slugfest leads bats over clippers, back to .500
By Mike Gilpatrick
April 11th, 2018
April 11th, 2018
The Louisville Bats have moved back up to .500. The Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate defeated the Columbus Clippers, 8-2, to win their second straight, and exit their first homestand 3-3. The Bats had a strong offensive attack, scoring in four consecutive frames.
Robert Stephenson started the game for Louisville, and performed much better than his first outing. He went seven innings, and gave up just one unearned run on three hits and three walks, while striking out ten. He lowered his ERA to 3.65. He received the win in the quality start.
Stephenson performed much better than his competition, Shawn Morimando. The left-hander threw five frames, and gave up eight runs, all earned, on 14 hits and one walk. Morimando did not strike out a single batter in the contest. Morimando received the loss.
The Bats jumped out in the second inning. First baseman Steve Slesky, who was just picked up, doubled to center, scoring second baseman Brandon Dixon from second. Then, designated hitter DJ Peterson singled to right-fielder Mike Papi, putting the Bats up by two in the second.
Louisville put another two on the board in the third inning. Center fielder Rosell Herrera hit a double with one out, and went home on a Sebastian Elizalde double to right. The right-fielder went home on a double from Dixon. The second baseman hit a pitch close to the heart of the plate to left fielder Brandon Barnes.
The Bats tacked on another three in their next offensive frame. Two of their first three batters singled, Reds top prospect Nick Senzel walked, setting up a dangerous situation for the heart of Louisville’s lineup. Herrera singled to center, scoring one run. Elizalde followed with another single to score two more, on the first pitch of the at bat.
With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, shortstop and nine-hitter Blake Trahan singled on a grounder to center, scoring Peterson.
Kyle Crockett came out in the ninth. He surrendered an RBI single to Adam Rosales with two outs, but forced Todd Hankins into a 6-4 fielder's choice to end the game. The game lasted two hours and 33 minutes.
The Bats wrap up their homestand at 3-3. They’ll head on a road trip to Lehigh Valley, taking on the Iron Pigs. Jackson Stephens takes on Zach Eflin, who went five innings of one-run ball in his first outing of 2018.
images from the game
Photos by Jared Anderson, River City Cards