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Clippers falter on offense, fall 4-1 to Bats

Reynolds shuts down Columbus bats as Louisville takes series

Clippers falter on offense, fall 4-1 to Bats
Jeremy Hermida (Photo: Lianna Holub)
May 30, 2013
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LOUISVILLE, KY – The Columbus Clippers fell to the Louisville Bats 4-1 in the final game of the series Thursday night. The Bats snatched the series from the Clippers 3-1.

Indians pitching prospect Danny Salazar picked up his first loss of the season (0-1, 2.08 ERA), pitching four innings and giving up three earned runs on six hits. Bats pitcher Greg Reynolds, on the other hand, pitched a near-complete game going 8.1 innings, allowing one earned run on nine hits.

Reynolds improves his record to 5-0 on the season.

The Clippers' struggles continued at the plate on Thursday night. Four Clippers batters combined to go 0-for-15 throughout the game. The only success at the plate came from designated hitter Jeremy Hermida, who went 4-for-4 with a home run.

The next best performance from the plate for the Clippers was shortstop Juan Diaz, who went 2-for-4.

Clippers left fielder Ezequiel Carrera, center fielder Tim Fedroff and third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall all produced a hit.

The only run of the game for the Clippers was a solo shot by Hermida in the top of the second for his ninth of the year. The 1-0 lead didn't last long as the Bats added their first two of the game in the bottom of the second and never looked back.

After Bats right fielder Denis Phipps singled on a live drive to center, Clippers pitcher Salazar walked Bats first baseman Mike Hessman to set up runners in scoring position.

Bats catcher Corky Miller -- who has had some appearances with the Reds this season -- hit a sharp ground ball single to left field scoring both Phipps and Hessman.

The Bats added two more runs -- one in the bottom of the fourth and another in the bottom of the eighth -- after a series of hits for the club. The Bats were 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position while the Clippers posted a mere 1-for-7.

The most impressive stat of the night comes from Bats righty Greg Reynolds who threw 113 pitches, 71 of which were strikes. Reynolds joins Clippers pitcher Jerry Gil and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre pitcher Chris Bootcheck as the only pitchers in the International League to be 5-0.

The Clippers will head home tomorrow to begin their home series against the Indianapolis Indians. Joe Martinez will start on the mound for the Clippers

First pitch is at 7:15 p.m.

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