-- By Jared Anderson
--Photos by Jared Anderson
The return home to Louisville was a cold one for the Bats, who fell to Durham in the series opener, 6-2. Nick Senzel's return to baseball following a season-ending injury last year was one of the few bright spots on the night.
Senzel, who led off for the Bats and played center field started the game with a base hit, but went 0-3 the rest of the evening. The Reds top prospect spent the entire game in the field and saw a fair amount of action off of a Durham team that recorded 11 hits.
Durham was on the board just two batters into the game. Jake Cronenworth walked and advanced to second on an error on the pick-off attempt. Kean Wong followed with a line drive up the middle to plate Cronenworth. A single to left field later in the inning by Michael Brosseau drove in Wong.
The Bulls doubled the lead with a pair of runs in the second. Emilio Bonifacio doubled with one out and was followed by a walk by Cronenworth Wong's doubled scored Bonifacio. Nate Lowe's sacrifice fly to left field drove in Cronenworth.
Louisville got on the board in the bottom of the third inning. Blake Trahan singled and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Josh VanMeter singled up the middle to send Trahan home.
Wong beat out a throw by Blake Trahan in the fifth inning before stealing second. Christian Arroyo doubled to deep right field after Courtney Hawkins misplayed the ball, scoring Wong.
Wong reached base on a fielder's choice in the seventh inning before rounding the bases to score on Brosseau's triple.
Colon led off the bottom of the eighth with a walk and advanced to third on Juan Graterol's double. Rob Refsnyder was a few feet short of a home run to near dead center, but his sacrifice fly was enough to drive in Colon.
Durham furthered their lead with a trio of runs in the ninth. Bonifacio singled and Wong walked. Lowe's double plated Bonifacio. Brosseau's single up the middle sent Wong and Lowe home.
Vladimir Guiterrez got the start on the mound, but managed just five innings after getting his pitch count up to 83. The righty surrendered five runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks.
Ian Krol, Sal Romano, and Jesus Reyes combined for the final three innings. The trio gave up four runs on five hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
Louisville and Durham will face off in the second game of the series tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.