COLUMBUS, OH- The Columbus Clippers (54-49) lost to the Indianapolis Indians (56-47) 7-5 Sunday evening. Columbus lost three of four in Columbus against the Indians after taking four of six in Indy and fell to two games behind the Indians in the division.
Vin Mazarro (4-3, 2.37 ERA) picked up the win out of the bullpen. J.C. Ramirez (1-2, 3.52 ERA) took the loss. Andy Oliver allowed nothing but one walk with four strikeouts in two innings for his 12th save.
Justin Masterson (0-0, 3.60 ERA) pitched well, but took no decision in his rehab start. He went five innings and held Indy to two runs on five hits with two walks and six strikeouts. Casey Sadler (8-2, 2.74 ERA) struggled early against Columbus. He allowed five runs on eight hits with three walks and eight strikeouts in six innings.
Columbus took advantage of Sadler's early lack of command and sent nine to the plate in the first.
Jose Ramirez walked on four pitches and singles by Tyler Holt and Jesus Aguilar tied the game with no outs. Giovanny Urshela started the scoring with a two-run double down the line in left. The Clippers reloaded the bases with a walk by Matt Carson and then Audy Ciriaco drove in a pair with a seeing-eye single up the middle and made it 4-0 Columbus.
The Indians got one back in the second on a throwing error by Columbus second baseman Jose Ramirez, just his fourth miscue in the field.
Chase d'Arnaud was responsible for a two-run swing in the third and fourth. Carson skied a shot into center with one out in the bottom of the third, but d'Arnaud reached over the center field wall to take a homer away from Carson. d'Arnaud then hit a two-out RBI double in the fourth and cut the Clippers lead to two.
Justin Sellers gave the Clippers a homer in the fourth. Sellers led off the frame with a homer to left, his second of the year and both were at Huntington Park.
The Indians scored three unearned runs in the eighth to take a 6-5 lead.
Holt tied a career high with four hits Sunday, all were singles.
Carlos Moncrief threw out a runner in the fifth. It was his 19th outfield assist which leads the International League. Moncrief threw out three Indians in the four games at Huntington Park.
Columbus begins a four-game series at Louisville Monday. The Clippers send Gabriel Arias (3-2, 4.64 ERA) to the mound against Dylan Axelrod (6-7, 4.50 ERA) and the Bats at 7:05 p.m. Monday.