INDIANAPOLIS – After a 30-minute delay started the night and plenty of zeroes on the scoreboard followed, the Columbus Clippers finally provided some separation on Monday.
Richie Shaffer‘s RBI single in the top of the eleventh inning broke a scoreless tie, as the Clips opened a three-game series versus the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field with an 1-0 win.
Starting pitchers Josh Lindblom (Indianapolis) and Chris Narveson (Columbus) set the tone for the ballgame with some fantastic pitching.
Lindblom, a Lafayette native, limited the Clippers to just three hits and no walks in five innings pitched. The right-hander also struck out seven batters in his first start with a major league affiliated team since August of 2014. Narveson, a 35-year-old veteran, answered with six innings of shutout ball. The southpaw gave up four hits and walked one hitter.
Each side’s bullpen kept the game scoreless, with Pat Light and Dovydas Neverauskas leading the way with two innings each for the Indians, until we got to the eleventh.
Tribe lefty Dan Runzler fired a perfect tenth, but after Columbus reliever Tyler Olsen responded with one of his own, the Clippers struck in the eleventh.
Adam Moore got the rally started with a leadoff single and after an one-out throwing error from Indians second baseman Chris Bostick, the visitors were in the business. Runzler issued an intentional walk to load the bases before he was replaced by Brett McKinney, but Shaffer knocked in the game’s winning run anyway.
Olsen remained in the game for the Clips in the bottom half of the eleventh and turned in another perfect frame, handing Columbus the 1-0 victory.
The Tribe will look to snap their three-game losing skid when they take on the Clippers again on Tuesday. First pitch from the Vic is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with Steven Brault (0-0, 4.50 ERA) expected to start for Indy.