COLUMBUS, OH- The Louisville Bats (23-36) split the series with Columbus Clippers (28-31) and win game four of the series, 3-0.
The Louisville Bats scored early when Hernan Iribarren led off the game with a home run to put the Bats up 1-0 after one batter.
The Columbus Clippers started right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko (4-5, 6.24). Plutko threw six and one thirds inning, allowed five hits, one run, it was earned, one home run, gave up three walks, and recorded three strikeouts on 104 pitches, 66 of them for strikes.
The Bats started the left-handed pitcher Cody Reed (2-4, 2.56). Reed pitched eight innings, allowed two hits, allowed one walk and recorded six strikeouts on 94 pitches, 60 for strikes.
The Bats added on a run in the seventh inning to extend their lead to 2-0, when Zach Vincej singled to score Brandon Dixon after he walked earlier in the inning.
The Bats added on an insurance run in the ninth after Iribarren singled scoring Dixon to give the Bats a 3-0 lead. This was Iribarren's second RBI of the game and Dixon's second run of the game.
The Bats brought in the right-handed pitcher Kevin Shackelford who earned his ninth save in as many opportunities this afternoon. This makes for Shackelford's 21st scoreless appearance and he has now recorded a strikeout in 21 straight appearances.
The Bats will be back at Louisville Slugger Field tomorrow night for a three game series against the Toledo Mud Hens. The Bats starter is to be determined, while the Mud Hens plan to start Drew Verhagen (2-4, 4.29). First is pitch is scheduled for 7:05.
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