--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats returned to Slugger Field on Wednesday, facing a familiar foe to the city of Louisville: Kyle Funkhouser.
Funkhouser was a pitcher for the Louisville Cardinals from 2013-2016, and a member of the 2013-14 College World Series team. Funk was selected in the first round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft, came back to Louisville, and was drafted in the fourth round by the Detroit Tigers.
He dominated the Louisville Bats, as the top farm club of the Tigers blew out the Bats 13-0. It was in front of the second-largest crowd of the season (12,171).
Funkhouser pitched six innings, and gave up just three hits and one wal. He struck out three in his return to the city. His ERA lowered from 8.03 to 6.46.
Brad Markey started for the Bats, and was rocked for eight runs, all earned. He allowed 11 hits, though did not walk a single batter. Markey only struck out one batter.
Toledo put up five runs in the second. Jake Rogers singled on a line drive to left for an RBI single. Then, Pete Kozma hit double No. 6 for two more runs. Dawel Lugo plated Kozma on a single to center.
Then, in the fourth, the Mud Hens added three more. Kozma had an RBI single to center field, Victor Reyes plated another run on a single to left. Mikie Mahtook plated one more run on a sacrifice fly.
Kozma kicked off another three run inning in the fifth. He hit his seventh double of the season to right. Then, Lugo hit a single to left. Willi Castro scored the third run on a sacrifice.
Rogers added a run in the sixth. He singled to left to plate Mahtook.
Daz Cameron hit his fourth hit, which was a solo shot, in the top of the ninth. It gave Toledo the baker’s dozen.
Louisville moves to 28-50. They take on the Mud Hens tomorrow at 7. LHP Eric Stout (0-1, 8.10) goes up against Drew VerHagen (3-2, 2.38). It is the final game in the two-game series.