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Columbus Clippers pick up 8-1 win against Louisville Bats

Columbus Clippers pick up 8-1 win against Louisville Bats
Photo credit: Brittany Chay/flickr
July 24, 2014
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When you’re in the groove, it doesn’t matter what point in the ball game it is, you’re going to make an impact.

Luckily for the Columbus Clippers (57-50), Carlos Moncrief was in the zone from his very first at-bat on Thursday night. The outfielder had five RBIs in the first two innings as his team routed the Louisville Bats (51-55) by a score of 8-1.

Francisco Lindor got the game’s first hit with a one-out single in the opening frame. Jesus Aguilar followed him by reaching on an error, and Moncrief eventually came to the dish with two down. The left-handed batter smashed his 10th home run of the year to give the visitors a 3-0 lead.

Things didn’t get any better for Louisville starter Brett Marshall in the second. Luke Carlin laced a one-out double to center, and Marshall then walked Tyler Holt and Lindor to load the bases.

A coaching visit to the mound didn’t have the desired effect. Aguilar singled to advance each runner and score Carlin. Moncrief came to bat with the chance at another two-out RBI hit, and once again he took it. His single to center scored both Holt and Lindor, the Clippers were in cruise control at 6-0. 

For as well as Moncrief was playing, his pitcher Toru Murata was even better. Murata faced the minimum 15 batters over the game’s first five innings, issuing just one walk in the process.

Columbus added to the lead in the fifth with back-to-back jacks. Matt Carson hit a two-out solo homer, before Audy Ciriaco repeated the feat just one pitch later.

Murata departed the scene after the seventh inning, having given up just two hits, two walks and striking out two. He was replaced by Frank Herrmann, who went just two-thirds of an inning after allowing one run on two walks.

J.C. Ramirez took the hill to get the final out of the eighth, and induced a game-ending double play in the final inning to clinch the 8-1 victory.

The Clippers return home on Friday to begin a four-game set against the Norfolk Tides. First pitch is set for 7:15 p.m.

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