--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
A former Bats pitcher was down in Louisville on a rehab assignment. Robert Stephenson was a part of the Louisville Bats since 2015, and went back to Louisville recovering from a cervical strain suffered on May 31st.
Stephenson threw an inning, but the Bats lost to the Pawtucket Red Sox, 3-2.
Keury Mella (4-5, 4.83) gave up four runs in six innings against Indianapolis his last start. Tuesday’s outing was marginally better- on one hand, he only allowed two earned runs; but on the other, he walked six batters. Mella allowed six hits and struck out one. Mella’s ERA is 4.74.
Rusney Castillo singled in the top of the second for Pawtucket’s first run. He ripped a single to left, and scored Josh Ockimey.
Louisville scored two in the bottom of the third. Phillip Ervin doubled for the seventh time this season on a fly ball to left, plating second baseman Alberti Chavez and Alex Blandino.
Tzu-Wei Lin doubled in the fifth to tie the game. The run was scored by Gorkys Hernandez.
In the sixth, Pawtucket starter Teddy Stankiewicz (3-4, 4.46) was pulled from the game. Stankiewicz threw 5.1 innings of two-run baseball, allowing seven hits and six strikeouts. His ERA lowered to 4.34.
Robert Stephenson came on in the seventh to throw 23 pitches. He surrendered a hit, a walk, and struck out two Red Sox.
Louisville had life in the bottom of the ninth. They loaded the bases with one out, but Brian O'Grady struck out on a swinging strike on a 2-2 count to end the game.
The Louisville Bats move to 25-39. They look to even the series against the Red Sox tomorrow. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (2-4, 7.64) takes on RHP Ryan Weber (1-1, 5.04). The game is at noon.