First Road Sweep of Season Shows
Positive Signs for Bats
June 17, 2018
June 17, 2018
A trip to Toledo wound up to be a solid weekend for the Louisville Bats (25-40) whole claimed their first road series of the season. They defeated the Mud Hens (40-28) two games in a three-game set.
Game One: Bats 5, Mud Hens 2
Jose Lopez (3-6) threw a solid seven innings on the mound. The Reds' Top 25 prospect pitched a shutout while giving up four hits and one walk while striking out two.
The Bats scored in the first inning when double-maestro and the Reds' top prospect Nick Senzel hit his 11th of the season. He was brought in by Gabriel Guerrero's single. DJ Peterson followed with an rbi-double to make the lead 2-0.
A pair of walks and a Peterson single loaded the bases in the third inning. Dilson Herrera crossed the plate on a passed ball before Phillip Ervin's sacrifice fly scored Guerrero.
Peterson's third hit of the night scored Blake Trahan to give the Bats a 5-0 lead in the sixth inning.
Toledo rallied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth, but could not complete the comeback.
Game Two: Mud Hens 7, Bats 4
Senzel started his first career game at shortstop as the Bats couldn't overcome the hot offense by Toldeo.
The Mud Hens raced out to a 4-0 lead, forcing Louisville to play catch-up. A three run shot by Senzel also scored Joe Hudson and Blake Trahan to bring the Bats within one. It was Senzel's fourth home run of the season.
A duo of home runs in the fifth extended Toldedo's lead to 7-3 and ended Brandon Finnegan's night. Finnegan (2-5) allowed seven runs on seven hits with four walks and five strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Ervin doubled in the eighth inning and scored on a throwing error by the Toldeo third baseman on Trahan's grounder.
Senzel and Josh VanMeter each had mutli-hit games in the loss.
Game Three: Bats 8, Mud Hens 3
The Bats claimed the rubber match after a hot first half of game play. Louisville scored all eight of their runs between the second and fourth innings, with six coming in the second,
Cody Reed (1-5) claimed his first win of the season while nearly silencing the Mud Hens over seven innings. The lefty allowed one run on eight hits and struck out four.
Guerrero snuck in a home run to put the Bats on the board. A trio of singles continued the inning. Chadwick Tromp, who went three-for-three, singled to score Peterson. Trahan's perfectly placed bunt extended the lead before Senzel doubled to drive in another run. Guerrero returned to the plate later in the inning to send a two-run single to right field to push the lead to 6-0.
Selsky went yard in the third inning to add a run to the ever-growing lead for the Bats.
In the fourth inning, Guerrero doubled and was brought in by Peterson's single to cap the run total for the night.
The Bats eased off the gas and cruised the remainder of the game where they allowed a run in the seventh and two runs in the ninth.
Guerrero finished a triple shy of the cycle.
The Bats brought themselves three games within the Syracuse Chiefs (29-38), who is second-to-last in the league.
Claiming the series over Toledo was the first road series victory and came against the top team in the International League.
Robert Stephenson (5-5) is set to take the mound for the Bats Tuesday night.
Nick Senzel has 12 doubles on the season and is tied with Brandon Dixon (currently with the Reds) and two behind DJ Peterson.
DJ Peterson and Mason Williams are tied with the most hits for the Bats with 52.
Steve Selsky leads the Bats with six home runs, with DJ Peterson at five, and a plethora of players with three or four.
Louisville returns home to Louisville Slugger Field on Tuesday night to face the International League South-leading Durham Bulls (37-30). The Bats split the series 2-2 against the Bulls in late May at home.