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Bats strike back in 11-4 win over Clippers


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May 14, 2024 – International League (IL)
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The Louisville Bats scored 11 unanswered points after falling behind early to earn an 11-4 victory over the Columbus Clippers in the opener of a six-game series Tuesday night in Huntington Park.

With the win, the Bats have now won seven of their last eight games, including a four-game winning streak all season, moving them up to four games above .500 for the first time this season at 22-18.

The Clippers got on the board early, scoring four in the bottom of the first against Bats starter Connor Phillips. With two runners on base, Johnathan Rodriguez singled to right to bring in the first run. George Valera then launched a three-run home run over the right field fence to extend the lead to 4-0.

The Bats answered quickly in the next frame. Nick Martini led off the inning with a walk, followed by a single by Levi Jordan. A fielding error loaded the bases and a wild pitch brought the lead runner home. Back-to-back walks forced in another run to cut Columbus’ lead in half at 4-2.

Louisville led off the next inning by reaching base on a fielding error, a walk and a single. With the bases loaded, Erik González singled at second base to drive two runs across home plate, tying the game at four. A sacrifice fly by Blake Dunn scored Jordan and gave the Bats a 5-4 lead.

Louisville starter Connor Phillips threw 4.1 innings and allowed four earned runs on six hits and five walks. He struckout six batters on the season in a no-decision. Justin Bruihl (W, 3-0) came in with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and quickly got through the jam, setting up an inning-ending double play by George Valera to preserve the 5-4 lead.

Columbus threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning with the bases loaded, but Bats reliever Tony Santillan got out of trouble with an inning-ending double play and once again held the one-run lead.

Martini led off the next inning with a walk, his third of the game. Jordan reached base after being hit by a pitch. Back-to-back singles from González and Dunn scored two runs. With two on and one out, Livan Soto crushed his first home run with the Bats and second of the season, extending Louisville’s lead to 10-4 and putting the game out of reach.

The Bats scored another run in the top of the ninth inning. Martini crossed for home on a wild pitch. Brooks Kriske got the final four outs of the game, allowing no runs and helping secure the 11-4 win.

Martini starred, going 1-for-2 with three walks and scoring four runs, the most by a Bats player in one game this season. Jordan went 2-for-4 with three runs scored. After giving up four runs in the first inning, the Bats kept the Clippers quiet the rest of the night.

Louisville (22-18) continues its series against Columbus (16-23) on Wednesday, May 15 with the second of six games vs. the Clippers. First pitch is set for 12:05 PM ET. with Nick Curran on the call for 1450/96.1 WXVW.

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