The Cleburne Railroaders showcased the definition of “down but not out” in a six-run comeback for a 12-9 win in 12 innings Tuesday night over Fargo-Moorhead at The Depot.
The epic comeback was capped off by a walk-off three-run home run by Hunter Clanin that saw the Railroaders overcome a 9-3 deficit to reel off nine unanswered runs for a thrilling victory to open a six-game homestand.
Trailed 9-3. Played 12 innings and four and a half hours.Ended with a splash. @Clanin_16's walk-off three-run homer helped Cleburne to an incredible comeback win on Tuesday night! RECAP: https://t.co/WRDHJmFU9s pic.twitter.com/K806d7EbBO— Cleburne Railroaders (@CRRBaseball) May 29, 2019
The 12th inning started with an Angel Rosa hit by pitch, then after an out, John Nester was drilled to put runners at first and second for Clanin, who pounded the first pitch he saw down the left field line for Cleburne’s first walk-off win of the season. It was also Clanin’s first home run of the year.
The Railroaders (7-5) trailed 9-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning. And that’s when the comeback began with a Rosa RBI single, then a Kenny Meimerstorf two-run homer to make it 9-6.
In the bottom of the seventh, Chase Simpson skied a solo homer to dead center that cut the deficit to 9-7 and extended his home run lead in the American Association with six on the season and RBI lead with 16. After a walk and a double, Meimerstorf lined a two-run single to left-center that tied the game 9-9.
The score remained tied thanks to the efforts of a dominant Cleburne bullpen, which combined for 6.2 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts and only one hit allowed.
Martire Garcia tossed 2.2 innings of relief with six strikeouts, two walks and no hits. Tyler Wilson (2-0) ultimately picked up the win by retiring all eight men that he faced, five on strikeouts, for what was his second win in a row.
Fargo-Moorhead (6-6) jumped out to the big lead with a barrage of doubles against Cleburne starter Eudis Idrogo, including five two-baggers in a span of six hitters in a four-run second inning. The RedHawks ended with eight doubles, also getting a pair of home runs from Leobaldo Pina against the Railroaders southpaw.
Cleburne’s response came in the bottom of the second, with RBI ground-outs from Nester and Logan Trowbridge sandwiched around a Clanin run-scoring double that briefly cut the lead to 4-3.
Cleburne had four players record three base hits.
Rosa finished the game 3-for-5 with three doubles, three runs and an RBI. Meimerstorf went 2-for-5 with four RBIs, one run and one walk while Clanin finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs and one walk. Jonathan Rodriguez was 3-for-5 with two runs and a walk.
The Railroaders and RedHawks were scheduled to continue their series Wednesday night (results not available by presstime). Cleburne and Fargo-Moorhead are set to conclude their three-game series at 7:06 p.m. tonight at The Depot. The ‘Roaders then open a three-game series against St. Paul at 7:06 p.m. Friday with game 2 slated for 7:06 p.m. Saturday and the series finale at 6:05 p.m. Sunday.