Clippers in Tight Race for West Division Title

Adam Moore‘s walk-off single in the 11th gave Columbus a big 7-6 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday night as the race for the IL West Division title heats up. The Clippers lost a 5-4 lead in the ninth, but tied it back up with a two-out RBI single by Michael Choice to push the game into extra innings. Jesus Aguilar, who doubled with two outs, scored the winning run.

The win moves Columbus (78-58) within one game of Indy (79-57) in the West. They’ll meet again Monday and Tuesday at Huntington Park (both 7:05pm ET starts) before traveling to Indy for two games on Wednesday and Thursday.

Audy Ciriaco had three hits including a three-run home run that highlighted a four-run first. Tyler Holt, Michael Martinez, and Moore recorded two hits apiece.

Ciriaco was named the IL Player of the Week on Monday, hitting .393 with 3 home runs, 10 RBI, and a .750 slugging percentage.

The month of August has been good to Moore (.338), Holt (.333), and Martinez (.325), too. All three are hitting over .300 since the calendar turned.

Columbus lefty Ryan Merritt started the game and pitched six solid innings, allowing two runs on eight hits while striking out five. Michael Roth (9-9, 4.92) pitched a scoreless 11th to get the win.

Remaining schedule for the Clippers:

8/31 – Indianapolis 7:05
9/1 – Indianapolis 7:05
9/2 – @ Indianapolis 7:05
9/3 – @ Indianapolis 7:05
9/4 – @ Louisville 7:05
9/5 – @ Louisville 6:05
9/6 – Toledo 6:05
9/7 – Toledo 3:05

Photo credit: Joe Santry / Columbus Clippers

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