Louisville is hosting the Clippers of Columbus in the series finale. They trail 3-0 through four. Columbus scored three times in the fourth, aided by an error on the center fielder, Billy Hamilton. Columbus started the frame with four consecutive singles.
Mike Hessman has a double and Ray Chang has singled.
Armando Gallaraga has given up 5 hits in four innings of work. He walked none and struck out five. Of the three runs given up just two were earned. Update: Gallaraga worked a scoreless fifth. He walked the leadoff batter but nothing came of it.
Konrad Schmidt singled to left in the fifth but was subsequently erased on a double play off the bat of Ray Chang.
AG walks the leadoff batter in the sixth, ex-Red Jeremy Hermida. A line drive, with the runner going, ends up in the glove of Ray Chang who loops a throw to first to complete a 5-3 double play. Line single by the next matter marks the end for Galarraga. Riggleman signals the bullpen. Wilkin De La Rosa comes on. Nice running catch on a screamer by Denis Phipps ends the inning.
Negron leads off the bottom of the sixth. Hamilton grounds sharply to second for a 4-6-3 double play. Hamilton hit into all of two double plays in 2012. Henry Rodriguez sends one to the warning track in right where it is hauled in. Bats still trail 3-zip after six.
Line drive right at Phipps who attempts a shoestring catch unsuccessfully. Runner scoots into second. Sac bunt moves him over to third. One down. Fly ball to Perez in left, who lets go a strong throw home, holding the runner at third. Liner to Hamilton in center for out number three.
Seventh inning stretch time. Bats go in order in the 7th.
De La Rosa walks back-to-back batters with one out. He strikes out the next batter. But then allows a two-run double to deep center. 5-0 Clips. Wilkin being pulled. Mark Prior takes the ball. He induces a high fly ball to right to end the Columbus 8th. Bats need 5 in a hurry.
Ray Chang reaches first the hard way with two down. A 96 MPH heater off the forearm. Negron follows suit. Back-to-back plunks. Hamilton walks to load the bases. Pitching change. Henry Rodriguez swings and misses. 5-0. On to the 9th.
Prior gets a fly ball to right for one down. A walk and a force out follow. Two outs and a runner on first. Another fly to right.
Bats need five to tie and six to win. Perez takes a called third. Hessman grounds out. Fellhauer should have left his bat in the dugout as he took three called strikes.
Bats lose 5-0.