Louisville Bats 4, Columbus Clippers 3

Saturday afternoon the Columbus Clippers (15-8) closed out their second-to-last game in their home series against the Louisville Bats (8-15), where Columbus fell in a close one 4-3. 

Arias hit a key homer in the ninth inning that brought Columbus to within a run of tying the game. This allowed Chris Roller and Will Benson to score as well, setting Columbus up to possibly tie the game at 4-3, but the Clippers could not pull through. Arias hit a key homer in the ninth inning that brought Columbus to within a run of tying the game. 

It was a game of catch-up for Columbus throughout the entire evening. The Bats got off to a quick lead in the top of the first inning, thanks to Albert Amora, who hit a single RBI. This sent Ronnie Dawson to home plate, who drove in the first run of the night. 

TJ Friedl added on to the Bats’ lead in the second inning, homering n a fly ball to right field, followed by Alejo Lopez who singled on a line drive to right fielder Oscar Gonzalez. Ronnie Dawson brought in another run for the Bats, extending their lead 3-0 by the bottom of the third inning. 

From the fourth inning through the top of the eighth, both teams were scoreless. Kirk McCarty took the place of pitcher Tobias Myers in the beginning of the fifth for the Clippers. Since then, it was a pitching duel between McCarty and Louisville pitcher Randy Wynne. Myers pitched 3.2 innings with five hits, three runs, one walk, and three errors. For McCarty, he pitched 5.1 innings with five hits, one run, one walk.

For the Louisville Bats, Wynne pitched six innings, and didn’t let a single run in with five hits, and committed no errors. After Wynne, Pedro Payano, Jared Solomon, and Fernando Cruz each pitched an inning to finish out the game. 

The Bats struck again to stop the scoreless streak in the top of the ninth, as Allen Cordoba brought it home for Louiville and knocked it out of the park through left-center field, extending their lead 4-0 to end the night. Cruz was pitching for the Bats. 

While the Clippers attempted to take the lead thanks to Arias’ homer, he was a big help for the potential success of the Clippers getting on base four times within the game. First baseman David Fry and second baseman Tolman both ripped doubles for the Clippers. On Sunday, the Clippers will finish out their home stand against Louiville concluding with their sixth game on Family Day.

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