--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats opened a midweek series against Columbus on Monday. They dropped the opener.
Louisville’s oldest active professional sports team collapsed in the ninth inning, and lost 4-3.
Lucas Sims owned the Clippers in his career. In six starts, he had a 2.25 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 32 innings pitched. It was not different on Monday. Sims pitched six innings, and gave up three runs, all earned, on six hits and one walk. He struck out TEN Clippers over 95 pitches.
Eric Haase homered to the left field corner in the top of the second inning. He scored Ryan Flaherty.
Louisville gained the lead in the bottom of the first inning. Nick Longhi hit an RBI single to right field to score Blake Trahan. Then, Christian Colon looped a liner to Trayce Thompson in right (Brother of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson). Colon’s RBI scored Kyle Ren. Rob Refnsyder gave Louisville the lead one batter later. Refnsyder single to center, allowing Longhi to score.
Brandon Barnes tied the game in the top of the fifth. He hit into a groundout with no outs, allowing Mark Mathias to score.
Chih-Wei Hu started the game for Columbus. Aside from being one player that a fan can make the joke “Hu’s on first?” about; Hu had a good outing. He threw six innings, and gave up three earned runs on six hits and two walks. Hu struck out six Bats.
Jesus Reyes replaced Matt Bowman in the ninth. When he entered, there were two runners on base. Bowman put the runners on with no outs, then struck out two batters. Reyes proceeded to walk the next two batters and gave Columbus the lead.
Bowman was handed the loss, despite Reyes walking the batter with the bases loaded.
Courtney Hawkins struck out to end the game. Jon Edwards received the win, and AJ Cole the save.
Louisville moves to 5-7. The Bats look to even up the series tomorrow. RHP Keury Mella (0-1, 7.00 ERA) looks to bounce back from his horrendous last start. He will pitch against Shao-Ching Chiang (0-1, 5.56).