--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Images by Jared Anderson
Cody Reed went deep for the Louisville Bats, as the top farm club of the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Norfolk Tides, 5-1. The Bats took the series, after being swept by the Orioles Triple-A affiliate twice this season.
Mason Williams led the game for Louisville with a leadoff home run to right. It was his fourth of the season.
Norfolk came right back with a home run of their own, after Chance Sisco hit his first long shot of 2018.
The game remained tied until DJ Peterson launched a deep shot to left field in the seventh inning, for his seventh home run of 2018.
Then, Louisville added three in the bottom of the seventh. Steve Selsky recorded the first RBI, on a ground-ball single up the middle, letting Williams come home. Peterson scored Selsky and Gabriel Guerrero, after he hit his 15th double of the season.
Overall, Reed went seven innings of five-hit baseball. The solo shot was the only homer surrendered. Reed walked three, while striking out six, and lowering his ERA to 3.92. He also earned his second win of the season.
Reed lasted longer than his competition, Yefry Ramirez. Ramirez went 6.1 innings, and gave up two runs, both earned, on seven hits and one walk.
Louisville is now two-games under .500 in the friendly confines of Louisville Slugger Field. It was their first series win against Norfolk since May of 2016. The Bats travel to Columbus, to take on the Clippers. Robert Stephenson (5-6, 3.91) looks to get to .500 for the season. Columbus has yet to announce a starter.
Mike Gilpatrick is the editor-in-chief and senior Bats correspondent for River City Cards