Dixon Homers, But Bats Fall to Charlotte
April 23, 2018
April 23, 2018
Brandon Dixon homered in the eighth inning, but the Louisville Bats could not rally in a 5-3 loss to the Charlotte Knights on Monday evening. The loss drops the Bats to 5-9 on the season.
Charlotte was quick to score after loading the bases after an error, walk, and base hit. Justin Nicolino (1-1) then walked Patrick Leonard to give the Knights an early lead, Nicolino worked his way out of the inning with a fly out and ground out.
The Bats got on the board in the second when Sebastian Elizalde crossed the plate on a wild pitch. Earlier in the inning Elizalde doubled down the right field line and advanced to second on a fielder's choice.
The fourth inning wound up being the killer for the Bats when Charlotte posted three runs in the top half of the inning. Leonard led off with a solo home run to left-center. A combination of hits by Alfredo Gonzalez, Eddy Alvarez, and Jacob May and a sac fly by Jake Elmore drove home two more runs.
Louisville got a run back when Elizalde walked and made his way around the bases on a hit by Patrick Kivelhan and a ground out fielder's choice by Tony Cruz.
Back-to-back doubles by Jason May and Jose Rondon gave the Knights insurance in the sixth.
Dixon stepped up to the plate with one out in the eighth inning before belting his first home run of the season 425 feet to dead center. The rally ended with Dixon as the Bats could not muster up any more runs after that.
Nicolino pitched four innings, giving up four runs, three earned. He walked three while striking out three. Ben Rowen, David Hernandez, Evan Mitchell, and Zach Neal combined for one run on two hits over five innings while striking out five and walking two.
Louisville managed nine hits on the night, but stranded seven runners on base. Defensively, Rosell Herrera struggled at third base and committed three errors.
The Bats hope to even the series tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m.