--By Mike Gilpatrick
Photos by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats dropped game three to the Columbus Clippers, 6-3; despite nearly coming back. Louisville was down 3-0 early, and tied the game late; but a rare poor outing from Domingo Tapia put the game out of reach.
Justin Nicolino started the game, and gave up three runs: one in the first, one in the second, and the last in the fifth. Only two runs were earned. The southpaw also gave up nine hits, and one walk. He did strike out four.
Nicolino’s first run allowed was in the top of the first, after Eric Haase drilled a 2-0 pitch to left. The single drove in Drew Maggi.
Then, Nellie Rodriguez added a run in the second. He hit his 10th double of the season to center; driving in Adam Rosales.
Haase added another run in the top of the fifth; on a sacrifice fly. The run was unearned, due to the lead runner, Brandon Barnes, advancing to second on a fielding error by center fielder Mason Williams.
Louisville came back in the bottom of the sixth. A wild pitch scored Mason Williams for Louisville’s first. Then, Gabriel Guerrero hit his 11th double of 2018 to left; plating Brandon Dixon. Then, Hernan Iribarren singled to right, scoring Guerrero.
The inning drove Cleveland starter Mitch Talbot out of the game. The three runs, all earned, were off six hits and one walk. Talbot also struck out four.
Brandon Finnegan gave Louisville a couple innings, but surrendered an RBI single to Melky Cabrera, surrendering the tie. Finnegan also received the loss.
Since Talbot pitched before Columbus notched the lead, he received the win.
In the eighth, Cabrera put the game out of reach. He hit an RBI double off Tapia to score two runs.
George Kontos came on to save the ninth.
The Bats finish up their series tomorrow. The game will be at 6pm. Jose Lopez starts for the Bats. Columbus has yet to name a starter.
--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Seth Spalding, River City Cards
The Louisville Bats opened the second half of 2018 with a series against the near-.500 Columbus Clippers. Louisville was defeated by the Cleveland affiliate, 6-4. Also, long-time Bat Hernan Iribarren climbed into the top five of Louisville's hit list.
Cody Reed rolled through the first three innings. Then, he allowed a stretch of four innings where something was on the scoreboard. He allowed his first in the fourth. Reed finished with 6.2 innings of seven-hit; six run ball. four runs were earned.
Louisville opened scoring in the bottom of the first. Phillip Ervin drove in Mason Williams with an RBI groundout, second to fist.
Columbus tied the game in the top of the fourth. Long time MLBer Melky Cabrera grounded out to short; and drove in Yandy Diaz.
Then, the Clippers took the one-run lead in their next frame, on a fielding error by second baseman Brandon Dixon. Diaz reached home, and Nellie Rodriguez scored.
Louisville tied the game in the bottom half of the frame, when Phillip Ervin drove in Chadwick Tromp. Also in the inning, Iribarren passed Corky Miller for Louisville’s fifth-overall hits leader; with his 417th.
Columbus tacked on another run in the top of the sixth on a home run from Eric Haase. Then, in the seventh, Francisco Mejia singled home Dorssys Paulino. Paulino scored on an intriguing play that brought manager Dick Schofield out of the dugout to have a conversation. Adam Rosales came on to double in another run. Then, Haase singled in the final run of the top of the seventh.
Phillip Ervin tripled in two in the bottom of the seventh. He hit a pitch to the corner in left, and legged it out.
The Bats move to 35-51 They face the Clippers again tomorrow for game two. Homer Bailey (1-2, 5.84) takes on RHP Stephen Fife (3-5, 6.41). The game will be at 7pm. It is Jake the Diamond Dog Night.
Mike Gilpatrick is the editor-in-chief and senior Bats correspondent for River City Cards... MORE