Bats defeat Clippers 5-2 to even series at 1-1
Clippers fall 5-2 despite complete-game effort from House
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Columbus Clippers fell to the Louisville Bats 5-2 Tuesday night to the bring the series to a 1-1 standstill.
After a Monday night slugfest — where the two clubs combined for 39 hits in the game — the two teams mustered only 15 hits on Tuesday. The Clippers’ inconsistency at the plate led them to go 6-for-32 while the Bats went 9-for-31 on the night.
The pitching performance on the mound for the Clippers matched that of the offense. Clippers’ pitcher T.J. House picked up his third loss of the season while pitching eight innings and giving up three earned runs on nine hits. House is the first pitcher this season to pitch a complete game for the club.
The night belonged to Bats’ lefty Tony Cingrani, who picked up his third win of the season to stay undefeated on the year. Cingrani pitched five innings and gave up one earned run on three hits; Cingrani also struck out nine batters on the night.
The Bats scored their first run off the night in the first inning after center fielder Billy Hamilton picked up his 27thsteal of the season. Hamilton was brought home by left fielder Felix Perez, who hit a sacrifice fly to left giving the Bats the early 1-0 lead.
The Clippers added a run in the top of the third with an almost replicated scenario.
The Bats continued the scoring in the bottom half of the fifth and sixth inning.
The Bats picked up two runs on two hits and a throwing error by Clippers’ third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall to give the Bats a 3-1 lead.
Bats’ designated hitter Mike Hessman hit a two-run homer in the sixth to give the Bats a 5-1 advantage.
The Clippers put one more run on the board in the top of the seventh, but came up short 5-2.
Five Clippers’ batters combined to go 0-for-13 on the night.