Clippers Hold on to Claim Game Two
The Columbus Clippers took down the visiting Indianapolis Indians thanks to a seven-run fourth inning, powered by an Adam Rosales grand slam.
Rosales and the Clippers' offense were relentless throughout, winning game two of the four-game set, 10-6, giving themselves a commanding 2-0 series lead.
The Indians found themselves ahead after the third inning, courtesy of a Jerrick Suiter solo homerun, his first of the year, off Clippers' starter Ryan Merritt.
That was the only lead Indy would hold, though, as the Clippers roared back in the fourth when they loaded the bases for Rosales, who deposited his second grand slam of the year over the wall in left to make it 4-1. Greg Allen single din another after that, and Francisco Mejia followed suit with a two-run double to extend the lead to 7-1.
Indianapolis fought back in the top of the fifth, pulling within 7-3 after a Suiter RBI double and a Kevin Newman RBI single.
Rosales continued his homerun parade with a solo shot to kick off the bottom of the fifth, his team-leading 10th of the year, to provide the Clippers with an 8-3 advantage.
Merritt would shut the Indians down after that, finishing his evening after the sixth inning. He allowed three runs on eight hits, while fanning three batters. He didn't issue a walk.
Trailing by five, Indy struck with a Jason Martin RBI single against Columbus reliever Marc Rzepczynski to bring his team within 8-4. Luke Eubank took over on the hill after that and allowed a two-run shot to Jordan Luplow, bringing the Indians that much closer at 8-6.
Columbus wasn't done, as Brandon Barnes belted his league-leading 25th double to score Mejia in the bottom of the eight. Nellie Rodriguez followed with an RBI single to make it 10-6, Clippers.
Jon Edwards tossed a scoreless ninth to secure the game two win.
The teams will do it all over again tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m. at Huntington Park.
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