--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Images by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats turned the calendar on a 14-13 month of June, and opened the month of July with a loss to the 43-37 Indianapolis Indians, 7-1. Brandon Finnegan had a horrendous eighth inning; that was the difference in the game.
Rain delayed the start. Originally slated for 7; a short, but violent storm delayed the game until 8:23 pm. Rain puddled heavily in left field; and took the grounds-crew a while to get the field ready.
When the game started, Jose Lopez was phenomenal. The right-hander went six innings, and surrendered just one run, earned, on three hits and four walks. He struck out six; and reduced his ERA to under five.
Louisville scored first. Gabriel Guerrero, the nephew of MLB hall-of-famer Vlad Guerrero, tripled to deep center field, plating across Dilson Herrera. The run was scored in the first inning.
Indianapolis tied the game in the top of the third. Kevin Newman touched the plate when Adam Frazier hit a sacrifice fly deep enough to left to score the run.
The Bats threatened next in the bottom of the sixth. They had runners on the corners with two outs, and pushed Indy starter Alex McRae out of the game.
McRae went 5.2 innings, and surrendered one run on seven hits and two walks. He struck out five.
Louisville popped up to end the sixth inning.
Finnegan's eighth went like this: Wyatt Mathisen singled on a grounder to left; sending home Jordan Luplow and Kevin Kramer. Then, Eric Wood doubled to center, putting across Ryan Lavarnway and Mathisen. Finally, a loud fan got his wish, and Sean Rodriguez doubled across two runs to left.
Finnegan allowed six runs, three of which were earned, and recorded the loss.
Louisville moves to 32-47 with the loss. They play tomorrow at 6:45 pm. RHP Homer Bailey (0-2, 8.44) takes on RHP JT Brubaker (4-2, 3.66).
Also before the game is the first Louisville Bats Media Hot Dog Eating Contest. RCC's own Seth Spalding will take on local media personalities such as Nick Valvano (ESPN Louisville), John Boel (WAVE3), Joe Federle (WHAS11), Jay Cardosi (WLKY), Michon Lindstrom (Spectrum), Kenzie Winstead (Courier-Journal), and Alex Mayer (Bats media relations). One fan will also compete. The contest is at 6.
Mike Gilpatrick is the editor-in-chief, and senior Bats correspondent for River City Cards