Tyler Cloyd tosses no-no in 13-0 Columbus Clippers victory
COLUMBUS, Ohio –– Tyler Cloyd pitched a no hitter Wednesday afternoon against the Louisville Bats for the first no-no in Huntington Park history. Cloyd racked up six strikeouts through his nine innings and allowed just one runner on base in the top of the ninth when he hit Donnie Murphy with a pitch.
The Clippers won by a landslide 13-0, taking the first game of their three game series with the Bats.
The Clippers jumped on the board quickly and often. In the bottom of the first Tyler Holt led off with a single to get rolling. Francisco Lindor followed by reaching second on a fielding error, moving Holt clear to third.
Jesus Aguilar came up with a deep fly in to center, bringing Holt and Lindor home for the Clippers to take a two-run lead.
Bottom of the third and Columbus kept hot. Holt led things off once again, cracking a double over the center fielder's head. With Holt on second and two outs Giovanny Urshela went yard for his ninth homer of the season. The two-run blast put Columbus four runs ahead of Louisville.
Cloyd was still dealing as the seventh inning started off and Columbus got on the board again. Luke Carlin kicked off the bottom of the seventh taking the offering deep over the left field fence for a single homer.
With one out Lindor drew the walk and was brought in by home run leader Aguilar who waved goodbye to his 14th this year.
Louisville followed the homer by allowing Columbus to load the bases. Audy Ciriaco came through with a walk to send Urshela strolling home.
Bottom of the eighth and Holt followed by Aguilar both reached base on walks. Urshela filled out the bases with his second hit of the night. With the bases loaded Moncrief came up with his second double of the night scoring Holt and Aguilar.
Ciriaco then singled on a drive to left field, bringing Urshela and Moncrief home to score he Clippers final runs of the game.
With Cloyd on the brink of perfection he hit the lead off batter in the ninth, but managed to hold down the fort to get the no hitter.
The Clippers are set to continue their three-game series before hitting the road for a nine day trip. Columbus still sits atop the International League West standings with a comfortable two game lead on Indianapolis.
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