--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