COLUMBUS, OH- The Columbus Clippers (54-48) fell to the Indianapolis Indians (55-47) 15-5 Saturday night. The Indians hit a season-high six homers in the game and Columbus never got within six after the first. Indy scored 10 runs via the home run ball. Andrew Lambo and Robert Andino each had two homers, 10 total bases and four RBI.
Nick Kingham (4-1, 2.00 ERA) didn't have his best game as an Indian, but pitched more than well enough to win with the run support. He went six innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits with three strikeouts. Toru Murata (0-2, 6.40 ERA) was shelled. He allowed five of the homers and gave up nine runs in four and two-third innings on 11 hits with one walk and two strikeouts.
Indy scored six runs in the first inning and got multiple home run games by Andino and Lambo.
Lambo finished 4-4 with two homers, four runs batted in and 10 total bases, a season high for Indy. Lambo had two homers entering play. Andino also doubled his home run total and had 10 total bases in a 4-6, four RBI game.
The Clippers got solid offense from Carlos Moncrief and Audy Ciriaco. Moncrief went 3-3 with a walk and RBI and Audy Ciriaco drove in three with a two-run homer.
Columbus has allowed 92 homers which is second most in the International league.
Moncrief contributed defensively as well. He threw out Mel Rojas, Jr., at second for his IL-leading 18th outfield assist.
Columbus will receive the services of Justin Masterson (NR) on a rehab assignment down from Cleveland. He will face Casey Sadler (8-2, 2.41 ERA) and the Indianapolis Indians in the final game of the series Sunday at 6:05 p.m.