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Game Recaps: Saturday 7/11

July 12, 2009
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Clippers fall just short
Louisville beat the Clippers 7-6 in ten innings to ensure a fourth series victory over Columbus this season.

Clippers starter Zach Jackson couldn't keep the Bats off of the board, allowing single runs in the first two innings and Wes Bankston hit a two-run homer in the third. It was Bankston's second homer of the game. A Craig Tatum blast off Jackson in the fourth made it 5-0 Louisville.

The Clippers got on the board in the fifth as Matt LaPorta and Wes Hodges singled and Andy Marte plated LaPorta with a ground rule double. Ground outs by Stephen Head and Damaso Espino drove in two more runs to make it a two-run game.

The Bats added a run in the sixth and Justin Lehr did a great job after the Marte double, retiring twelve in a row heading into the ninth. Jackson lasted through six innings, giving way to Frank Herrmann in the seventh.

Trevor Crowe extended his hitting streak to a career-best 17 games with an infield single in the ninth. After a pop out, Lehr was lifted for Pedro Viola who walked Jordan Brown and coughed up a three-run blast to LaPorta to tie the game at 6-6. Jared Burton entered for Louisville and close out the ninth. Herrmann forced extra innings by retiring the side in the bottom of the ninth.

The Clippers couldn't score in the tenth and with Herrmann still on the mound, Kevin Barker started the bottom of the tenth with a single. A sacrifice bunt and intentional walk later, Chris Valaika singled, scoring pinch-runner Luis Bolivar for a 7-6 Bats win.

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