--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats, and Lucas Sims, returned to Slugger Field on Monday. The Bats opened a three game homestand, and were defeated in extra innings, 7-6.
Sims, who pitched a very good start for the Cincinnati Reds on May 28th, had a rough outing. He pitched 5.1 innings, but surrendered five runs, all earned, on six hits and two walks. Sims struck out two and surrendered one home run. His ERA jumped from 4.04 to 4.53 in the no-decision.
The Bats led in the bottom of the first. Rob Refsnyder hit his 11th double of the season on a 3-0 count to left. Brian O’Grady scored on the play.
After that, the Indians took over. JB Shuck hit a three-run home run deep to right in the second. Then, in the sixth, Kevin Kramer hit double No. 15 on a liner to left, adding another run. Shuck also added an RBI single in the inning.
The Bats tied the game in the sixth. Refsnyder flew a ball deep enough to center, allowing Sherman Johnson to score. Then, Phillip Ervin singled to center, scoring O’Grady. Juan Graterol tied the game on a line drive double to left.
The long sixth led to the exit of Indians starter Eduardo Vera. The right-hander gave up five runs, all earned, on seven hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. His ERA bloated from 4.61 to 6.56.
Christian Colon hit a moonshot in the seventh. His fourth home run came on a 1-1 count, and went deep to left field. It gave the Bats a 6-5 lead.
Indianapolis tied the game in the ninth inning. Jake Elmore doubled to center and scored Pablo Reyes. They gained the lead in the top of the 10th. Jason Martin hit a double up the middle, plating the automatic runner.
The Bats move to 23-34. They’ll take on the Indians at 7pm. RHP Brad Markey (NR with Louisville) makes his debut against RHP Dario Agrazal (3-1, 2.17).