Columbus Clippers fall to Norfolk Tides in 11 innings, 3-2
NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Tides took the win 3-2 in eleven innings Saturday night. The Columbus Clippers' loss kicks off their four game series with the Tides.
Jesus Aguilar crushed his seventh homer of the season in the sixth inning to put the Clippers ahead, 1-0. Aguilar leads Columbus in home runs for the season.
Travis Banwart took the mound for the Clippers. The righty pitched 5.2 scoreless innings giving up three hits, three walks, and fanned four.
The Clippers continued to roll in the sixth with two on Justin Sellershad a hard hit single out to right field, bringing Carlos Moncriefhome to score.
Blake Wood got the call in the seventh when the Tides answered the Clippers' two runs with two of their own. Wood loaded the bases with a single and two walks. Former Clipper Cord Phelps then reached on a fielding error by shortstop Ryan Rohlinger, the error cost the Clippers two runs, tying up the game 2-2.
Wood walked one more before being replaced by Vinnie Pestano, who got the third out. Pestano remained in the game for the eighth, giving up just a single hit in his 1.1 innings of work.
After two eventful innings all bats went cold. The 2-2 game reached clear into an eleventh inning before Norfolk struck.
Mark Lowe entered the game late in the tenth and continued pitching in the eleventh. Lowe loaded the bases with two walks (one intentional) and a double before a line drive down the middle brought in the game winning run for the Tides.
The loss takes the Clippers record down to 9-12. Despite sporting a below .500 record Columbus remains a seat ahead of the Toledo Mud Hens in the International League West standings.
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