Columbus Clippers score 19 runs in first, walk off in second game
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In a doubleheader Saturday at Huntington Park the Columbus Clippers scored 21 runs total against the Louisville Bats.
Columbus dominated the first game, out scoring the Bats 19-3. Game No. 2 was a pitching dual that the Clippers ultimately won, 2-1.
The real story of the day was Toru Murata, who took the mound for the Clippers in the nightcap. Murata, who has bounced up and down I-71 between double-A Akron and Columbus this season, recently made a return back to triple-A to make the start.
Murata previously was sporting a 9.00 ERA in Columbus this year, but managed to pitch 7.1 innings and hold Louisville to four hits and one unearned run during his start.
Louisville only got on the board early in the third after a leadoff double to centerfield. A follow up sacrifice bunt brought in the run when catcher Luke Carlin made a throwing error.
Columbus answered back in the bottom of the third.
Tim Fedroff came up with his only hit of the game as he doubled on a high fly out to deep left field. Chris Wallacegrounded out to move Fedroff over to the corner and Carlin made up for his previous error with a rocket out to center field for a RBI double. The Clippers left the inning tied 1-1.
After a strong outing by Murata, Nick Hagadone came in for relief. The southpaw pitched 1.2 hitless innings with three strikeouts to keep Louisville off the bases and earn him the win.
It was the bottom of the ninth when the Clippers had one more chance to avoid going into extra innings for the third time this week. Elliot Johnson led off with a grounder down the third base line for a single, then stole second withGiovanny Urshela batting.
Urshela eventually drew a walk to put two runners on with no outs. Johnson then made his way to third on a throwing error by Louisville during a pickoff attempt.
With runners on the corners, Audy Ciriaco hit an infield grounder to bring Johnson in to score the winning run.
The Clippers sweep of the double-header with Louisville sent the Bats to the bottom of the International League West standings. Columbus will have to do work on their ten game road trip if they plan on overtaking the Toledo Mudhens who currently are one game ahead of the Clippers, who are sitting at three.
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