--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats continued their June woes on Friday, as they lost their 21st game in the sixth month of the year.
Re-branded as Los Murcielagos de Louisville as a part of the Copa De La Diversion, which paid homage to Hispanic and Latino Heritage; the Bats lost to the Columbus Clippers, 6-3. The Clippers also participated, playing as the Columbus Veleros.
The game moved quickly for the first four innings. Then, a huge five-run fourth inning for Columbus put the Clippers ahead of the Bats.
Keury Mella had an interesting start for Louisville. He threw 5.2 innings and surrendered six runs, only one of which was earned. Mella walked four batters, and struck out three. His ERA dropped from 5.33 to 5.07.
Daniel Johnson plated Columbus’s first run in the first inning. He hit a sacrifice to center fielder Scott Schebler. Greg Allen scored on the play.
In the bottom of the first, Josh VanMeter hit his 10th double of the season to left, plating Scott Schebler. After scoring, Schebler was pulled from the game for an undisclosed reason.
Two hits did Louisville in in the fourth. First, Greg Allen hit a two-run single to right. Then, Trayce Thompson hit his 20th home run to left center, plating three runs. In total, the Clippers scored five runs.
Columbus pitcher Michael Peoples pitched 5.1 innings, and gave up three runs, all earned, on nine hits and no walks. Peoples struck out two.
Louisville mounted a small comeback in the sixth. Brian O’Grady doubled to left, scoring Arisitdes Aquino. Then, Narciso Crook plated O’Grady with a single to right.
James Hoyt came into the game to save for Columbus.
Louisville moves to 28-52. They look to even the series tomorrow at 6:30. RHP Lucas Sims (4-0, 4.64) will take on RHP Mitch Talbot (2-0, 5.12).