Columbus Clippers fall short against Louisville Bats, 6-5
LOUISVILLE, Ky. –– A back and forth game went the wrong way for the Columbus Clippers as they dropped their first game to Louisville this series, 6-5.
Tyler Cloyd took the mound for the Clippers Wednesday night. The righty went six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. During his stint he fanned a single batter, but didn’t allow a single walk.
Louisville got the jump on Cloyd early in the first. The Bats led off with a line drive out to center for a triple. An infield grounder brought in Louisville’s first run of the game to put them atop the Clippers 1-0.
Top of the fourth and Columbus struck back. Tyler Holt reached on a throwing error, followed by a sac-bunt by new comer to the Clippers’ Francisco Lindor. With Holt on third and one out Jesus Aguilar doubled to send Holt home to score the tying run.
Giovanny Urshela grounded out, but sent Aguilar to third. Carlos Moncrief wrapped up the deal with the second double of the inning, bringing Aguilar in to score. The Clippers went to the bottom of the fourth with a one run lead.
The Bat’s came back swinging against Cloyd in the fourth. Cloyd gave up two singles to lead off the inning. With runners on first and second he let up a line drive deep to right for a double, bringing home both runners to regain the lead.
Top of the sixth and the Clippers fought back for a second time. Holt doubled on a line drive to right field to kick off the inning. The center fielder was followed by a single by Lindor. With runners on the corners Aguilar sent up a sac-fly to send Holt home for the second time.
Cloyd continued into the sixth for Columbus, but couldn’t keep the Bats off the board. With one out Cloyd put former Indian Jack Hannahan on first with a hard hit single to left field. A wild pitch by the starter sent Hannahan to second with still just a single out. With a runner in scoring position Cloyd gave up his eighth hit of the night to send Louisville’s fourth run home.
Top of the eighth and down by one the Clippers made their final rally. Chris Wallace led off with a single and was followed up by a single by Holt. With runners on first and second Aguilar brought in Wallace to tie the game up. Giovanny Urshela then came through with a single of his home to send Holt in to score his third run of the night.
Up by one and the pressure was on Columbus’ bullpen to pull this one through. Bottom of the eighth and Tyler Sturdevant let up two singles before a passed ball by Wallace brought in the tying run for the Bats.
With the game all tied up once again Vinnie Pestano was brought to the mound in the bottom of the ninth. Pestano gave up a single followed by a sac-bunt to move the runner to second. With a runner in scoring position Pestano let up a pitch for a double, bringing home the winning run.
After the Clippers won two on Louisville’s home turf, the Bats finally get one in. The loss did little to effect Columbus in the standings as they continue to be tied with the Indianapolis Indians for first place. With one game left in their four game series with Louisville, the Clippers will return to Huntington Park Friday to face off against the Norfolk Tides.
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