Indians cruise past Clippers in standings after 15-5 win
Columbus went down 6-0 after the first, and never was able to recover.
COLUMBUS, OH - Top of the first and the Indianapolis Indians went to town. A single homer blasted into left field got the Indians on the board and they were not through. A three-run homer followed by a two run big fly put the Indians atop the Clippers 6-0 going into the bottom of the first.
Toru Murata made the start for the Clippers and attempted to get his first triple-a win, but a win was not in the cards for Columbus or Murata as Indianapolis took the victory 15-5.
Murata remained in the game and pitched a scoreless second before being taken for a ride again in the third. With no outs Murata gave up his fourth homer of the night, putting the Indians up 7-1.
The home run derby continued in the fourth when Murata left one hanging for a two-run homer out to left field.
With the Clippers down by eight they slowly started making the climb back in the bottom of the fourth. Giovanny Urshela hit a ground rule double to lead off the inning. Left fielder Carlos Moncrief followed up with a single to send Urshela running home to score.
Audy Ciriaco stepped up to the dish with one out and went yard to bring him and Moncrief home.
With the Indians lead cut down to 9-4, both teams went scoreless through the fifth and sixth innings before the Indianapolis bats heated back up.
Bryan Price pitching in the seventh and he would give up a single followed by two walks to load up the bases. With no outs a sac-fly brought in he Indians tenth run of the game, but Price would pitch his way through with no further damage.
Top of the eighth and Frank Herrmann replaced Price. Herrmann fell victim to the Indians giving them their sixth home run of the night on a high fly out to right field.
Entering the ninth things were looking dim for Columbus and would only get worse. Tyler Sturdevant gave up two hits and earned three runs. Josh Outman got the call to the mound with a single out and bases loaded from Sturdevant. Two singles and a passed ball by catcher Chris Wallace gave he Indians a 15-4 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
Wallace led things off for Columbus, drawing the walk. He would be sent to third on Jose Ramirez's drive to center field.
With runners on second and third and two outs Urshela came through with a RBI single to get on the board one last time.
With the Clippers loss to the Indians, Indianapolis takes the edge to move into first place. The Clippers are a single game behind with a 54-48 record. With the five game series currently split 2-2, they will play one more game with Indianapolis before hitting the road to Louisville for a four-game stretch.
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