Bats win nightcap 1-0 to split DH
Louisville's Mike Hessman broke up a perfect game by Columbus pitchers tonight in Huntington Park in the fifth inning with a one-out home run andlifted the Bats to a 1-0 winand a doubleheader split. Columbus won the first game 4-0.
The Clippers went to reliever Bryan Price to start the game and he pitched three perfect innings. Fernando Nieve (4-2) followed and worked a perfect fourth. He got the first out in the fifth before Hessman launched his 19th home run of the season into the bleachers in left. The Bats had just one more hit, a seventh-inning double by Henry Rodriguez.
Columbus missed a chance to jump out to the early lead in the first inning against Pedro Villarreal. Ezequiel Carrera led off with a single and Ryan Rohlinger drew a walk. Tim Fedroff followed with a single to load the bases. Villarreal stopped the rally there.
He got Chun-Hsui Chen toground back to the mound. He threw home to force Carrera.Villarreal thenstruck out Matt Carson and got Juan Diaz toground back to the mound to end the inning.
The Clippers managed just onemorehit and one more threat. Reliever Zach Dukehit Nate Spears with a pitch andFedroff singled. Nick Christiani (5-2) entered and retired Chen on a pop fly to third baseman Henry Rodriguez andgot a broken-bat double play ball from Carson.It marked the 13th time this season that the Clippers have been shut out.
Columbus played both games without second baseman Cord Phelps (right wrist). He is listed as day to day.