--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats broke their streak of one-run decided contests. Unfortunately, it was in a 5-2 loss to the Indianapolis Indians in a 2 hour, 11-minute game that ended in a rain delay in the top of the eighth inning.
Keury Mella didn’t pitch as well as he did against Norfolk. The right hander (4-4, 4.71) threw 103 pitches over six innings, and surrendered four earned runs on eight hits and two walks, while not recording a strikeout.
Mella still lasted longer than his competition, who had a better night. Luis Escobar (0-0, 2.51) threw five innings, and gave up just one earned run on a home run, on two hits and three walks. He struck out one.
Scott Schebler hit his second home run in Triple-A on the first pitch of the game. It was the first time a Louisville Bat leadoff hitter had homered to lead off the game this season.
Pablo Reyes countered with a home run of his own in the top of the second.
The Tribe broke the tie in the fourth. Jake Elmore singled to left, plating Reyes and Will Craig.
Corey Dickerson added to the lead. In the fifth, he sacrificed to left field on a fly ball, plating Jason Martin. Then, in the seventh, he scored Martin again on a single to right.
Indians pitcher Yefry Ramirez threw a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh, and allowed Nick Longhi to score.
Right as the Bats were warming up to take the field in the top of the eighth, rain and lightning led to the ground crew coming out, and putting the tarp on the field. The game was not resumed.
Louisville moves to 24-35. They hit the road, and will face off against Charlotte. Game one is scheduled for Thursday at 7:04pm. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (2-4, 7.64) takes on former Louisville Bat LHP Justin Nicolino (2-0, 3.99).