July 24, 2005 - International League (IL) - Indianapolis Indians
INDIANAPOLIS -- Columbus broke open a tie game with six runs in the top of the eighth en route to a 7-1 win over Indianapolis Sunday afternoon at Victory Field. The Clippers, who improve to 57-45 with their fourth straight victory, pull to within a half game of the Tribe in the race for an International League playoff berth. The Indians fall to 58-44 on the season.
Tribe RHP Bryan Bullington (7.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 7 SO) was nearly untouchable for seven frames, but had trouble getting out of the eighth inning. The former No. 1 overall pick, who fell to 5-4 with the loss, had recorded 13.2 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run until Columbus came up with seven base knocks in the eighth.
Clippers catcher Dave Parrish led off the game-deciding frame with a single through the left side. After advancing 90 feet on a sacrifice bunt, Parrish moved to third on RF Kevin Reese's base knock through the left side and plated the go-ahead run when LF Kevin Thompson tagged a single to left. DH Michael Vento added a two-run double down the left-field line and CF Melky Cabrera roped a two-run single through the right side in the inning, which saw 10 men come to the plate.
The unfortunate series of events came after the two clubs were knotted after seven frames. Indianapolis took a 1-0 lead when 1B Graham Koonce blasted his 19th roundtripper of the campaign -- a solo shot to right center -- in the bottom of the fourth. Columbus responded in the top of the sixth when SS Andy Canizaro was hit by a pitch, moved to second on an Indians miscue, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt and came plateward on 2B Russ Johnson's sacrifice fly to left.
Reese, Thompson, Johnson and Vento registered two hits apiece for the Clippers. 3B Ty Wigginton extended his hitting streak to 11 games by going 1-for-4 for the Tribe.
Columbus RHP Colter Bean (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 SO) earned the win, improving to 4-6. RHP Jorge De Paula (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO) started and took a no-decision for the Clippers.
The Indians will look to get back on track Monday night at 7 p.m., when the two teams wrap up their five-game series. LHP Paul Maholm is scheduled to make his Triple-A debut for Indianapolis, while RHP Tim Redding is expected to get the nod for Columbus. The contest will be carried by ESPN-950 AM as Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley have the call. Monday's pre-game show begins at 6:40 p.m.