Clippers falter on offense, fall 4-1 to Bats
Reynolds shuts down Columbus bats as Louisville takes series
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.
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.
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.