House shuts down Bats, Clippers win 8-1
Louisville- With their offense in overdrive and starting pitching on point the Clippers took the win from the Louisville Bats on Saturday. After three quiet innings Columbus took the lead and kept it for the rest of the night, only giving up a single run to Louisville and winning 8-1.
The Clippers were the first to strike early in the fourth. Jeremy Hermida led off the inning drawing a walk from Louisville starter Daniel Corcino. With one out second baseman Juan Diaz sent a ball high into right field for a double, moving Hermida to third. Ryan Rohlinger came up to the plate grounding out, but allowed Hermida to score. Diaz took advantage of a wild pitch to score Columbus’ second run of the inning.
It wasn’t until the sixth inning that the Bats were able to make a move on Columbus starter TJ House. House gave up two singles before a sacrifice fly scored Louisville’s only run of the game.
Columbus’ bats got hot again in the seventh inning, taking advantage of a pitching change by the Bats. Shortstop Rohlinger started the inning hitting a big fly out to left field, putting the Clippers ahead 3-1.
Pitcher Josh Ravin then loaded the bases walking Nate Spears, Roberto Perez, and Ezequiel Carrera. A new pitcher was brought in inheriting the situation. Matt LaPorta came up with his first hit of the game, scoring Spears. Hermida followed with a single out to centerfield, bringing Perez in to score. Diaz would ground out, but brought Laporta in to score the Clippers fifth and final run of the inning.
The Clippers weren’t done yet as they came back in the eighth to further their lead. Spears hit a hard line drive to right field for a single. Perez followed with a hard hit double to left field. Spears scored on the play, putting Columbus up 8-1.
House pitched his final inning late in the eighth. House gave up a measly four hits, allowing only one run. The lefty was rewarded with his sixth win of the season.
Blake Wood was called in from the bullpen to close the game. Wood gave up one hit, but held the Bats off the scoreboard.
Saturday’s game marked the Clippers third win in a row against the Bats. Louisville currently sits in second place in the International League West standings, one game above Columbus.
The Clippers will return to Louisville Slugger Field Sunday evening for their final game of the series.
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