COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ryan Rohlinger drilled a single off the wall in the bottom of the 10th inning, propelling the Columbus Clippers to a 4-3 win over the Gwinnett Braves on Saturday night at Huntington Park. It was the 55th one-run game and 32nd one-run loss for Gwinnett in 2013.
In the bottom of the 10th, with Joe Beimel on the mound, Roberto Perez led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch runner Tim Fedroff. Ezequiel Carrera bunted Fedroff to second base. The G-Braves opted for Wirfin Obispo to replace Beimel, and Rohlinger smacked his 0-1 pitch off the wall in left, scoring Fedroff for the walk-off win.
Columbus (66-69) had taken an early lead against Gwinnett starter Omar Poveda. In the bottom of the third inning, Chun-Hsiu Chen led off with a walk and was bunted to second by Justin Toole. A wild pitch moved Chen to third, and Carrera followed with a single to center scoring Chen for a 1-0 lead. Carrera later stole second and scored on Rohlinger’s single to left for a 2-0 lead.
The G-Braves (57-78) battled back in the top of the fourth against Columbus starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. Brandon Boggs drew a one-out walk, stole second and scored on a double to right by Stefan Gartrell to cut the Clippers lead to 2-1.
In the top of the fifth, Jose Constanza drew a one-out walk, stole second base and scored on a double to right-center by Alden Carrithers to tie the game at 2-2. Then in the top of the sixth, Boggs led off with a double to left and scored on a one-out single to right-center by Joe Leonard for a 3-2 Gwinnett lead.
But the Clippers came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning as a double down the third base line by Matt LaPorta scored Rohlinger from second, who had earlier reached on a single and error by Poveda.
The game remained deadlocked until Rohlinger’s heroics in the bottom of the 10th.
Despite a no-decision, Poveda came up with his team-leading 16th quality start of the season. He went 6.0 innings with six hits, three earned runs, three walks and six strikeouts. Five pitchers were used out of the Gwinnett bullpen. Andrew Russell worked 0.2 of an inning, Juan Cedeno went 0.1 of an inning with one strikeout, Mark Lamm worked 0.2 of an inning with one walk, Beimel (L, 1-2) went 1.2 innings with one earned run, two walks and three strikeouts and Obispo allowed one hit and recorded no outs.
For the Clippers, Bauer pitched 5.1 innings with five hits, three earned runs, three walks and eight strikeouts. Vinnie Pestano went 0.2 of an inning with two strikeouts. Matt Langwell worked 2.0 innings with one hit and two strikeouts. Nick Hagadone (W, 2-2) went 2.0 innings with two strikeouts.
At the plate for Gwinnett, Carrithers went 2-for-5 with an RBI and Constanza went 1-for-4 to extend his on-base streak to 23 games.
Rohlinger had the big night for Columbus. Including the game-winning hit in the 10th, he was 3-for-5 with two RBIs.
The G-Braves and Clippers will conclude the four-game series on Sunday night in Columbus. Left-hander Sean Gilmartin (3-8, 5.63) will start for the G-Braves, while the Clippers will counter with right-hander Joe Martinez (3-7, 5.70). First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m.