June 11, 2015

On a hot (91 degrees at first pitch) night at Huntington Park (which meant it probably felt more like a hundred and something in the sunny part of the stands), the first nine innings of the contest between the Clippers and he Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) went quickly. It was a pitchers; duel to say the least. The game was tied 1-1 and Columbus starter Cody Anderson had unsurprisingly dominated, allowing only six hits in seven innings wile striking out six and walking none. Reliever Enosil Tejeda had been similarly spectacular as, by the middle of the tenth, he had hurled three scoreless innings, striking out a trio and allowing only two hits and no walks.

The bottom of the tenth seemed as good of a time as any to get the winning run. The top of the order was due up: SS Francisco Lindor, CF Tyler Naquin, and 1B Jesus Aguilar. Lindor led off the inning with a ground ball single to left. Naquin grounded out to the pitcher, but managed to advance Lindor. That was enough for Aguilar’s grounder to left, also officially a single, to score the game-winning run.

Only two hours and fifty-three minutes after it had started, the extra-inning contest was over (I told it was quick).

Other notables in the Clipper lineup that day were 3B Lonnie Chisenhall and 2B Jose Ramirez. Two sons of former major leaguers were in the Syracuse lineup: Tony Gwynn Jr. and Cutter Dykstra.


Photo: Ken Blaze/USA Today Sports

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