September 17, 2015 Columbus Clippers

With the 2016 RubberDucks enshrined as champions on September 16th, we return to our look at the 2015 Governors’ Cup featuring the Indianapolis Indians and Columbus Clippers. After winning the first two games of the series, the Clippers went to Indianapolis for game three and Will Roberts took the mound against major Pirates pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow.

After the first six batters in the game were retired, the Clippers offense started up in the second. Zach Walters tripled to start the inning, then scored on an Adam Moore sac fly. It turned out that Walters didn’t need all that hustle, however, as Yandy Diaz then went deep with a solo homer to center.

While Roberts remained perfect through two, Michael Choice added another long ball to lead off the third to push the Clip Show to three. After another perfect Roberts inning, Walters copied Choice and lead off the fourth with a solo shot of his own. From here, things started to spiral.

Roberts makes a start for the 2013 Surprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League. – Joseph Coblitz, IBI

With one out, Roberts allowed a double to Gorkys Hernandez and another to Josh Bell. After a Willy Garcia single, John Bawker doubled home another before a Keon Broxton sac fly brought home Garcia. Still up 4-3, Tony Sanchez singled off Roberts in the fifth and the starter was pulled for long time MLB starter Shaun Marcum. The bases were quickly loaded with none out as Marcum walked one and then attempted to get a force out at third, but the ball was dropped by Diaz for an error. Hernandez then unloaded the bases with a two run single that seesawed the game back into the Indians favor 5-4.

Marcum allowed two more hits the following inning, but was saved by Tyler Sturdevant. The Clippers then went for some two out magic in the seventh against Glasnow as Choice single, Tyler Holt walk and Erik Gonzalez single loaded the bases. This pushed Glasnow from the game, but Josh Wall was able to retire Jesus Aguilar to end the threat.

Wall stayed in for the eighth as Columbus attempted one more comeback. Walters doubled to lead off the inning and scored on an Adam Moore single. Moore reached second on the throw and went to third on a Diaz sac bunt, but a strike out and ground out kept the Clippers from further scoring and the game tied at five.

Joseph Colon entered the game to keep things even in the bottom half, but sloppy play would cost him. He walked the first batter and another Diaz error put runners on first and third with one out. A ground out then pushed across the go ahead run with one more chance coming for the Clippers in the top of the ninth. This came against for Major League Indians reliever and current minor league Indians closer, Blake Wood. He would put down the Clippers in order with a strike out of Holt in the middle.

While the Clip Show lost this game, fear not true believers. This just pushed the series to 2-1 Columbus and we will continue to cover the 2015 Governors’ Cup in each of the next two editions of “This day in Indians minor league history” as we find out who won the International League Championship five years ago.

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