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AAA International League: Columbus beats Louisville

It took 18 innings, but the Clippers topped the Bats.

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LOUISVILLE, KY – Eric Stamets’s RBI single off second baseman Hernan Iribarren in the top of the 18th inning scored Richie Shaffer and led Columbus to a 6-5 win against Louisville Friday night to complete a 5:35 marathon that began with a 39-minute rain delay.

Here is a brief look at some of each team’s players and their individual performances.

Columbus Clippers

Michael Peoples, SP

He came into the game with a 6.17 ERA and struggled immediately. Peoples gave up five hits to the first six batters, gave up three runs, and had a wild pitch. But that was the extent of the damage. Peoples did not give up another hit after the first inning and at one point retired nine batters in a row. His final line: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO. He threw 100 pitches (62 strikes).

Yandy Diaz, LF

Diaz went 3-for-7, with a walk and two strikeouts. In his first plate appearance, Diaz smacked a two-out, opposite field triple down the right field line, but he was stranded at third when Shaffer flew out to end the inning.

Austin Jackson, DH

On major league rehab, Jackson hit a two-run home run in the top of the fifth to tie the game at three. He was pulled from the game after three at-bats.

Louisville Bats

Rookie Davis, SP

Rookie struggled in the second inning when he walked the bases loaded and gave up an RBI-single, and he was done after three. His final line: 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 2 SO. He threw 63 pitches (37 strikes).

Jesse Winker, DH

Winker went 1-for-6 with one walk, one strikeout and a run scored. Coming into Friday night’s game, he had a slash line of .301/.377/.376. There has been concern with his lack of power, as he has one home run on the season and a .753 OPS.

He knocked in the first Bats run of the night in the first when his single plated Phil Ervin. Later in the inning, he scored on Sebastian Elizalde’s hit. Winker now has 15 hits in 34 at-bats against Columbus this season.

Phil Ervin, LF

Ervin was 3-for-8 Friday night with three strikeouts and a run scored. He led off the bottom of the first with an opposite field single and scored on Winker’s single.

On defense, Ervin showed off his arm when he threw out Clippers catcher Kratz at the plate to end the second inning when he tried to score from second base on a single by Ronny Rodriguez.

Peter O’Brien, 1B

O’Brien went 1-for-7 at the plate. His lone hit was a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to knot the game at five.