LOUISVILLE, KY- The Columbus Clippers (55-49) beat the Louisville Bats (50-53) 1-0. Each pitcher brought it Monday night, but Columbus won thanks to an early run. The shutout win for Columbus brought the Clippers within one of Indianapolis in the International League West division chase.
Gabriel Arias (4-2, 3.76 ERA) was spectacular against the Bats. He went seven and two-third innings and allowed no runs with six hits and two strikeouts. Dylan Axelrod (6-8, 4.25 ERA) was exceptional in his Louisville debut after being traded from Charlotte to the Cincinnati organization. He went seven and one-third innings and allowed one run on four hits with two walks and one strikeout, but took the loss.
Mark Lowe got the final four outs for his 15th save.
The top of the lineup produced early for Columbus. Jose Ramirez singled to start the game and then stole second. A Tyler Holt single had runners on the corners for Jesus Aguilar. "El Jefe" drove in Ramirez with a sacrifice fly.
Carlos Moncrief threw out another runner when Jason Bourgeois tried to move from second to third on a fly ball in the fourth. The assist was his 20th which is tied for most in Clippers single season history.
Kyle Davies (5-7, 3.94 ERA) gets the call Tuesday at Louisville. He will face Josh Smith (9-3, 4.28 ERA) and the Bats at 7:05 p.m. in Louisville for game two.
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