--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Seth Spalding
Francisco Lindor made a rehab assignment for Columbus in Louisville on Monday. Josh VanMeter was more impressive.
The Louisville Bats had an offensive explosion in the fifth inning, and defeated Lindor and the Cleveland affiliate 9-7. Both teams combined for four home runs. VanMeter, the Bats first baseman, went 2 for 4, and gained four RBIs and scored two runs.
Keury Mella had a bad outing. He threw 5.1 innings, but was shelled with two home runs. He gave up five runs, all earned, on ten hits and three walks. He only managed to strike out three.
Columbus gained the lead first in the first inning. Cameron Maybin singled on a ground ball to right field, plating Oscar Mercado.
In the bottom of the inning, VanMeter hit his fifth home run of 2019, a two-run shot with Christian Colon on-base, to center field. The home run came on the third pitch of the at bat, and travelled 422 feet.
Bobby Bradley tied the game in the fourth. He hit his third double of the year to Nick Longhi in left. Jordan Luplow scored.
Louisville re-gained the lead in the bottom of the fourth on a wild pitch.
Lindor hit a massive home run in the top of the fifth. It went to right field, and landed 412 feet away from home plate. It was Mella’s last home run allowed in the game. Ryan Flaherty hit an RBI single to right, scoring Maybin. It gave the Clippers the lead.
The Bats scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Colon plated the first run with an RBI double. It scored Sherman Johnson. Then, VanMeter hit his fourth double of the year, scoring Colon. Juan Graterol scored three runs on his first home run of 2019. The pitch went to left field.
Eric Haase hit his fourth home run in the top of the sixth.
Columbus cut Louisville’s lead to one run in the top of the seventh. Trayce Thompson hit a two-run single with the bases loaded.
VanMeter gained his fourth RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Blake Trahan scored.
Mella was the winner(1-1), Shao-Ching Chiang was the loser, and Anthony Bass recorded the save.
Louisville moves to 6-7 overall. They look to at least split the four-game series with Columbus tomorrow. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (1-0, 3.48) goes against LHP Sean Brady (1-0, 3.00). The game is at 11am and is Elementary School Day.