INDIANAPOLIS- The Columbus Clippers started off their season on a high note, defeating the Indianapolis Indians 4-0 on opening day.
After struggling to find any kind of offense through the first seven innings, the Clippers’ bats finally came alive in the top of the eighth when designated hitter Jeremy Hermida launched a 1-0 pitch over the right field wall for a grand slam.
Prior to the eighth inning, Columbus was only able to muster two hits off of Indianapolis starter Andy Oliver. Vic Black came on in relief and pitched a scoreless seventh before running into trouble in the next inning.
Left fielder Cedric Hunter walked to begin the eighth inning and then moved to second after Tim Fedroff lined a single to center field. Luis Hernandez struck out in the next at bat which then brought up right fielder Matt Carson.
On the next pitch, Indianapolis catcher Tony Sanchez allowed a passed ball, advancing the runners to second and third. Black then intentionally walked Carson to load the ...