Clippers have first losing streak of season
April 16, 2012
LOUISVILLE - The Columbus Clippers have lost back-to-back games for the first time this season.
The Clippers (7-5) fell to the Louisvile Bats by a score of 7-4 on Monday night, losing for the third time in four games.
Louisville used a four-run sixth inning to put distance between themselves and Columbus after the Clippers had scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to cut the Bats’ lead to 3-2.
Right-hander Kevin Slowey (1-2) was on the mound for Columbus, and took the loss, going 5.1 innings while letting in six earned runs.
Clippers’ third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall propelled the Columbus offense in the loss, going 3-for-5 with a home run and two doubles.
Matt LaPorta, playing in his first game since getting hit in a game against Louisville on Friday, was Columbus’ designated hitter, and went 1-for-3 with two walks.
Left-hander Jeff Francis (1-1) started and got the win for Louisville, giving up two earned runs in six innings of work. He struck out nine Columbus hitters.
The Bats’ got on the scoreboard first when Louisville second baseman Kristopher Negron scored on a double to left field by Bats’ left fielder Todd Frazier in the bottom of the first inning.
Louisville added to its lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Bats’ shortstop Paul Janish scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Negron. Louisville catcher Dioner Navarro was plated on a triple to deep center field by Bats’ third baseman Chris Valaika.
A two-run homer by Chisenhall in the top of the fifth inning brought Columbus within one run, but Louisville had an outburst of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning that secured them the win.
After Louisville loaded the bases, Slowey was replaced with right-hander Jeremy Accardo. Following a strikeout by Valaika, Accardo walked in a run, and then gave up back-to-back singles, and Louisville took a 7-4 lead.
Columbus would score two in the top of the eighth inning on a triple by left fielder Trevor Crowe, who went 3-for-4, and a double by shortstop Justin Toole, who went 2-for-4, respectively.
The Clippers will continue their 11-game road trip with a four-game series at Indianapolis, starting Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
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