Clippers surrender late-lead, fall To Indians, 7-5
Columbus and Indy played each other 10 consecutive times ending on Sunday.
COLUMBUS, OH – When you play a team ten consecutive times, you are going to be happy to see the back of them.
That’s probably how the Columbus Clippers (54-49) and Indianapolis Indians (56-47) felt on Sunday evening after the Indians 7-5 win, one which wrapped up a slate of ten-straight games between the two squads.
Sunday’s game looked like it was going in the Clippers favor early on when they scored four runs in the first inning.
Jose Ramirez led off with a walk, before Tyler Holt and Jesus Aguilar loaded the bases with singles. Giovanny Urshela made no mistake by lining a double into left field, allowing Ramirez and Holt to score.
One out later, Audy Ciriaco also had a bases-loaded opportunity, and his single scored Aguilar and Urshela.
Indianapolis made it 4-2 in the fourth, Chris d’Arnaud’s double enough to score Brent Morel on third.
But the Clippers hit right back in the bottom of the inning. Shortstop Justin Sellers hit a solo homer, his second of the year, to leadoff the frame.
Masterson departed the scene before the sixth inning. He allowed two runs on five hits and also struck out six.
His replacement Josh Outman gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, but Columbus still seemed in control at 5-3.
That was until the eighth inning.
J.C. Ramirez came in to pitch the eighth, and his problems began immediately.
McGuiness and Rojas began the inning with singles and things got worse when Urshela misplayed a ball at third, meaning the bases were loaded.
Robert Andino came to the dish with the bases still full and two outs, and he composed himself enough to hit a 1-1 pitch into right field for a three-run single.
Having trailed by four runs at one point, the Indians now led 6-5. They added an insurance run in the ninth when McGuiness got his second hit off Ramirez, this time a solo homer.
Andy Oliver retired Ramirez, Holt and Aguilar to give Indianapolis the 7-5 victory. The loss for Columbus means the two teams split their ten consecutive matchups, though the Indians now lead the Clippers by two games in the International League West Division.
Columbus hits the road on Monday to take on Louisville for a four-game set. First pitch on Monday is set for 7:05 PM, with Gabriel Arias taking the hill for Columbus.