Chase d'Arnaud slid in safely at third with a stolen base.
Columbus Clippers 5, Indianapolis Indians 2
The Indians and Clippers finally got some sunshine to play under, but the change in weather also brought a change in fortune. The Indians' 4-game winning streak and the Clippers 4-game losing streak both came to an end, as the Clippers avoided being swept in this 4-game series at Victory Field.
The Indians were held to just 4 hits, and half of them came off the bat of SS Chase d'Arnaud. The Tribe batters were not able to take advantage of 3 walks either. D'Arnaud opened the bottom of the 1st with his first hit, a cracked-bat bloop that fell in behind second base where none of the Clippers' fielders could get to it. D'Arnaud stole second, coming in easily under a very high throw from former Indy Indian, C Luke Carlin (photo). 2B Brian Friday popped up to second base, then LF Alex Presley walked. With RF John Bowker at the plate, d'Arnaud and Presley pulled off a double steal, to put both runners into scoring position. Bowker hit a dribbly little "oops" ball to the left and in front of the mound, but with d'Arnaud off and running on the pitch, by the time Columbus starter Corey Kluber got to the ball, he had no play on d'Arnaud at the plate. Bowker was out at first, but with an RBI, and the Indians had a 1-0 lead. 1B Matt Hague walked, and the Indians again had runners on the corners, but 3B Josh Harrison struck out to end the inning.
Tribe starter Brian Burres (photo) retired the Clippers in order in the top of the 1st, but got into a little jam in the 2nd. With one out, Burres gave up a single to DH Jason Kipnis. Kipnis's grounder glanced off the end of d'Arnaud's glove as he stretched to make the play, and the ball ended up in center field. Burres struck out LF Jerad Head next. Kipnis stole second base, then 1B Wes Hodges worked a walk, to put runners on first and second base. C Jason Jaramillo ended the inning for Burres with a throw down to first base. Hodges was so far off the base, that the throw from Jaramillo beat him by a mile (ok, by 6 feet), and Hodges didn't even bother to slide.
The Clippers tied the score in the top of the 3rd. Burres got one out, then worked the count full on SS Luis Valbuena before walking him. CF Ezequiel Carrera grounded slowly to first base, where Hague was able to make the scoop and step on the bag, but Valbuena was already sliding in to second base. Valbuena came around to score from second base on 2B Cord Phelps' grounder down the first base line, just out of reach of Hague, who tried a dive to his left but could only tick the ball as it zipped past.