--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
If you liked offense, you should have been in Louisville. Pitching went out of the window.
The Louisville Bats and Norfolk Tides combined for them most runs in Slugger Field history. Unfortunately, the Bats were on the losing side, and lost 16-14.
Lucas Sims had a rough outing. There is no way to re-phrase it. He only threw 1.1 innings, and was ringed for eight runs, six earned, on five hits and three walks. He only struck out one batter. It was very uncharacteristic from the rest of the starts he made this year.
Sims gave up his first run in the first inning. Anthony Santander banked an RBI double to right, scoring Cedric Mullins.
Josh VanMeter hit his seventh home run of 2019 in the bottom of the inning, to deep right field. The home run gave VanMeter the Reds organizational home run lead. He was tied with Reds outfielder Jesse Winker before the home run.
Norfolk scored seven runs in the second. First, Christopher Bostick hit a three-run home run to right. Then, Santander deposited a double to right, scoring two. Jace Peterson hit a ground-rule double, and scored the final two runs of the inning.
Louisville responded with five runs in the second. Cortney Hawkins hit a two run double to right-center. Then, Christian Colon singled in Blake Trahan and Sherman Johnson. Josh VanMeter reached home on an RBI single from Rob Refsnyder.
Jack Reinheimer hit an RBI single to left, and gave Norfolk a three-run lead.
DJ Stewart and Austin Wynns both notced RBIs in the top of the fourth, and expanded Norfolk’s lead to five.
Johnson cut the Louisville deficit to two with his second home run of 2019. He hit a ball 379 feet to right, plating Stuart Turner.
Then, VanMeter hit his eighth Van-Dinger of the season, scoring Nick Senzel; and tying the game.
Bostick gave the lead back to Norfolk on a single and error. Two runs scored. Johnson committed an error on an infield single, and two more runs scored.
Peterson led off the top of the seventh with a home run to straightaway center field.
Johnson hit a deep home run in the bottom of the ninth to break the Slugger Field scoring record, and put the game at 16-14.
The Bats move to 8-14. RHP Keury Mella (1-1, 5.06) starts for the Bats. The opposing starter has not been named.