PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- A sacrifice
fly by Cord Phelps in the top of the 15th inning lifted the Columbus
Clippers to a 6-5 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox before 7,128 on
Tuesday at McCoy Stadium.
Phelps's RBI, at the expense of Drew Sutton (L, 0-1), an infielder summoned to pitch the final two innings, gave Columbus its second 6-5 win in three days. Pawtucket also chalked up a 6-5 victory in a four-game series split.
Tuesday's contest marked the longest game for the PawSox since a 15-inning loss to Gwinnett on May 12, 2011, also played at McCoy. In this case, the home club squandered a 4-0 lead.
While right-hander Rubby De La Rosa turned in his best outing, striking out five in 3.0 scoreless innings, Pawtucket scored twice in the 1st and 3rd innings. Bryce Brentz, with a groundout, and Brandon Snyder, who singled, drove in the first two runs. Brentz then connected for a two-run homer, going deep for the third straight day.
But the PawSox mustered only one more run, off an RBI single by Jackie Bradley Jr. in the last of the 7th.
Meanwhile, the Clippers pulled within in 5-4 before batting in the 9th. Ex-Red Sox outfielder Jeremy Hermida had three hits, including a home run and RBI double, through the first seven innings. Other RBI were accounted for by Phelps, who singled, and Chris Wallace, whose double was among five hits overall.
With Chris Carpenter bidding for the save, the first two batters reached in the 9th on walks, before Ryan Rohlinger's single scored the tying run. Thereafter, neither team scored until Phelps's fly ball off Sutton.
Jerry Gil (W, 3-0), the last of eight Columbus pitchers, completed 2.0 innings for the victory, as the Clippers overcame 16 men left on base.
The PawSox are idle on Wednesday, before beginning a four-game series vs. Durham. Thursday at 6:15 p.m., right-hander Alfredo Aceves makes his Pawtucket debut against lefty Alex Torres (2-0, 1.29).