By Jason Wyrick
Photo by Jared Anderson
With a lineup heavily anchored by former (and current) big league standouts, the Columbus Clippers downed the Louisville Bats with a score of 8-5.
The Clippers jumped on Bats’ starter Jose Lopez early, with highly decorated Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor getting on base in the top of the 1st. The three-time Major League All Star was driven in by yet another player with ample big league experience. Ryan Flaherty, a seven-year big leaguer himself blasted a two run shot to score Lindor.
The Clippers would add to their lead in the 2nd behind a solo shot by catcher Eric Haase to extend the lead to 3-0.
Francisco Lindor flexed his two-time Silver Slugger winning bat in the 3rd with a solo blast, extending the Clippers’ lead to 4-0.
In the bottom of the 3rd, the Bats would get on the board. Josh Van Meter singled into the outfield, scoring Phillip Ervin.
Columbus would answer right away, adding that run back to their lead in the top of the 4th. Oscar Mercado singled to left field to score Bobby Bradley. Rob Refsnyder, the Bats’ South Korean outfielder by way of California gunned down Eric Haase to keep the deficit to a modest four. This would still be the end of the line on this Thursday night for Jose Lopez.
Jesus Reyes would have similar luck against these Columbus Clippers, quickly getting tagged with another run on a Brandon Barnes single in the top of the 5th. Ryan Flaherty also hit his second two-run home run of the game and the lead ballooned to 8-1.
Aristides Aquino hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 6th. What appeared to be an insignificant development actually was the first of a late rally by Louisville.
In the bottom of the 8th, Rob Refsnyder hit a three-run long ball to slash the Clippers’ six-run lead in half. Mother Nature did not have her rally cap on, however. In the middle of a Phillip Ervin at bat with the count full, the skies opened up causing a delay that eventually cut the Bats’ rally short, ending the game.
The Bats will travel north on I65 to Indianapolis tomorrow for a weekend series against the Indians.