Columbus loses in extras to Syracuse

Marrero's two run single in eleventh leads Chiefs past Clippers

By Columbus Clippers | May 23, 2013 8:06 PM ET

The Syracuse Chiefs came into Huntington Park and ended the Clippers' seven game winning streak as they beat Columbus 8-7 in eleven innings.

After a 61 minute rain delay that pushed the original time of 7:05 to 8:06, baseball began in the Arena District. Columbus would be the first to crack the scoreboard with a Chun-Hsui Chen RBI single in the bottom of the first. The Chiefs quickly retaliated with a Micah Owings solo homer in the top of the second.

The Clippers got the lead back with big bottom of the second inning. Omir Santos knocked in a run with an RB double off of the left center field wall. Matt Lawson tallied another run with an RBI groundout to second. Syracuse then made it a one run affair when Chris Rahl led off the top of the third with a solo shot onto the roof of the Wendy's Hamburger Balcony in right field.

The Chiefs would get another big hit in the top of the fifth when Micah Owings crushed a grand slam off the batter's eye in right-field, giving his club a 6-3 lead.

Columbus would rally in this contest. Juan Diaz plated a run with an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth. Ezequiel Carrera then made it a one run affair with an RBI double down the right field line. Carrera then tied the game with a solo homer over the right center field wall to force a 6-6 tie.

From there, extra innings would be played. Things would not be decided until the eleventh. Syracuse loaded the bases with nobody out. Nick Hagadone was one batter away from getting out the inning, but Chris Marrero would have none of it as he singled up the middle, driving home two and giving the Chiefs an 8-6 advantage.

The Clippers tried to rally once again. Omir Santos led off the bottom of the inning with a solo shot into the left field bleachers. Unfortunately, the next three batters went down in succession, giving Syracuse the win and snapping Columbus's seven game winning streak. Erick Davis (W, 1-1) got the win for the Chiefs. Hagadone (L, 1-1) took the loss for Columbus. Xavier Cedeno (S, 1) picked up a save for Syracuse.

The Chiefs and Clippers will reacquaint themselves with one another on Friday night. Columbus will go with righty Trevor Bauer (2-0, 3.23) on the mound. Syracuse will tab lefty Daniel Rosenbaum (4-2, 3.04) as their starter on the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 PM. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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