Clippers win 13-11 in 12-inning marathon
Columbus records 19 hits en route to extra-innings victory
LOUISVILLE, KY – The Columbus Clippers ended their four-game losing streak with a 12-inning marathon win over the Louisville Bats, 13-11 on Monday.
It took the Clippers 12 innings and 19 hits to beat the Bats in the first game of the series Monday night. The teams combined for 34 hits on the game.
The Clippers’ bullpen had one of their most active nights of the season as they played seven pitchers over the course of the game. Clippers’ righty Carlos Carrasco started on the mound and pitched four innings while giving up three earned runs on four hits—Carrasco struck out five batters.
Clippers’ pitchers Jerry Gil, Preston Guilmet and Rob Bryson all picked up blown saves with Bryson eventually picking up his first win of the season. Right-hander Matt Langwell picked up his first save of the season.
The Clippers took an 8-5 lead in the top of the ninth only to have it quickly erased by a three-run inning the bottom half of the ninth to tie the game at 8-8.
The Clippers and Bats combined for 13 runs through three innings.
The Bats got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first by Bats’ right fielder Josh Fellhauer. Fellhauer went 3-for-5 from the plate with four RBIs.
The Clippers added one run in the top of the second and third only to have the lead taken from them after Bats’ third baseman Mike Hessman homered to left field.
The Clippers quickly responded with a three-run inning in the top of the forth after a three-run homer by right fielderJeremy Hermida, which scored Lonnie Chisenhall and Matt Carson to bring the game to 5-3.
The Bats ended up adding a run in the bottom of the fifth and bottom of the eighth to tie the game at 5-5 heading into the ninth.
Clippers’ first baseman Matt LaPorta gave the Clippers the lead with a two-run homer followed by an insurance homer by Chisenhall to give the Clippers the 8-5 lead.
The Bats added three runs off three RBI-singles to tie the game.
Both the Clippers and the Bats scored three runs in the tenth to bring the game to 11-11.
First baseman Chun-Hsiu Chen put the Clippers on top with a two-run homer in the top of the twelfth inning. Chen’s homer gave the Clippers five on the game. The Clippers scored nine of their 13 runs from homeruns.
The Clippers will send out left-handed pitcher T.J House against Bats’ pitcher Tony Cingrani. Cingrani was recently reassigned back to Louisville after Reds’ pitcher Johnny Cueto returned from a strained muscle in his right arm.
First pitch is at 6:35 pm.