Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers/Toledo MudHens (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: I’m combining a couple of games we went to before our trip up to Michigan. After battling rain for the first few months of the season, we have been battling extreme heat since then. I miss when the Bats played their Sunday games at 6:00 instead of at 2:00. Makes the heat a little more bearable.
The game against Columbus featured a nice comeback from the Bats. Down 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth, Louisville’s offense kicked in, scoring five runs to tie things up. The Bats scored one more in the seventh, then held on for the win. Leading the way was Narciso Cook, going 2-4 with a pair of RBI’s. Cassidy Brown added a two RBI’s himself, while Nick Longhi got two hits and two runs scored. Eric Stout picked up the win pitching one scoreless inning, while R.J. Alaniz earned the save. FINAL: Bats 7, Clippers 6.
Louisville’s game against Toledo took place the day we left for our trip north. It’s always good to see the Tigers’ affiliates play, also. This one was close early, but Toledo would score two runs in back-to-back innings to take the lead. The teams made the last two innings interesting also, but the Mud Hens would get 16 hits off Louisville pitching, en route to the win. Christian Colon lead the way for the Bats, going 2-4 with two RBI’s. Blake Trahan also went 2-4, and contributed one RBI. Vladimir Gutierrez took the loss, giving up five runs on eight hits in five innings of work. The Bat’s relief pitchers didn’t fare much better. FINAL: Bats 4, Mud Hens 9.
Louisville Bats vs. Toledo Mud Hens (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Back at the Bats the day before Memorial Day. A great time of year for baseball, but we keep battling rain almost every game so far this season. A little rain delay pushed this game back a bit, but we were ready to go at the first pitch. The Bats were playing the Mud Hens, so we were sporting our Tigers gear for this one.
On to the game, and as it’s been a rough season for the Bats, this wasn’t a rough game. Louisville exploded for six runs in the fourth inning to salt this one away. Christian Colon went 5-5 with three RBI’s to be the hero of this one. Nick Longhi also added two RBI’s, going 3-4 to pitch in. On the bump, Keury Mella earned the win, pitching 5.1 innings and giving up five runs. Alex Powers got the save. Final: Bats 7, Mud Hens 5.
Louisville Bats vs. Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (International League)
Louisville Slugger Field-Louisville, KY: Still very far behind, but this game was toward the end of the season when the Bats held an autograph session before the game. Always a highlight of the season for us, so I bought Brian a baseball and we hit the field. The photos sort of speak for themselves!
On to the game, not a great one for the home team. Louisville left a big goose egg on the board, but a couple of players had a good game. Both Gabriel Guerrero and Nick Longhi went 1-3 for the day.On the mound, Jose Lopez took the loss. He pitched five innings, giving up four runs while striking out four. Final: Bats 0, Iron Pigs 4.