Phil Ervin's two home runs lead Bats to a 5-3 victory over Clippers

Phil Ervin blasts two home runs in Louisville's 5-3 win over the Columbus Clippers. (Patrick L. Pfister)

By Logan Jones / Louisville Bats | April 14, 2017 9:39 PM ET


COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Louisville Bats (4-5) took the second game of the series, 5-3, against the Columbus Clippers (5-4) on Friday night at Huntington Park.

Right-handed starter Lisalverto Bonilla looked dominant to start his night for the Bats after quickly earning six strikeouts in his first four innings. However, a three-hit sixth inning ended Bonilla's outing at five and one-third innings pitched, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks.

Leading the Louisville offense was center fielder Phil Ervin, who blasted his first two-run homer of the night in the second inning, plating Seth Mejias-Brean, who singled to open the inning.

This 2-0 Bats lead was extended to 4-0 in the fourth inning when Ervin smacked his second two-run home run of the night, scoring Chad Wallach, who reached base on a 2-out walk.

With Ervin's two home runs, bringing him to three on the season, he became the first Louisville player with a multi-home run game since Rubén Gotay did so on April 8, 2014 against Columbus.

Louisville opened the sixth inning with a leadoff double by Tony Renda, who extended his hitting streak to six games. With one out in the inning, Brandon Dixon drew a bases-loaded walk to bring in Renda, increasing the Bats' lead to 5-1. This run signaled the end of Columbus' starter Shawn Morimando's night, after he went five and one-third innings and allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks.

Columbus countered in the bottom of the sixth inning on a two-run double by Clippers left fielder Richie Shaffer, forcing starter Bonilla out of the game. Reliever Evan Mitchell took the ball for the Bats and was able to pitch out of the inning and continue on to throw one and two-third scoreless innings.

In the seventh inning, second baseman Juan Perez stole his second base of the game, shortly before being retired on a caught stealing at third. Perez is now 3-for-4 on the season in stolen base attempts.

Right-hander Kevin Shackelford entered the game for the Bats in the bottom of the ninth inning in the second Louisville save situation of the season. Shackelford picked up the first save of his 2017 campaign after pitching a scoreless ninth inning that came with three walks and a strikeout.

Game three of the series against Columbus will take place tomorrow with the first pitch set for 6:35 p.m. at Huntington Park. Poised to take the mound for the Bats is right-hander Tim Adleman (0-1, 2.57 ERA), and pitching for the Clippers will be left-hander Chris Narveson (0-0, 0.00 ERA).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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