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Columbus Clippers 4, St. Paul Saints 3

The Columbus Clippers (38-27) made the ultimate comeback winning 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth with a walk-off RBI single against the St.Paul Saints (32-32), who held the lead the entire game. Franmil Reyes hit the game winning knock with two outs and two strikes on the board after striking out at every at-bat in the Saturday evening game. Jose Fermin scored in the run as the Clippers charged the field to celebrate with the obligatory water bucket dump. Fermin was hit by a pitch earlier in the inning that got him on base three batters before Reyes. Tyler Freeman’s line drive single advanced Fermin to third, putting him in scoring position just in time for the Franimal to hit a laser beam. 

10,560 fans were in attendance on the clear-sky afternoon, which is a record high for the season. With the Clippers losing two and winning two games already in the series it was a game of back and forth between the teams, with expectations of this matchup to be high-scoring but that wasn’t the case. Columbus came back from a 3-0 deficit and scored three runs in the final three innings. They’ve had at least nine hits in four of the five games in the series and were 3-1 when they had more than nine hits. 

It was not looking good for Columbus entering the game as the Saints scored two runs in the first and one in the third. St.Paul’s Kyle Garlick homered to give the Saints the early lead. Jake Cave doubled down the centerfield gap to get in scoring position. Caleb Hamilton took advantage of this with his RBI double that scored Cave to put the Saints 2-0. Spencer Steer then hit a homer in the third to put the Clippers down 3-0. 

Clippers Comeback Season

The action got started for Columbus in the fourth with back to back walks getting Nolan Jones in scoring position at second. Bobby Bradley singled on a line drive to score Jones, driving in the first run of the night for the Clippers. Bradley later drove in Jones with a sac fly to tie the score at three. 

Will Brennan drove in Mitch Tolman with a single in the seventh. With that hit, Brennan has a ridiculous 21 hits in his last 11 games and during that stretch, it batting .457 with four doubles, a home run, 12 RBI and seven walks. 

RHP Yohan Ramirez (W, 1-0) was on the mound for Columbus to close out the game in the ninth inning. He struck out Mark Contreras and Spencer Steer to allow no runs in the top of the inning. He pitched 10 strikes out of his 20 pitches with the five batters he faced. 

The Clippers have their final game of the series Sunday against the unpredictable series with the Saints at Huntington Ballpark. First pitch is set for 1:05.  

Velocity

LHP Kirk McCarty

1st Inning: 93, 92, 93, 89, 86, 76, 87, 92, 88, 89, 81, 93, 86, 82, 87, 89, 85, 86, 92, 91, 86, 83, 83, 92

2nd Inning: 90, 91, 88, 92, 91, 92, 79, 92, 88

3rd Inning: 91, 92, 93, 92, 83, 85, 92, 78, 76, 87, 83, 92, 92, 92, 91, 83, 87

4th Inning: 92, 75, 92, 83, 92, 92, 82, 82, 92, 92, 91, 92, 92, 77, 78, 82, 90, 88

5th Inning: 91, 90, 91, 87, 91, 83, 91, 91, 91, 85, 83

LHP Alex Young

5th Inning: 89, 89, 84
6th Inning: 88, 90, 93

RHP James Karinchak 

6th Inning: 94, 94, 94, 95

7th Inning: 93, 81, 81, 81, 81, 80, 93, 94, 94

LHP Tim Herrin

8th Inning: 94, 89, 88, 95, 96, 95, 88, 95, 95, 96, 95, 95, 95, 95, 96

RHP Yohan Ramirez

9th Inning: 96, 86, 84, 84, 95, 84, 96, 95, 96, 96, 95, 96, 82, 96, 95, 96, 95, 95, 84, 96 

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