Lindor's 2 HR not enough as Clippers fall to Tides, 6-5
Columbus struggled in the 2nd and 7th allowing 3 runs in each frame.
COLUMBUS, OH - Francisco Lindor shined in the Clippers 6-5 loss to the Norfolk Tides. The short stop went yard not just once, but twice. The switch hitter is currently batting .333 in his first five games in triple-a.
Top of the second and TJ House immediately put a runner on after hitting him with his second pitch. The struggle continued for House as he let up a grounder out to right field for a single.
With one out House gave up his second and third hits of the night, two RBI singles. With the Tides up 2-0, they came brought with another single to load the bases. House fell victim one final time with a RBI single on a fly ball out to right field, before getting out of the inning.
Bottom of the second and the Clippers fought back. Carlos Moncrief drew the walk to get on base and was brought in to home by Audy Ciriaco's two run blast to left field. Columbus headed into he third down 3-2.
The Clippers stayed down until the bottom of the sixth when newcomer Lindor led off the inning with his first triple-a home run to tie things up.
Just when it looked like Columbus was going to make a comeback Norfolk came into the seventh with a huge inning. House continued on the mound for he Clippers and started the inning off walking the lead off hitter. The tides grounded out on the next one, but managed to move the single runner into scoring position.
A grounder through the infield brought in a run for Norfolk to break up the tie. The runner made his way to third on a fielding error by Tyler Holt.
With a runner on third House left one hanging for a double, bringing in the Tides' second run of the inning.
House was replaced by Austin Adams. The righty fanned the first batter he faced, but followed up giving up a single to score a third run for Norfolk.
Down by three it looked grim for the Clippers, but Lindor would not disappoint. Bottom of the eighth with one out and Lindor went yard for his second homer of the night to cut the deficit to 6-4.
Bottom of the ninth and Columbus kept it coming. Moncrief doubled on a fly ball out to left field. A wild pitch sent Moncrief over to third and with one out Ciriaco popped a sac-fly up to bring him home. The Clippers fell one run short of tying things up.
Columbus has now dropped two games against the Norfolk Tides, with two more to go. Although the Clippers have struggled since their return to Huntington Park they remain at the top of the Standings in the International League West.
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