Clippers fall to Lousiville, 4-1, after seventh-inning grand slam
COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the bases loaded and no outs in the seventh inning, Columbus made a call to the bullpen for lefty Scott Barnes.
The first batter Barnes faced, Chris Nelson, sent a big fly over the left-field wall for a grand slam, sealing the Clippers’ fate.
The Clippers fell to Louisville 4-1 Wednesday for their fifth loss this season.
Columbus outhit Louisville seven to six, but stranded seven base runners throughout the game.
The team finally got on the board in the fourth inning. With one outCarlos Moncrief hit a sharp line drive out to left field for a double, which ended up as his only hit of the night. Left fielder Bryan LaHair singled on a line drive, bringing Moncrief home for Columbus' only run.
T.J. House started on the mound for Columbus. House pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits before imploding in the seventh. House loaded the bases by plunking the first batter he faced, allowing a single and giving up his first walk of the game before being pulled.
Barnes finished the inning with no further damage past the grand slam. He received his first blown save of the season for giving up the bases-clearing bomb.
Toru Murata made his Columbus debut in the ninth inning and pitched a three-up, three-down inning for the Clippers.
Columbus is scheduled to embark on an eight-game road trip after Wednesday's loss, with the first stop in Louisville for a three game series. Columbus is 1-5 and the slow start has placed them at the bottom of the IL West standings.
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