Reineke, Bats roll over Clippers

Louisville righty becomes latest pitcher to shut down Columbus

By Columbus Clippers | July 7, 2013 4:57 PM ET

The Clippers offense continued to sputter as Chad Reineke and the Bats stifled Columbus 4-0 at Huntington Park.

The Bats would use some power in the top of third when Neftali Soto gave Louisville a 3-0 lead with a three run no-doubter that landed in the left field bleachers. Emmanuel Burris later added to the Bats' advantage with an RBI single in the top of the eighth.

From there, Chad Reineke baffled the Clippers while pitching on the mound. Retiring 19 straight batters at one point, Reineke held Columbus to three hits through the first eight innings of play.

On the other side, Daisuke Matsuzaka turned in his longest outing of the year, going 7 2/3 innings while striking out six batters. The Clippers would try to rally in the ninth. In fact, they loaded the bases with nobody out. Unfortunately, the Clippers would go on to be shut out for the fourteenth time in 2013. It has been rough stretch lately for Columbus in terms of scoring runs, having only scored in 12 of their last 97 innings played.

Reineke (W, 8-5) was awarded the victory for Louisville. Matsuzaka (L, 1-5) was the hard luck loser for Columbus.

The Clippers welcome in the Indianapolis Indians for the start of a three game set in the Arena District. Right-hander Trevor Bauer (4-2, 4.04) will start on the mound for Columbus. The starter for Indy has yet to be determined. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM. 

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

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