Chris Seddon received plenty of run support as he pitched Columbus to 7-2 victory over the Louisville Bats.
Columbus wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. In the bottom of the first, Jason Donald launched an opposite field solo shot over the right field wall, giving his squad an early 1-0 edge.
In the bottom of the second, the Clippers doubled their lead. With runners on first and third with one out and Vinnie Rottino batting, Bats hurler Ryan Fierabend was called for a balk, allowing Ezequiel Carrera to trot on home from third for Columbus' second run.
A third run would cross the plate for the Clippers in the bottom of the fourth when Russ Canzler scored on a Jared Goedert groundout to short.
An offensive explosion would take place in the bottom of the fourth. Gregorio Petit and Carrera led off the frame with singles. Jason Donald then laid down a sacrifice bunt up the third base line. Fierabend picked up the ball and fired to third trying to get Petit out. His throw was nowhere close to the bag as it went rolling up the left field line. Petit and Carrera came around to score on the play, lengthening the lead to 5-0.
The inning would continue to get better for the Clippers bats. The very next batter, Rottino, deposited a two run shot into the Wendy's Hamburger balcony in right, augmenting the Clippers advantage to 7-0.
The Bats would finally get on the board when Didi Gregorius crushed a two run homer over the right field wall, making it a 7-2 affair. It would be the only stain on what was otherwise a spotless night for Columbus left-hander Chris Seddon (W, 9-5). Seddon struck out six while limiting the Bats to those two runs on three hits in 6 2/3 innings of work.
Matt Pagnozzi would later add an RBI double in the bottom of eighth for the eighth tally for the good guys as Columbus took game one of their four game set with Louisville. Fierabend (L, 1-4) was hit with the loss for the Louisville.
The Clippers will be back at it against the Bats on Tuesday night. Corey Kluber (9-7, 3.80) will get start on the bump for Columbus. Louisville will counter with veteran right-hander Todd Redmond (6-6, 3.58 w/ Gwinnett), who will make his first career start for the Bats. Firs pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.