Columbus Clippers pounce on Louisville for 10-1 win
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the first time since returning to AAA May 16, Danny Salazar looked better than new.
Salazar went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and fanning nine.
Columbus has won three in a row now after its 10-1 dominating victory against the Louisville Bats Monday night.
The Bats jumped on the board immediately in the first. Salazar let up a double followed by a high fly out to centerfield, bringing home the first run of the game. This was the only time the Bats would lead Columbus.
Down by one and the Clippers answered in the bottom of the first. Jose Ramirez led off with a hard hit to the center field wall for one of his row doubles of the night. It was Elliot Johnson's sac-fly that brought Ramirez in to score the tying run.
Bottom of the third and the Clippers bat's got hot. Jesus Aguilar drew the walk to start the inning. Johnson followed with a single on a infield grounder, moving Aguilar over to second. Roberto Perez who is now hitting .314, brought both runners in to score on a double out to the warning track.
Perez would not be left behind, Ryan Rohlinger came through with a double of his own to bring Perez home. Louisville walked off the field down 4-1.
Centerfielder Carlos Moncrief doubled on a ground ball down the line in the fifth, right past Louisville's third baseman. Justin Sellers came up with the RBI sac fly to bring Moncrief home to score his only run of the night.
Perez came up with another RBI in the sixth, one of his five for the night to put Columbus up 6-1.
The Clippers' offense exploded in the eighth as they railroaded Louisville's reliever Nick Christiani. Ramirez led off with a double then collected third on a error by the Bats' shortstop. Tyler Holt then singled on a fly ball out to right field to bring Ramirez in to score. Aguilar and Johnson followed with singles to load up the bases with no outs. Perez once again came up big for Columbus with a hit out to centerfield, sending Aguilar and Holt over home plate.
A wild pitch by he struggling Christiani moved Johnson and Perez to second and third. With both runners ins coring position Moncrief sent a grounder into center field to bring the final two runs home to score.
The Clippers wrapped their series with the Bats up with the 10-1 win. With Columbus' recent offensive kick its finds itself with a 45-39 record and two games back from first in the International League West standings. Columbus will now travel for a quick two game series with Toledo to face the Mud Hens.
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