COLUMBUS, OHIO — After more than four hours of a back-and-forth contest at Huntington Park in Columbus, the Indianapolis Indians (59-35) and Columbus Clippers (42-52) have been suspended in the top of the 13th inning with the score tied 4-4.
The game will be resumed from its stopping point this Saturday, July 13 at 7:05 p.m. at Victory Field, and the two teams’ regularly-scheduled contest on Saturday evening will begin 30 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.
Before the rain descended upon Huntington Park, the Tribe found itself trailing 4-3 in the top of the eighth inning. Following two quick outs, the Indians began knocking on the door as Tony Sanchez, Jeff Larish and Jerry Sands each drew two-out walks to put three men on base for Brain Bocock.
With the bases juiced and floodgates ready to open, Columbus called upon its lights-out right-hander C.C. Lee (0.2 IP, H, ER, HR), who thwarted the comeback by inducing a flyout to end the frame.
Down to their final chance of the contest and with a potential series loss on the line, the Indians found the boost they needed via Jared Goedert. The former Clippers infielder fell behind Lee 1-2, but after working to even the count 2-2, Goedert unleashed a little revenge against his former team by depositing a game-equalizing solo shot over the left-field wall that knotted the contest 4-4.
For Goedert, the longball was his 10th of the season, but for Lee, the big fly was his first surrendered in 16 games this year.
From there, it became a heated duel between Indianapolis left-hander Atahualpa Severino and Columbus right-hander Boof Bonser, who both kept the opposition from crossing home plate until the game was suspended. While Bonser (3.0 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) worked a strong outing of 3.0 scoreless frames, it was the southpaw Severino (4.0 IP, H, BB, 3 SO) that stole the show as he limited the Clippers to just one hit in 4.0 shutout innings of work.
The lefty walked one lone batter and fanned three to keep the Tribe in a great position to win the contest.
While the matchup concluded in a duel between hurlers, Wednesday’s rubber game opened with quick scoring from both sides, beginning with Indianapolis plating two scores in the first inning to snag an early lead.
Although Alex Presley flew out in the contest’s first at-bat, Goedert got the offense rolling as he lined a single into right to put a runner on for Felix Pie, who promptly made the score 2-0 with a two-run mammoth homer that bounced off the scoreboard in right field.
Pie’s blast was the slugger’s third homer over his last five games, and continues his hot start to July in which he’s leading the entire IL with seven extra-base hits, ranks tied for third with three homers and slugging at the sixth-highest mark with his .710 clip.
Holding onto a two-run cushion, the IL strikeout leader Andy Oliver took the mound poised to continue his recent string of three straight quality starts. However, in a rather foreboding fashion, the southpaw issued a lead-off walk to CF Tim Fedroff, who then quickly advanced to second as Ezequiel Carrera legged out an infield single to put the first two batters of the game aboard.
Following a flyout from Chun-Hsiu Chen, Oliver loaded the bases when he plunked Jeremy Hermida, but the southpaw worked down to the final out of the inning by sitting Matt Carson down on strikes. Unfortunately, just when the Tribe appeared out of the woods, Oliver hurled four straight balls to Juan Diaz for a bases-loaded walk that sent Fedroff jogging home to bring Columbus within 2-1.
Just one batter later, Ryan Rohlinger took a similar approach as Diaz, watching four of five pitches sail by for the second bases-loaded free pass of the inning, this time bringing Carrera plateward to knot the score 2-2.
Both squads’ bats were kept in check in the second frame, but the Clippers took advantage of another walk to snag a small lead in the third. After Carson whiffed for the second time in as many at-bats, Diaz walked to first on a base-on-balls and advanced all the way to third courtesy of a one-out single to right from Rohlinger. Luis Hernandez then lifted a deep sac fly to center to allow Diaz to trot home to put Columbus up 3-2.
Trailing by a score in the fourth, Indianapolis used one booming swing to claw it’s way back into the contest as Bocock, who was officially acquired from Washington moments before today’s game, smashed a solo homer in his second at-bat with the Tribe to tie the score 3-3. The longball was Bocock’s first of the 2013 season despite appearing in 22 games Triple-A Syracuse, and his first since Aug. 7, 2012 when he was with Double-A New Hampshire.
Although the Indians tagged Joe Martinez (7.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO) for three scores, Columbus’ starter otherwise delivered a solid outing, fanning a season-high tying seven to just two walks in his 7.0 frames of action. The right-hander surrendered eight scattered hits but ultimately did not factor into the game’s final decision.
In the home half of the fourth, the Indians passed the ball along to Ryan Reid in favor of Oliver (3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 5 BB, 4 SO), with the right-handed starter having allowed three earned runs in a season-low 3.0 innings of work. With Reid (2.0 IP, H, 2 SO) on the hill, the Tribe cruised through the fifth and sixth as its reliever surrendered just one hit while fanning two before giving way to Jose Contreras.
Contreras (1.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER) however, wasn’t as fortunate as Reid, and booted a ball from Carrera for a three-base error that moved the runner only 90 feet away from home. Following a coaching visit to the mound, Contreras induced a flyout from Hermida, but the ball sailed deep enough to allow Carrera to tag from third and boost the Clippers to a 4-3 edge.
The game remained a one-run affair until the Tribe sparked its late-inning fireworks, which were then temporarily extinguished as heavy rain forced the suspension of Wednesday’s contest.
The Indians will now head to Louisville Slugger Field for a pair of contests which will mark the end of the Tribe’s eight-game road swing. Indianapolis is expected to give the ball to left-handed ace Kris Johnson (8-4, 2.86), while the Bats are scheduled to send Daniel Corcino (4-11, 6.72) to the mound for Thursday’s 7:05 p.m. game.