Baseball | Clippers: Wallace just fast enough to produce winning play

By The Columbus Dispatch  • 
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Chris Wallace wore the remnants of a postgame shaving cream pie to the face with a contented smile last night in Huntington Park.

Wallace’s slow roller followed by a throwing error in the 10th inning capped a two-out, two-run rally that carried the Clippers past the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-5.

“I’m not the most fleet of foot guy in the world,” Wallace said. “It was a great to get a win, a walk-off, and it was just fun.”

The IronPigs, who had not been victimized in walk-off fashion this season, grabbed a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th on a Russ Canzler home run off Mark Lowe (3-2).

Lehigh Valley’s Luis Garcia (2-1) got the first two outs in the bottom of the inning before Matt Carson singled and James Ramsey doubled him to third base.

Wallace, a catcher by trade, stepped in and hit a slow roller to third baseman Cesar Hernandez. Wallace wasn’t thrilled because infield hits aren’t exactly his forte.

“I ran as hard as I could and hoped for the best,” Wallace said. He arrived at first beating Hernandez’s throw. Carson scored, and the ball skipped by Canzler at first base and Ramsey raced home with the winning run on the error.

“I saw the ball go by,” Wallace said. “I saw Carson score and I knew that was going to get Ramsey in. You couldn’t ask for a better night.”

Wallace came off the disabled list before the game. He hadn’t played since Aug. 3. He followed an RBI triple by Ramsey in the fourth inning with a single that tied the score at 4.

The two bullpens hooked up to pitch scoreless baseball until the 10th.

“It was great for (Wallace) and great for us,” Clippers manager Chris Tremie said. “He had several good at-bats. Then obviously the hustling bouncer worked out our way. Everybody loves Wally. For him to get that done tonight was special.”

Lehigh Valley jumped to a 4-0 lead against Columbus starter Gabriel Arias in the first two innings. Maikel Franco had a home run and a two-run single in his first two at-bats.

The Clippers cut the deficit in half in the third against Jason Marquis. Dusty Brown led off with a single and Francisco Lindor followed with his second bunt single in two games.

Marquis walked Elliot Johnson to load the bases. Jesus Aguilar’s sacrifice fly scored Brown and moved Lindor to third base. He scored when Johnson got caught in a rundown between second and first.

Josh Outman, Tyler Sturdevant, Shaun Marcum and Austin Adams pitched for a combined seven shutout innings of relief for Columbus.

Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Bourn will return to the Clippers for a third game on his injury rehab assignment for the series finale at 7:05 tonight. He is scheduled to serve as the designated hitter.

jmassie@dispatch.com

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