-0, the PawSox got back into the game in the bottom of the third.
Catcher Dan Butler got the rally started with a single off of Clippers starter Joe Martinez. As Jackie Bradley Jr. struck out swinging, Butler stole second base. With two outs in the inning, third baseman Drew Sutton walked, which brought center fielder Justin Henry to the plate. Henry roped a double and Sutton and Butler scored to bring the score to 3-2.
Columbus responded in the top of the fourth.
McDade continued his great hitting by starting the inning off with a double in the gap. Juan Diaz then struck out, but a wild pitch moved McDade to third. Catcher Omir Santos then hit a deep fly ball, allowing McDade to tag up and score, extending the lead to 4-2.
Columbus added another run in the fifth with a solo shot from Hunter.
The PawSox got a run in the eighth when Sutton singled, which brought up designated hitter Mark Hamilton, who hit a double and brought the PawSox to within two, at 5-3.
With a two-run lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, Columbus got in trouble immediately.
Second baseman Brock Holt got the inning started with a walk by Clippers’ reliever Matt Langwell. Langwell got Butler to fly out, but then walked right fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. to bring up the potential game winning run in Sutton. Sutton didn’t hit a home run, but singled and brought home Holt to put the PawSox within a run. Center fielder Justin Henry came up and followed suit, singling and bringing home Bradley JR to tie the game at 5-5. With men on first and third, Langwell walked Hamilton to load the bases for left fielder Bryce Brentz. Brentz flew out and Sutton wasn’t able to advance home on a tag-up.
The Clippers then changed pitchers, bringing Jerry Gil into the game to get the final out. The bases were loaded with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and first baseman Brandon Snyder had a shot to win the game for Pawtucket.
With the count 3-2, Gill had one pitch to send the game to extras or to end it with a loss for the Clippers. Gil threw ball four and Pawtucket won the game on the rarest of walk-off wins, the walk-off walk.
It was certainly a tough loss to swallow especially considering the Clippers had such a great chance to win.
Now at 12-10 on the year, the Clippers stand alone in second place in the International League West behind the Indianapolis Indians.
First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 pm.