Abraham leads Clippers to 7-2 victory
LOUISVILLE- The Columbus Clippers won their third game of the season on Monday night, beating the Louisville Bats 7-2.
Louisville and Columbus starters Daniel Corcino and David Huff started their evening with three innings of shutout baseball. The fourth inning was one that both of these pitchers would like to forget. The Clippers and Bats finally came alive offensively, combining for seven runs.
The Clippers saw back-to-back singles from centerfielder Tim Fedroff and second baseman Luis Hernandez. A wild pitch from Corcino moved Fedroff and Hernandez to second and third, respectively, with Clippers’ right fielder Matt Carson bringing Fedroff in to score on a ground out. After a Jeremy Hermida strikeout, Yan Gomes walked, bringing up Clippers’ first baseman Adam Abraham to the plate with men on first and third. Abraham made quick work of the Corcino pitch, putting the ball over the left field fence for his first home run of the season, and giving the Clippers a 4-0. Shortstop Juan Diaz then smashed a double in the gap and eventually scored on a single from third baseman Ryan Rohlinger.
The Bats’ fourth inning wasn’t as big, but they put runs on the board nonetheless. After a strikeout by Bats’ left fielder Felix Perez, catcher Conrad Schmidt reached first base safely thanks to a fielding error by Rohlinger at third base. Second baseman Ray Chang then stepped up and smacked a double in the gap, scoring Schmidt. Bats’ speedy centerfielder Billy Hamilton singled in Chang, bring the Bats back to a three run-deficit.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Bats’ had the bases loaded thanks to three straight walks from Clippers’ pitchers. Huff walked two straight and was replaced by Clippers’ reliever Nick Hagadone, who walked his first batter as well. Unfortunately for the Bats, they were unable take advantage of the three straight walks, as Hagadone eventually got Bats’ designated hitter, Corky Miller, to strikeout.
The Clippers had their bases loaded opportunity in the top of the seventh. After a walk by left fielder Cedric Hunter and a single from Fedroff, Hernandez walked loading the bases for Hermida. Following suit, Hermida walked, scoring Hunter and giving the Clippers a 6-2 lead. Pinch hitter Omir Santos hit a sacrifice fly, extending the lead to 7-2, and leading to a Abraham strikeout that ended the inning.
While the game ended with the Clippers on top, Billy Hamilton had a particularly great day for the Bats. Going four for five on the day, Hamilton had most of the offensive numbers for the Bats, including three stolen bases and two RBI.