--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart began a rehab stint with the Louisville Bats on Thursday. He recorded one hit in three at bats in Louisville’s loss to Gwinnett.
Louisville’s oldest professional team was defeated 5-4, despite leading by three runs in the early innings.
Tejay Antone started for Louisville and struck out five batters in 6.1 innings. Antone allowed seven hits and four runs, all earned. His ERA increased to 5.55.
Aristides Aquino homered for the 25th time in the bottom of the second. It was on the first pitch of his first at bat. Then, Alex Blandino drove in Nick Longhi on a groundout to short.
Brian O’Grady’s 22nd double to right drove in Barnhart and gave Louisville a three-run lead.
Gwinnett cut Louisville’s lead to one in the fourth. Rafael Ortega homered for the 19th time, scoring himself and former Louisville product Adam Duvall.
Duvall drove in two runs; one in the fifth, and the other in the seventh. He grounded out to short and drove in starting pitcher Kyle Wright. Then, he singled to right, scoring Andres Blanco.
Wright threw six innings, and gave up three earned runs on seven hits and no walks. He struck out six batters.
In the eighth, Aristides Aquino put Louisville within one run on a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Chadwick Tromp.
Louisville welcomes Scranton-Wilkes Barre this weekend. In game one, RHP Keury Mella (6-10, 4.77) takes on RHP Deivi Garcia (1-0, 4.50). The game is at 7pm at Slugger Field.