Clippers fall on Star Wars night
COLUMBUS -- The Columbus Clippers (22-13) rallied after facing a 3-0 deficit to Louisville (20-15) on Saturday night at Huntington Park, but the Bats ended up with an 8-6 win on Star Wars night in front of a crowd of 8,799.
Louisville struck first in the top of the second inning as a simple base hit by Bats first baseman Ray Chang to left turned ugly, as Clippers left fielder Bryson Myles was unable to corral the ball, it went past him and Steve Selsky came home all the way from first base.
Seth Mejias-Brean's RBI double in the top of the fourth extended the Bats lead to two and Hernan Iribarren grounded into a fielder's choice with the bases loaded later in the inning to make it 3-0 Louisville.
The Clippers bats came to life in the bottom half of the inning, as a Yandy Diaz sacrifice fly to center scored Jesus Aguilar from third and an RBI double by Joey Butler brought home Adam Moore cut the Louisville lead to one.
Ronny Rodriguez extended his hitting streak to 16 games in clutch fashion, as his double down the right field line in the bottom of the fifth plated the tying run in Yhoxian Medina from first base to tie the game at three.
The Clippers momentum would be immediately halted in the sixth, as a solo shot over the wall in right center field by Juan Perez put the Bats back on top 4-3.
Louisville plated four runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach, although Guillermo Quiroz's three-run home run to the lawn in left center field in the bottom half of the inning cut the lead to two.
Columbus starter in southpaw Ryan Merritt (3-3) went six innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits while walking a batter and striking out a pair of Bats.
His counterpart in righty Robert Stephenson (3-2) threw five and 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (two earned) on four hits. He walked three and fanned four.
Jumbo Diaz locked down his fourth save of the year, working a scoreless ninth.
Columbus and Louisville will dance one more time tomorrow afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m.