COLUMBUS, OH- The Columbus Clippers (36-41) scored three runs in the last two innings to come back against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (40-36) and win their second straight game after a six-game losing streak. The final score was 8-7 on Sunday.
Catcher Omir Santos won the game with a one-out sacrifice fly to score left fielder Tim Fedroff.
Lehigh Valley came out swinging against Clippers’ starter Trevor Bauer in the first. Center fielder Jermaine Mitchell led off with a triple to center field. Following a walk, third baseman Cody Asche doubled home Mitchell for the first run of the game. Left fielder Darin Ruf drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to center field. Through a half-inning, the Ironpigs led 2-0.
Bauer continued to struggle in the third inning. Ruf struck again with a RBI single, and he crossed the plate when designated hitter Cody Overbeck hit his thirteenth homer of the year. Bauer allowed a double and a hit batter before ending the inning in a 5-0 hole.
Bauer earned a no-decision with three innings in the books. He gave up five runs on six hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Paolo Espino entered the game in relief.
Columbus scored three runs in the fourth off of former Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano. Two singles and a walk loaded the bases with no outs. Shortstop Juan Diaz’s RBI single scored one run while third baseman Nate Spears followed with a two-run single.
Mitchell gained a run back in the fifth for Lehigh Valley with a RBI single, scoring first baseman Josh Fields, who reached on a walk.
Designated hitter Jeremy Hermida led off the bottom of the fifth with a walk and scored on a triple by Fedroff. The Clippers were down 6-4 after five innings.
Zambrano pitched five innings and got a no-decision. He allowed four runs on seven hits. He walked four and fanned six. Cesar Jimenez entered and surrendered a RBI single to Matt Carson.
Espino scattered six hits to only allow one run in three innings of relief behind Bauer. Clay Rapada took the mound in the seventh inning.
Catcher Steven Lerud hit his third home run in the seventh to give the Ironpigs a 7-5 lead at the stretch.
The Clippers began to rally with a run in the eighth inning. Right fielder Ezequiel Carrera reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and crossed the dish on Carson’s second RBI knock of the night.
Mauricio Robles entered to close the game for Lehigh Valley. Things did not go as planned as he blew the save. A walk, catcher’s interference call and an intentional walk loaded the bases with one out. Manager Chris Tremie brought pinch-hitter Chun Chen to the plate in place of Spears. Chen coaxed a walk to tie the game at seven. Santos won the game with a fly ball to score the winning run.
Matt Langwell got the win, with one and one third innings of shutout ball. Rapada allowed one run in one and two-thirds innings before Langwell.
The Ironpigs bullpen of Jimenez, Zach Miner and Robles combined to allow four runs (three earned) on three hits and four walks over three and two-thirds innings. Robles was hung with the loss.
Lehigh Valley outhit the Clippers 15-10 with Carson leading the way with three hits. Santos added two hits of his own.
The Clippers and Ironpigs will conclude the series on Monday afternoon. Columbus will tap the talents of righty Joe Martinez (2-5, 6.25). The Iron Pigs will counter with right-hander Ethan Martin (7-3, 5.33). First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 PM.