Clippers Advance to Finals, Tonight’s Game is FREE
Ryan Hohman | On 16, Sep 2015
Holy, Ciriaco! Columbus Clippers infielder Audy Ciriaco hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 5-5 tie and lift the Clippers to a 6-5 victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Tuesday in game one of the International League Governors’ Cup Finals.
Trailing 5-1 in the seventh, Columbus plated four runs to tie it before Ciriaco’s game deciding bomb. Ciriaco also singled in the seventh to finish the night 2-4. Erik Gonzalez, who is batting .423 (11-for-26) in the postseason, went 1-4 with a RBI single while Zach Walters (1-4) hit a two-run single in the seventh.
Starter Ryan Merritt pitched 6.1 innings (6.1IP, 9H, 4R/ER, 2BB, 4SO, 102 pitches/65 strikes) before Joe Colon came on in relief. Colon pitched two scoreless innings (2.0IP, 0H, 0R 4SO) to pick up the win.
How did they get here?
The Clippers advanced to the Governors’ Cup Finals by beating Norfolk 5-0 on Monday in game five of the best-of-five series. The red-hot Ciriaco smacked a two-run home run and starter Michael Clevinger threw 7.2 innings of no-hit ball in his Triple-A debut (promoted from Akron 9/9), striking out 10 and walking two (7.2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 10SO, 102 pitches/65 strikes). Shaun Marcum closed out the game, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings of relief (1.1IP, 2H, 2SO).
Going for 10
The Clippers are two victories away from their 10th Governors’ Cup Title. They last won it in 2011 (1979, 1980, 1981, 1987, 1991, 1992, 1996, 2010, 2011).
Governors’ Cup Finals Schedule
Columbus vs. Indianapolis (Best-of-5)
Game One (9/15, home): 6:35pm ET
Game Two (9/16, home): 6:35pm ET
Game Three (9/17, away): 7:05pm ET
Game Four (9/18, away): 7:05pm ET
Game Five (9/19, away): 7:05pm ET
Free Tickets to Tonight’s Game!
The final home game for the Clippers is tonight at 6:35pm ET, and for the third night in a row, tickets are free. That’s right – standing room only tickets will available at the gate starting at 5:30pm ET. It’s also Sugardale Dime-A-Dog night, so be sure to come hungry.
Photo credit: Joe Santry / Columbus Clippers