bats drop two games against durham, swept in series
By Mike Gilpatrick
May 17th, 2018
May 17th, 2018
The Louisville Bats completed their weekday series against the Durham Bulls 0-2, after losing two games on Thursday. It was a series sweep.
The first game actually opened on Wednesday, but due to inclement weather; was completed on Thursday. Louisville lost 6-4.
Brandon Finnegan made his second start for the Bats, and the first since being sent down. He went just three innings, before being rocked for three runs, all earned, in the third inning. The former Kansas City Royal gave up two hits and a walk. He did strike out six.
Durham’s Kean Wong opened scoring with an RBI double to left. Then, a fielding error by Dilson Herrera allowed two runs to score.
The game was suspended in the middle of the fourth due to rain. It resumed at 6pm on Thursday.
Durham hit a pair of home runs in the fourth, one two-run shot and a solo shot.
Josh VanMeter hit an RBI double to right to avoid the shutout. Blake Trahan scored. VanMeter almost made it a triple, but was cut down at third.
In the top of the eighth, Blake Trahan hit an RBI double, VanMeter hit another RBI double, and Brandon Dixon hit an RBI single.
Andrew Kittredge received the win, Finnegan the loss, and Ian Gibaut the save.
The second game started at 7:54 pm. It was a seven-inning shortened game that Louisville lost 4-1.
Louisville jumped out in the lead first, after Herrera hit his second long-ball of 2018.
Durham tapped Louisville starter Cody Reed for four runs in the top of the first. Joe McCarthy opened scoring with an RBI single. Hazelbaker plated across Jake Bauers on an RBI groundout; and Adam Moore singled across McCarthy to left.
After the long inning, Reed settled down nicely. He went five innings, and was able to strike out five. He also walked four. Domingo Tapia also pitched a one-hit inning.
Reed lost the game, Vidal Nuno won, and Hunter Wood received the save.
Louisville will travel to Norfolk Friday, for a weekend series. Robert Stephenson will take on the stellar Tim Melville. The game will be at 7:05 pm.