July 19, 2012

What if I said this column is about a game where the Clippers’ starter (David Huff) gave up four runs (three earned) and the guy who followed him (Matt Langwell) gave up another three earned runs on only two outs? What if I added that further insult was heaped this aforementioned grievous injury by another reliever (Bryan Price) allowing four earned without recording a single out? I assume your thoughts rights now are along the lines of “Arthur, you inebriated wombat, why are you rehashing this nightmarish game?! Has the org not won one game on July 19 in the past decade and a half?!”

Rest assured, I have a reason for hearkening back to this game. Namely, that the Louisville Bats (Cincinnati Reds) pitching rotation saw the 12 runs (11 earned) surrendered by the Clipper hurlers and, after asking Columbus mascots Krash and Lou Seal to hold their proverbial beer, proceeded to allow 13 runs (also 11 earned) to the Columbus lineup. The offensive highlight of this blessedly cloudy afternoon at the Corner of Neil and Nationwide was a six-run bottom of the fifth that turned a 4-4 tie into what should’ve been a secure 10-4 lead (more on the :should’ve later). The scoring was capped off by a three-run homer off the bat of SS (and number nine hitter) Gregorio Petit. Gregorio would finish the day 4-for-4 with two doubles, the aforementioned home run, three runs scored, and five driven in (that’s a single game OPS of 3.250).

I said “should’ve” because four-run innings by the Bats in the top of the seventh and ninth frames kept the game close until the end (the tying run was on first base with one out before two consecutive outs ended the game). In the end, though, the Clippers won and sent 9,700 Central Ohio baseball enthusiasts home happy at 4:01 PM.


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