--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Mike Gilpatrick
The Louisville Bats and Indianapolis Indians will face each other a lot for the remainder of the season. Entering Friday’s game, the two teams will meet 5 out of their last 11. Friday’s game was also the first matchup since before the All-Star break.
Louisville got off to a slow lead, and lost to Indianapolis 5-2. They did help the Indians set a season-high 15 runners left on base; in front of a crowd of 11,308.
Keury Mella started the game for the Bats, and did not have a good outing. The right-hander only went 4.2 innings, and surrendered four runs, all earned, on nine hits and three walks. Mella struck out six Indians on 106 pitches. He received the loss. Mella’s record is 8-13.
Indianapolis jumped out to a two-run lead in the bottom of the first. Will Craig plated Cole Tucker on a sacrifice fly to Rob Refsnyder in right field. Then, Trayvon Robinson hit a sharp single to left, plating Jake Elmore. It was the last play of the inning, because Narciso Crook cut down Kevin Kramer at third.
Craig added another run on a single to right in the bottom of the third. Then, in the fourth, Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a sharp ground ball single to center, sending Indianapolis starter James Marvel home.
Louisville cut Indianapolis’ lead in half in the top of the fifth. Nick Longhi grounded out to short, sending Refsnyder home for the Bats’ first run. Then, Ryan Lavarnway singled on a liner to Kramer in left, sending Alex Blandino to the plate.
Jackson Stephens walked a run in with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. Stephens threw 1.1 innings, and gave up two hits; while striking out all four of his recorded outs.
James Marvel started for Indianapolis, and had a good outing. The right-hander threw seven innings, and surrendered two runs, both earned, on six hits and no walks. Marvel stuck out six Bats in the win. His record moved to 5-0.
The Bats move to 53-77. They will play game two of the split-city series tomorrow at 7:05 in Indianapolis. RHP Jesus Reyes (1-4, 4.50) takes on LHP Brandon Waddell (2-6, 9.50).