--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.
Mike Gilpatrick is the editor-in-chief and senior Bats correspondent for River City Cards... MORE