Clippers late homers propel them to 11-9 win over Indians
The Clippers and Indianapolis Indians needed extra innings to determine a winner on Monday night.
In the bottom of the tenth the Clippers were down 9-7 when Dusty Brown stepped to the plate and hit a home run to left field to cut the deficit down to one run. With runners on the corners and two outs Jesus Aguilar came through for Columbus going yard to left field for a walkoff three run homer and 11-9 win for the Clippers.
With Tyler Cloyd on the mound the Indians jumped on the board with an early run off of a ground-rule double in the first. In the bottom of the first Columbus came right back and collected two runs of their own to take the lead 2-1.
Into the bottom of the third and the Clippers offense continued to dominate Indianapolis starting pitcher Adrian Sampson. James Ramsey, Matt Carson and Justin Sellers all came through with run scoring plays for a three run inning, pitting the Clippers above the Indians, 5-1.
The Clippers extended their lead in the fifth. With two on Sellers cracked one out to right field for his second RBI of the night.
Up 6-1 going into the sixth the Clippers collapsed. The Indians put up another long ball for a single homer to cut Columbus' down to lead 6-2.
Indianapolis had a huge seventh inning rally with three runs off Tyler Sturdevant to bring them within a single run below the Clippers.
In the top of the eighth the Indians took the lead for the first time with a two run shot out to left field off of Shaun Marcum who was tabbed with his first blown save.
Down by one in the bottom of the ninth it seemed the Clippers were in for their second loss in a row. Carson came through with his tenth homer of the year to tie things back up and send it into extra innings.
The back and forth continued as the Indians came out with two runs in the tenth but ultimately it was the Clippers who came out on top in the end.
With the series split 1-1 the Clippers have one more chance to come up on top of the Indians before heading to Toledo for a two game series. The Clippers are seven games up in the IL West and will continue to try clinch the division in the next few days.
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