louisville commits four errors in loss to columbus
By Mike Gilpatrick
April 9th, 2018
April 9th, 2018
The Louisville Bats dropped their series opener against Columbus Monday, after the team committed four errors, allowing four unearned runs. The Bats lost to the Clippers 7-1. The Bats were without Alex Blandino and Zack Weiss, whom were called up to Cincinnati before the game.
Brandon Finnegan was down for a rehab assignment, and started the game. he went five innings deep, and gave up four runs, three earned; on eight hits, and five walks. His three earned runs were the only surrendered by Louisville in the game. Evan Mitchell, Ben Rowen, and Barrett Astin threw a combined four innings, and gave up only three runs; all unearned.
Louisville's competition was also stiff. Adam Wilk had limited innings in the majors in his career, and showed the Cleveland Indians that he could be a minor-league option they turn to. Wilk threw 5.2 innings of no earned-run ball, and struck out five and walked one. He did surrender one unearned run, in the first inning.
It was the Bats sole run. Left-fielder Tyler Goeddel led off for Pat Kelly, and reached on a fielding error by third-baseman Yandy Diaz. Goeddel stole second, and advanced to home on an RBI single from right-fielder Rosell Herrera. At the end of the first, Louisville led 1-0.
The lead did not last long. Finnegan loaded the bases, and walked Nellie Rodriguez with two outs to plate across Columbus's first run.
Then, Richie Shaffer led off the fourth inning with a home run to left-center on a pitch close to the heart of the plate.
Eric Haase and Yu Chang both hit back-to-back doubles in the top of the fifth, scoring one run. Chang scored when Brandon Barnes singled on an infield grounder. The inning was ended on an interesting play where the baserunner was cut down at third.
Columbus tacked on another run via a bases-loaded walk to Haase in the top of the sixth. They added two more in the top of the seventh, on two consecutive singles, a fielding error by the pitcher, Ben Bowen, and an RBI groundout by Francisco Mejia.
The final score stood after the seventh. Both teams recorded 0's on the linescore. Wilk received the win, and Finnegan the loss.
The Bats hope to even up the series tomorrow, against former major-leaguer Alexi Ogando. The game will be at 6:30 pm, at Louisville Slugger Field. A Bats starter has not been announced.