--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Images by Jared Anderson
Baseball is a streaky game. Two days ago, the Louisville Bats were on a nine-game winning streak.
Today, they’re on a two-game losing streak.
The Bats, throwing it back to the Colonels; lost to Rochester 5-3. The bullpen had to piece together an entire game, due to probably starter Keury Mella’s call-up to Cincinnati.
Zack Weiss, Jesus Reyes, Domingo Tapia, Brandon Finnegan, Evan Mitchell, Tanner Rainey and Kevin Quackenbush all threw in the game.
Reyes was the most impressive hurler in the Louisville Colonels uniform. He threw 3.1 innings; and shut out the Red Wings while striking out four and walking one. He also allowed one hit. He was handed the ball with two outs in the first.
The reason: Rochester tabbed Weiss for three runs to begin the game. First, former 1st-round pick Byron Buxton hit a solo home run on the second pitch of the game to left. Then, Andy Wilkins singled to right; scoring Willians Astudillo and LaMonte Wade.
Louisville did claw most of the way back in the second. Blake Trahan singled the first run in; on a hit to left. Then, Morgan Lofstrom hit a line drive single; also to left.
Astudillo put across Rochester’s next run; on a single off Domingo Tapia. The play scored Buxton.
Then, Nick Gordon shattered his bat on a soft infield single to score Jordan Pacheco from third. The run was credited to Finnegan, and was the lefty’s last run.
After Finnegan left, an apparent verbal altercation between Finnegan and home plate umpire Ried Gibbs from the dugout led to the pitcher’s ejection.
Scott Schebler hit an RBI ground-rule double to left; scoring Blake Trahan in the bottom of the seventh.
Louisville moves to 44-57. They take on the Red Wings tomorrow at 6:30. LHP Cody Reed (2-8, 4.54) toes the rubber for Louisville. Rochester has not listed a starter.