September 18, 2015 Columbus Clippers

As of today, IBI’s “This day in Indians minor league history” series is now just a recollection of the Clippers 2015 Governors’ Cup. We’ve already looked into a few of their play-off games and now there is no competition as no team kept the season alive as late into the year as this particular Clip Show.

On September 18th, the Clippers and Indianapolis Indians played game four of the five game series with Jerrett Grube (pictured at top) and Chad Kuhl making the start for their respective teams. Through the first three innings, the only hits belonged to Jesus Aguilar and Adam Moore in the first and Grube held a no hitter with two walks. In the fourth, things finally got started.

Moore hit a one out solo shot for the Clippers third hit of the game, but Columbus wasn’t able to add anymore. Josh Bell matched him with a lead off solo homer in the bottom half off Grube for the Indians first hit of the game. They also were shut down following the bomb.

The Clippers added singles in the fifth and sixth, but couldn’t get anything going. The Indians added a pair of singles in the sixth, but also couldn’t score. Each team had one single in the seventh as well, but still didn’t score. That changed again in the seventh.

Former Cleveland Indians reliever Frank Herrmann then entered the game for the Indianapolis Indians, replacing Kuhl. Erik Gonzalez and Moore singled ahead of a three run home run by Michael Choice. Just like in the fourth, the Clippers took the lead and the Indians immediately came back. A walk and two singles loaded the bases with one out for Grube and one run came home on a ground out to bring the score to 4-2 Clippers.

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Herrmann attempts a pick off during 2013 Indians MLB spring training practice in Goodyear, AZ. – Joseph Coblitz, IBI

In the ninth, another former Cleveland Indians reliever came in for the Indians as Blake Wood allowed a single to James Ramsey, but used a strike out and double play to keep Columbus from increasing their lead. This would be huge for the Indians as Grube finally faltered, giving up two hits before being pulled from the game with one out. The Clippers reliable closer Jeff Johnson then entered and was anything but. Johnson was unable to retire a hitter as the first two batters singled, followed by an intentional walk. With the game tied at four and the bases loaded Bell came through again with a walk off single to right.

Bell ended up going 4-4 in this game with a walk as well as he nearly single handedly kept the Indians in the series. Bell would go on to finish third in Rookie of the Year voting two years later, then become an All-Star with the Pirates in 2019. They would conclude the series the following day in a game that will be recapped on Indians Baseball Insider tomorrow. If you don’t remember how the series ended and can’t wait another day to find out, feel free to look it up.

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