Clippers Walk Off Buffalo in Game One

Yandy Diaz's First Homer of the Year Sets Table in Win

Brandon Guyer homered twice for the Clippers in Friday night's rehab appearance. (Cathryn Wood)

By Dylan Tyrer / Columbus Clippers | June 8, 2018 11:56 PM

The Columbus Clippers bats came up big late tonight at Huntington Park, topping the Buffalo Bisons, 6-5, in game one of their three-game series.


The Clippers hopped out to an early lead when Francisco Mejia pushed a RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the second inning.


Ahead 1-0, Brandon Guyer, on a rehab assignment from Cleveland, blasted a solo homerun over the left field wall to extend the Clippers' lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third.


He did it again in the bottom of the fifth, this time right down the left field line, to make it 3-0.


All the while, Clippers' starter Mitch Talbot tossed his best game of the season. He made it two outs into the seventh before being relieved by Jeff Beliveau, who escaped a jam with two on and two out.


Talbot went six and two-thirds scoreless innings, allowing five hits and one walk, while striking out five.


The Clippers added to their lead in the bottom of the seventh when Yu Chang coaxed a bases-loaded walk, making it 4-0.


Buffalo struck for the first time, pulling within 4-2, with two outs in the top of the eighth inning when Rowdy Tellez crushed a long double, scoring a pair of Bisons against reliever Matt Belisle.


Belisle came back to toss the ninth, but the Bisons were able to get to him again, tying the ballgame at 4-4.


George Kontos relived Belisle and allowed the go-ahead run to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. on a single to left.


Down 5-4, Yandy Diaz came up clutch for the Clippers, cranking a leadoff solo shot high over the wall in right, tying the game at 5-5. Mejia then delivered a double to centerfield to put himself in scoring position for Drew Maggi. Maggi stroked a single to left, scoring Mejia for the 6-5 walk off win.


The Clippers will host the Bisons in game two of their three-game series tomorrow at Huntington Park, with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 p.m.


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

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