--By Mike Gilpatrick
--File Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats took game one against Tim Tebow and the Syracuse Mets.
Tebow, 2007 Heisman trophy winner and Florida’s former quarterback; decided to play baseball in early August 2016. He found a club, the Mets, and climbed through the minor-league ranks. As a 31 year-old, he found himself in Triple-A, and at Louisville Slugger Field.
The quarterback- or left fielder, finished 0 for 3 with one strikeout. He and the rest of the Mets lost 3-1. It was a quick game that lasted only 1 hour and 59 minutes.
Lucas Sims was efficient. He threw 94 pitches over seven innings. Sims allowed three hits and one earned run, and walked two batters. He struck out seven batters. He also reduced his earned run average from 5.46 to 4.45.
Louisville catcher Juan Graterol tripled on a line drive to right, and drove in Rob Refsnyder for the Bats first run. It was a rare triple for the catcher, and his first of the year.
In the fourth, the Bats scored two more runs. First, Phillip Ervin hit his third double of the year to Tebow in left. Chrisitan Colon scored. Then, Refsnyder hit his seventh double to center. Ervin scored on the play.
After the fifth inning, Syracuse starting pitcher Chris Mazza was pulled. Mazza threw 62 pitches, and gave up three runs, all earned, on six hits and no walks. He struck out three Bats. His ERA raised from 4.50 to 4.91.
Two-time MLB all-star Carlos Gomez hit a deep home run in the top of the seventh inning. He turned a 1-2 curveball into a tank to left field.
Sims received the win, Mazza the loss, and Anthony Bass recorded his seventh save. Sal Romano was the other Louisville pitcher.
The Bats move to 14-18. They will take on the Mets at 11am tomorrow for game two. RHP Keury Mella (1-2, 5.46) goes up against LHP Hector Santiago (1-1, 4.20).