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Clippers back Bauer's dominant start in 6-1 victory

Four-run fourth enough for Columbus in rout of Bats

Clippers back Bauer's dominant start in 6-1 victory
August 11, 2013
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Louisville- A slew of hits in the fourth inning gave the Clippers a lead the Louisville Bats could not overcome. Columbus ultimately stole the win from the Bats and with that 6-1 win tied Louisville for the second seat in the International West standings.

In the first three innings neither team could seem to gain an advantage, until the fourth inning when the Clippers offense excelled.

Ezequiel Carrera led off the inning with his first and only hit of the game, a single to centerfield. Left fielder Tim Fedroff followed with an identical single, placing runners on first and second with no outs. A sacrifice fly by first baseman Matt LaPorta scored Columbus' first run, putting the Clippers on the board.

Jeremy Hermida kept things rolling sending a line drive to left field, placing runners on the corners. Designated hitter Chun-Hsiu Chen came through hitting a triple, sending Fedroff and Hermida in to score.

The Clippers weren't done yet, Juan Diaz followed Chen with a double, Chen ran home putting Columbus up 4-0. Diaz would be left on base after a quick two outs.

While the Bats stayed quiet the Clippers struck again in the seventh inning. With one out in the seventh Nate Spears hit a sharp ground ball to right field, reaching second on the hit. Catcher Roberto Perez brought Spears in to score with a single line drive.

The Louisville offense was no match for Columbus' starting pitcher Trevor Bauer. Bauer pitched his first six innings only giving up three hits and holding the Bats scoreless. It wasn't until the seventh inning the Bats were able to get a jump on Bauer.

Bauer allowed a single followed by a double to start the seventh. Bryan Price was called in from the bullpen to relieve the starter. Price let Louisville's first run of the game to score on a wild pitch, but ended the inning immediately afterwards.

The Clipper's offense stayed hot into the eighth innings. Early in the inning Fedroff drew a walk from the Bat's reliever Ryan Dennick. LaPorta doubled to left field, bringing the left fielder into score Columbus' final run of the game.

Price continued to pitch for the Clippers into the eighth, holding the bat's to their one run of the game.

Nick Hagadone entered the game in the ninth inning. The lefty faced only three batters, fanning two of them to end the game.

The Clippers sweep of Louisville brought them back into the second seat of the International League West standings, Columbus is now tied with the Bats.

Columbus will travel to Indianapolis next to face the first-seated Indians for a four game series.

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