May 27, 2013
The 2013 Columbus Clippers roster was a weird year as part of the Indians franchise. At this point in 2013, the Indians hadn’t quite established that they were stepping out of the doldrums of the 2009-2012 pit, but the roster was better. Meanwhile in Columbus, the lineup on this May had roles for holdovers from the failings of the previous era with Ezequiel Carrera, Matt LaPorta, and Cord Phelps.
The lineup also featured weird placeholders like Jeremy Hermida, and Matt Carson. It also had Lonnie Chisenhall, who didn’t have footing in the MLB yet and it also had Carlos Carrasco start this contest, who was still a few years away from figuring out how to realize his potential.
Carrasco ended up not factoring in the decision in this one, though he didn’t pitch very well. He allowed three runs in four innings but fanned five and walked two.
It wasn’t the beginning of the game that makes it re-write worthy, it was the end.
Going into the top of the ninth inning, the visiting Clippers were tied with the host Louisville Bats, 5-5. LaPorta hit a two run homer in the top of the final ninth and Chisenhall followed with a solo blast, each with two outs, to go up 8-5.
Jerry Gil, a former position player, was 31 and trying to make it as a pitcher at this point, and was apparently in the Indians organization. He ended up allowing a total of four runs, three of which were charged to him in the ninth inning thanks to Preston Guilmet allowing an RBI groundout and single when trying to clean up GIl’s mess.
At 8-8 in the 10th, Phelps doubled in two runs for Columbus and LaPorta came along again and singled in a run to give the Clippers another three run advantage, 11-8.
Rob Bryson replaced Guilmet to start the 10th, allowed a single to Kristopher Negron, walked Billy Hamilton, and allowed back to back doubles, allowing the Bats to score three runs of their own, AGAIN, tying the game back at 11-11.
Just to recap – going in the ninth inning, this was a 5-5 game. Fairly normal, yet close and exciting.
Then both teams score three runs in their halves of the ninth inning.
Both score three MORE runs in their halves of the 10th inning.
Finally in the 11th inning, Bryson put up a zero in relief for Columbus, as does Jose Diaz for Louisville.
Chun Chen, who came on as a defensive replacement in the ninth, which is odd if you remember Chen as a prospect, to play first base, hit a two run homer in the 12th inning to put the Clippers ahead 13-11.
Corky Miller, the Bats backup catcher ended up getting the final two outs of the inning while allowing two hits.
Matt Langwell pitched a perfect 12th to earn the save, finally ending a game that went four hours and 54 minutes. A 4pm game that ended around 9pm.