Columbus Cippers lose late lead to Norfolk Tides, fall 6-5
Francisco Lindor continues to show why he is the Indians top prospect in the Clippers 6-5 loss to the Norfolk a Tides.
Lindor went 2 for 5, with one RBI and two runs. Over his first seven games in Triple-A Lindor is batting .370 with 2HR, 4RBI and 7R.
Kyle Davies started his day a little rocky by putting two runners on in the first with no outs. The Tides kept rolling with a drive out to right fielder Carlos Moncrief for a double, bringing home Norfolk's first run of the day.
Davies time on the mound did not get easier, with runners on second and third, an infield grounder brought home a second run for the Tides.
After giving up another single to put Norfolk runners on the corners, a force out brought one more run in for the Tides.
Down by three and the Clippers worked to get on the board. With one out Lindor sent a fly ball out to left for a single. Elliot Johnson followed drawing a walk, putting two on for Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar didn't disappoint with a deep fly into center field for a RBI single.
Moncrief followed suit with an RBI single of his own to bring the Clippers within one run of the Tides.
Bottom of the second and Columbus looked to tie things up. With two outs Lindor collected his second single of the game, followed by a single from Johnson. Aguilar loaded up the bases after being hit by a pitch.
Moncrief stepped up to the plate and came through with another RBI single to tie things up at three.
Columbus kept the momentum going into the third. Ryan Rohlinger led off with a single, and with one out Chris Wallace joined him on the bases with his own single.
Tyler Holt came through with a fly ball out to right, sending Rohlinger running home to score. With the Clippers in the lead Lindor grounded out, but brought Wallace home safely for the two run lead.
Davies held the tides off the board for two innings, before struggling in the fourth. Norfolk's Dariel Alvarez doubled on a grounder out to center to kick things off. Former Clipper Cord Phelps stepped up next singling on a infield grounder to Lindor. A sac-fly to center field brought in a run for the Tides.
Down by one and the Tides rallied in the eighth. Bryan Price loaded up the bases before being replaced by Austin Adams. Adams threw a wild pitch to the first batter he saw to bring in the tying run for Norfolk.
After working his way out of the eight Adams returned in the ninth. With one out Adams left one hanging and Christian Walker went yard. The homer put the Tides up 6-5.
The Clippers end the series with Norfolk with a 1-3 record. Columbus remains atop the International League West standings headed into an off day before Louisville comes to town.
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