--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats opened a weekend series with the Buffalo Bisons on Friday, and won the opener 3-2, behind stellar pitching in come from behind fashion. It was one of the shortest games of the year, lasting only two hours and 13 minutes, and sent the 9,235 fans home happy.
Lucas Sims was rocked his last two starts, but was outstanding on Friday. He and pitched a quality start in the longest outing for a Louisville Bats pitcher this season. Sims pitched 7.2 innings, and surrendered just two runs (one earned) on three hits and no walks. He struck out six, and reduced his ERA to 4.13. Sims received the win.
Shortstop Bo Bichette hit a leadoff home run during the first at bat of the game. Then, in the second, Andy Burns drove in Jonathan Davis on a grounder to third.
Rob Refsnyder Put the Bats on the board with a RBI single to right, scoring Phillip Ervin.
In the fourth, Aristides Aquino tied the game on his 11th home run of the season- a massive solo shot to left field that went 417 feet.
Brian O’Grady gave Louisville the lead in the sixth. He hit a single on a liner to right, plating Christian Colon.
Buffalo starter, Ryan Feierabend, went five innings, and gave up all three runs, which were earned, on six hits and one walk, while striking out one. He received the loss, and his ERA decreased to 5.57.
Sal Romano came on and recorded the last run in the eighth, and retired the side in the ninth to close out the game for Louisville.
Louisville moves to 27-40. They look to win the series tomorrow at 6:30 pm. RHP Brad Markey (1-1, 9.00) takes on RHP Conor Fisk (1-3, 5.09).