Big Fourth Buries Tribe in Columbus
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Adam Rosales clubbed two home runs, including a grand slam during a seven-run fourth inning, to carry the Clippers to a 10-6 victory over the Indians on Friday night at Huntington Park. Jerrick Suiter and Jordan Luplow each hit home runs for the Tribe, who dropped to 2-6 in Columbus this season.
The Clippers (40-39) raked 16 hits against Indianapolis (43-35), six coming during their seven-run fourth. Francisco Mejia started the inning with a single, his first of four hits on the night. After a Brandon Barnes base hit and throwing error by Ryan Lavarnway on a bunt in front of the plate, Rosales cleared the left-field wall for a grand slam to give Columbus a 4-1 lead. The salami was Columbus' fifth of the year and Rosales' second, both against Indy.
The deficit worsened for the Tribe as Drew Maggi doubled and Sam Haggerty walked ahead of a Greg Allen RBI single to left. Mejia then capped the inning with a double that one-hopped the wall to straightaway center, scoring two more.
The Indians rallied for two in the fifth and three more in the seventh that made it 8-6, but Barnes' league-leading 25th double and a Nellie Rodriguez run-scoring single in Columbus' final at-bat finished off the Tribe. Erich Weiss and Suiter strung back-to-back doubles together in the fifth that made it 7-2, and Kevin Newman recorded his second of a team-high three hits to pull Indy within four. Luplow's eighth long ball of the year - all coming on the road - brought the Tribe within two at 8-6 before the stretch.
Brandon Waddell (L, 2-4) was charged with seven runs - four earned - on nine hits across 3.2 innings of work. Ryan Merritt (W, 1-1) allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings to earn the win.
Jason Martin tripled in his first Triple-A at-bat and finished 2-for-5 with an RBI and run scored. He also saved a run with a diving catch on a line drive in the first.
Suiter's home run was his first at the Triple-A level. He reached base three times and scored a team-high three runs.
The 16 hits for Columbus set a new season high given up by Indy's pitching staff. Allen recorded five of those hits atop the lineup.
The Indians and Clippers meet again on Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. ET. The Tribe will send 22-year-old righty Mitch Keller to the bump for his Triple-A debut, opposite Clippers right-hander Michael Peoples (0-2, 16.88).
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