COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 2, LOUISVILLE BATS - 4
Colabello drives in both of Columbus’ runs
The Clippers are still in search of their first home win of the 2017 season after they dropped their third straight game on Saturday 4-2 to the Louisville Bats. Designated hitter Chris Colabello accounted for both of Columbus’ runs with a homer in the second inning and a RBI double in the bottom of the ninth.
Colabello was the star of the night offensively for the Clippers as he had three of the team’s six hits. It was a bounce back game for the DH after he went 0-5 in Friday’s game. Colabello has hit .313 with two homers and seven RBI in his 16 previous games against Louisville.This Framingham, Massachusetts native hit .356 with three homers and eight RBI in 22 spring games with Cleveland. The 33-year-old has spent time at every level of baseball from high-A to the majors.
He was signed last December as a minor league free agent after a rough year including an 80 game PED suspension. In 101 games for the Blue Jays in 2015, the 33-year-old batted a career high .321 with 15 homers and 54 RBI's.
Colabello: 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI
Narveson struggles in second start of season
Lefty Chris Narveson suffered his first loss of the season Friday after throwing six scoreless innings his last appearance. Narveson was in command of his pitches but his defense slipped in the sixth inning after left fielder Erik Gonzalez dropped a fly ball leading to a Louisville run scoring. The Bats would tack on another run in the inning that gave the Bats their first lead of the game and one they would not lose.
The 35-year-old was signed as a minor league free agent earlier this year after making the opening day roster for the Miami Marlins last year where he appeared in six games and went 1-0 with an 8.64 ERA. He pitched seven games for Cleveland during spring training this year posting a 5.52 ERA.
Narveson: 7.2 IP, 6H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, 94 pitches (58 strikes), L.
Chris Narveson 3rd inning: 71 87 73 88 86 87 72 88 83
Chris Narveson 4th inning: 82 86 82 87 72 81 83 86 81
Kipnis suits up for Columbus
Jason Kipnis made his first appearance in a Clippers uniform since 2014 on Friday. He went 0-for-3 with two fly outs and a ground out while wearing his Cleveland Indians batting helmet during his three at-bats. The 30-year-old has been working his way back from a shoulder injury suffered in spring training and a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch in a rehab game with Akron. He was 1-for-6 with four strikeouts in his stint with the RubberDucks. Last season, the former All-Star batted .275 with a career-high 23 homers and 82 RBI's in 156 games for the Tribe.