COLUMBUS, Oh. – Here come the Columbus Clippers (58-51).
The Indianapolis Indians‘ (59-51) long-time division rival had a strong showing following a rain delay, reeling off the final six runs of Wednesday’s contest to snag a 6-3 win at Huntington Park. The Clips’ victory bring them within a half game of the Tribe in the International League West standings and sets up a battle for first place in Thursday’s series finale.
Indy jumped out to an early lead on Wednesday, plating a pair of runs before the rain arrived.
Chris Bostick led off with a double, but it was a two-out rally that got it done for Indianapolis. The next four batters reached versus Columbus starting pitcher Chris Narveson, with a Joey Terdoslavich RBI single and a Elias Diaz bases loaded walk making it 2-0.
Indians starter Clay Holmes recorded a pair of outs in the bottom of the first before the skies opened up, forcing a delay of just under an hour. Once the tarp was removed, Tyler Eppler took over for Holmes.
Eppler kept the Clippers off of the scoreboard as Indy extended their lead to 3-0 on an Erich Weiss single in the fourth, but Columbus started to turn things around in the fifth. Four runs crossed in the frame, as the Clips jumped in front and never looked back.
Adam Moore started the big inning with a bang, leading off with a homer to left. Eric Stamets followed with a single, but after back-to-back outs, Eppler was on the verge of escaping the inning with minimal damage. That would not happen, though, as Yandy Diaz kept the ball rolling by cutting Indianapolis’ lead down to 3-2 with a RBI knock. Tyler Naquin came up next and shot the Clips ahead, smacking a go-ahead two-run bomb to right.
Eppler returned to the mound for the sixth, but would not make it through the inning. Abraham Almonte led off with a double and ended up on third thanks to an error, leading to a sacrifice fly from Ronny Rodriguez that made it a 5-3 ballgame.
Columbus added one last run in the seventh, taking a 6-3 lead against Tribe reliever Edgar Santana. Two straight hits opened the seventh, with a sac fly from Naquin taking us to our final score.
With first place on the line, the Indians and Clippers will wrap up this series at Huntington Park on Thursday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with Drew Hutchison (6-6, 3.82 ERA) slated to pitch for the visitors.