bats even series, clip clippers
By Mike Gilpatrick
April 10th, 2018
April 10th, 2018
The Louisville Bats evened their series against the Columbus Clippers Tuesday, defeating the Cleveland Indians minor-league affiliate, 7-1.
Justin Nicolino was good in his first start of 2018. The 26 year-old lefty from Orlando, Florida went five innings of one-run ball, and gave up three hits, and three walks, while striking out six. His ERA was 1.80 after the game. He received the win.
Nicolino faced former Major-Leaguer Alexi Ogando. The 34 year-old veteran showed his age a little, and only went 3.2 innings deep. He surrendered one earned run on four hits, and three walks. The former Texas Ranger walked three, and did not record a strikeout in his appearance.
Columbus jumped out in the lead in the first inning. Third-baseman Yandy Diaz singled to right, and sent home Columbus's leadoff hitter and center fielder, Greg Allen, from second.
Louisville tied the game in the next half inning. Designated hitter DJ Peterson singled to left-center field on a pitch in the middle of the zone; and plated across leadoff hitter and second-baseman Brandon Dixon from first.
An error by left-fielder Richie Shaffer gave Louisville the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Tyler Goeddel, who led off the inning with a walk, scored from second on the play. Shaffer had caught the ball, but dropped it at the last second. Louisville led 2-1 heading into the last three frames.
Elizalde hit a bomb to right in the bottom of the seventh to score Louisville’s next two runs. The homer went for 394 feet.
Goeddel hit a monster double in the bottom of the eighth. He made contact with a ball on the right part of the plate and belted it. It went above the right-fielder's head, and unloaded the bases. Louisville led 7-1 after eight frames.
Right-hander Jimmy Herget struck out Allen to end the game, and put Louisville one game under .500. The loss went to Jack Leathersich
The Bats look to move to .500 tomorrow, playing the Clippers for the final game of the series, and the homestand. Right-hander Robert Stephenson (0-1, 8.44 ERA) will face off against southpaw Shawn Morimando (1-0, 3.00 ERA). The game will be at Slugger Field at 6:30 pm.
images from the game
Photos by Seth Spalding