--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo also by Mike Gilpatrick
The Louisville Bats looked to tie up the series against Indianapolis Saturday; with a starter on the mound that pitched well against the Tribe, and facing a starter that had struggled mightily this season.
In true baseball fashion, the struggling starter looked like an ace, and Louisville’s starter had a rough outing. The Bats were defeated 7-0.
Entering the game, Jesus Reyes owned a 0.79 ERA against Indianapolis (1 earned run in 11 innings). He also had a 1.61 ERA as a starter in 22.1 innings. The four he gave up were against Columbus on the 19th.
Reyes was shelled in the second inning. He surrendered a single in the first, but nothing else. When he left in the second, with no outs, Reyes surrendered seven runs, all earned, on eight hits and two walks. He only struck out one batter.
It was the only inning where either team scored. Christian Kelly opened scoring with his ninth double of the year. It scored two runs. Then, starting pitcher Brandon Waddell hit an RBI single to left, scoring another run. Cole Tucker drove in another run on a double to left. Jake Elmore singled to center, plating Waddell. Ke’Bryan Hayes scored one run on a grounder to center. Then, Kevin Kramer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Sound like a long inning? It was. Extremely.
Waddell entered the game with a 2-6 record and 9.59 ERA. He allowed 5 earned runs in 4.1 innings pitched against Louisville this season. Waddell also looked like an ace- pitching six innings, giving up zero runs, three hits, walking three, and striking out seven. It was arguably his best start this season.
Louisville’s record is now 53-78. They are 7-13 against Indianapolis this season, with three games left. They look to avoid the sweep tomorrow, in Louisville. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (4-11, 6.48) takes the mound for Louisville. Indianapolis hasn’t named a starter. The game is at 2:00 pm at Louisville Slugger Field.