Louisville Drops Back-And-Forth Contest, 5-4
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Louisville Bats (53-73) were defeated in Monday night's series opener against the first-place Columbus Clippers (72-54) by a 5-4 score. Louisville out-hit Columbus 12-5, but left 12 runners on base in the one-run loss.
The Bats got the scoring started early, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Rob Refsnyder's RBI single scored Major League rehabber Derek Dietrich, who was hit by a pitch as the second batter of the game.
In his first rehab game of the season for Louisville, Dietrich reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with two singles, a hit by pitch, and scoring two runs.
Christian Colon helped extend the Louisville lead in the third inning, when his ninth home run of the season scored Dietrich to make it a 3-0 Bats advantage. The lead would not hold, however, as Columbus scored one in the third, two in the fourth and another in the fifth to take a 4-3 lead against Louisville starting pitcher Jesus Reyes (1-4, 4.50).
Reyes went 5.0 innings, allowing four earned runs on four hits and one home run, walking five and striking out two on 91 pitches, 45 strikes. He secured a no-decision after Bats catcher Ryan Lavarnway smacked a solo home run, tying the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning.
After right-hander Justin Grimm tossed a shutdown bottom of the sixth, the Clippers took the lead in the bottom of the seventh off Louisville reliever Sal Romano (4-8, 4.55). A two-out, solo home run off the bat of Ryan Flaherty gave the Clip Show a 5-4 lead, which would be the final score.
Kyle Nelson came into the ninth inning for Columbus in a one-run game and registered his first Triple-A save of the season, getting out of trouble after allowing Refsnyder to reach on a leadoff single, his third hit of the night.
Tomorrow, the IL West Division rivals continue their four-game series in Columbus with right-hander and defending IL Pitcher of the Week winner Vladimir Gutierrez (4-10, 6.36) on the mound for the Bats, set to oppose Columbus righty Michael Peoples (8-5, 4.33). First pitch is once again set for 6:35 p.m.
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