Stephenson erratic in loss to columbus
By Mike Gilpatrick
May 1st, 2018
May 1st, 2018
In the series opener, the Louisville Bats dominated.
In game two, it was the other way around. The Louisville Bats lost 10-6. Starting pitcher Robert Stephenson couldn’t make it to the third inning. He raised his ERA nearly two runs over the course of his outing. While a few late runs late in the game showed a little fight, the comeback came too late.
Stephenson surrendered his first run in the top of the first. Second baseman Gio Urshela belted a ball over center fielder Mason William’s head for a double. Center fielder Greg Allen scored standing up. The Clippers led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the inning.
He surrendered a couple more in the second. Right fielder Mike Papi drilled a double down the right field line to score Yu Chang and Adam Rosales. It was Papi’s third double of the year. Onn was earned. Columbus led 3-0 after.
In the third, Brandon Barnes put a charge on a pitch down the heart of the plate with bases loaded and nearly hit a home run with no outs. The double scored two runs, prompting manager Dick Schofield to get someone up in the bullpen. Stephenson still had two runners on, and loaded the bases again. The wild pitcher moved while he was set, and balked a run in. Stephenson finally recorded an out, after striking out Rosales.
Stephenson walked his next batter, and was yanked out of the game by Schofield. Stephenson only made it 2.1 innings, and gave up seven runs, six earned, on three walks, and seven hits. Stephenson was able to strike out five, however. He raised his ERA from 2.95 to 4.94.
The third inning was not over. Greg Allen recorded another RBI on a sacrifice fly to left. Louisville trailed by seven heading to the bottom of the third.
Barnes recorded an RBI single in the top of the fourth. He popped a ball to short center field, where Williams, Dixon, and Cliff Pennington couldn’t decide who was going to catch it. The ball fell in-between all three of them, allowing Urshela to score easily. Then, Rosales hit a ball to right-center, scoring another run, and giving Columbus a 9-0 lead.
Richie Shaffer tacked on another run in the fifth inning, after hitting a sac fly to right-fielder Sebastian Elizalde.
Phil Gosselin eliminated the shutout in the bottom of the sixth inning. He ripped a ball to Barnes in left, and drove in DJ Peterson from second.
Louisville tacked on another two in the bottom of the seventh. Mason Williams singled to left, scoring Dixon. Then, Nick Senzel drove in Tony Cruz on an RBI sacrifice fly. The Bats trailed by seven after seven innings.
Both runs were attributed to Columbus's starter, Stephen Fife. Fife was pulled after pitching to a couple batters in the seventh, and finished with six innings of three-run baseball. He gave up seven hits and two walks.
Louisville showed life in the bottom of the ninth. Williams hit an absolute bomb in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on. He found a ball near the heart of the plate, and sent it over the patio area in right, into the seventh row of the bleachers.
Gosselin popped out to center to record the final out of the game.
The Louisville Bats conclude their short, three-game homestand tomorrow, in the rubber-match against the Columbus Clippers. The game will be at 11 am. Jackson Stephens will face Adam Wilk.
images from the game
Photos by Jared Anderson, River City Cards