The Columbus Clippers put the Louisville Bats behind the eight ball early and never looked back on their way to a 9-3 victory Saturday night.
Bats starter Andrew Brackman gave up five runs while recording just two outs before being lifted.
Ezequiel Carerra led the game off with a single and stole second two pitches later. Carerra moved to third on a single by Cord Phelps and scored on a throwing error by Brackman that allowed runners to move to second and third. Two batters later, Chad Huffman laced a two-run single into left, making the score 3-0.
After a great defensive play by Todd Frazier for the second out, Brackman looked as if he were going to get out of the inning. But, after walking the next two batters, Brackman gave up a two-run double to Gregorio Petit, ending his night.
It was Brackman’s worst start since June 2, 2011 when he gave up three runs in just one inning of work to the Indianapolis Indians.
Kanekoa Texiera came in to relieve Brackman and ended the first by getting Carerra to fly out to left. Texiera would pitch the next 3.2 innings giving up one run—on a Phelps single in the fourth—on four hits, striking out two.
Carlos Fisher relieved Texiera when he came in with two outs in the fifth. Fisher went 2.2 innings giving up two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out three.
The two runs Fisher was charged with came when Ron Mahay relieved him in the eighth. Fisher left with two runners on and Mahay gave up a double to Phelps that scored both runners.
Mahay relinquished the Clippers’ final run in the ninth, giving up an RBI double to Matt Pagnozzi.
The Bats got on the board in the bottom of the second when Todd Frazier led the inning off with a 402-foot home run to left-center field. It was Frazier’s first home run of the year and the team’s first since April 9.
Dioner Navarro followed Frazier’s feat by leading off the third inning with a home run that landed on Witherspoon Street outside of the stadium. Navarro was 0-for-14 on the season going into the at bat.
Louisville scored their third run in the fifth when Paul Janish led the inning off with a triple and scored on a groundout by Navarro.
The Bats’ final run came in the ninth on a RBI sacrifice fly by Navarro, who finished the night with three RBI.
The Bats continued to struggle with runners in scoring position, going 1-for-9 in such situations. That brings Louisville’s season total to an abysmal 9-for-80.
Louisville also struck out ten times, bringing their season total to 96 through the first ten games of the season.
The Bats (3-7) and Clippers (7-3) will play the third of their four game series Sunday. Brett Tomko (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will take the bump for Louisville. Columbus will counter with Zach McAllister (0-0, 2.25 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 2:05.
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