offense thunders, bats down chiefs, tie series
By Mike Gilpatrick
April 21st, 2018
April 21st, 2018
For the first time in the season, Louisville Slugger Field had a mostly sold-out crowd. The home team made it fun for them.
The Louisville Bats tied their first series against the Syracuse Chiefs, by defeating the Washington Nationals Triple-A affiliate 8-5. Shortstop Blake Trahan led the run scoring, recording two RBIs. Six other players batted runners in.
Jackson Stephens started the game, and gave Louisville five innings of six-hit, three-run baseball. He threw 81 pitches, 53 of which in the zone. Stephens also walked three and struck out four. He lowered his ERA to 7.62.
Edwin Jackson, long-time major leaguer and journeyman, played for 12 teams in his major-league career. He started the game for Syracuse, and did not have his best outing. Jackson pitched 2.2 innings, and gave up five runs, all earned, on six hits, two walks, and two strikeouts.
The Bats wasted no time scoring. Second baseman Rosell Herrera hit a bullet line drive to right field, that went for an RBI triple that scored third baseman Nick Senzel. Then, Herrera went home via an RBI groundout by first baseman Patrick Kivlehan.
Left fielder Tyler Goeddel drove in Louisville’s next run in the bottom of the second. He grounded out to shortstop Bengie Gonzalez; and scored catcher Tony Cruz from third.
Syracyse got one back in the top of the third. Rafael Bautista drilled an RBI triple over right fielder Brandon Dixon’s head, scoring Bengie Gonzalez.
Louisville got the run back in the bottom of the inning. Cruz singled to center, scoring Kivlehan. Then, shortstop Blake Trahan looped a single into right-center field, scoring center fielder Mason Williams from third. The hit knocked Edwin Jackson out of the game. At the end of three, Louisville led 5-1.
Syracuse added one in the top of the fourth. Tuffy Gosewisch singled to right, scoring Alejandro De Aza. The Chiefs tacked on another in the fifth, on an RBI double from Jose Marmolejos to right field. The play scored Rafael Bautista.
Chiefs third baseman Adrian Sanchez tied the game in the seventh, with a two-run home run out of left field. It scored Gonzalez as well, tying the game at 5 heading into the final two frames.
Dixon un-tied the game with an RBI single to center in the bottom half of the seventh. He hit a ball down and out in he zone, to score Kivlehan. The run was unearned, due to a throwing error earlier in the inning. Trahan then ripped a double down the left field line, scoring Tony Cruz. Then, Sebastian Elizalde pinch-hit for the pitcher, and ripped a double, scoring another runner.
In total, the Bats scored three runs scored in the seventh. It was the last frame where a run would be scored. Tanner Rainey came on in the ninth inning to strike out Sanchez, and put the win in the books. Zach Neal recorded the win, and Wander Suero recorded the loss.
The 14,658 attendance broke the previous Louisville Bats attendance record. The previous record was set on April 23rd, 2016.
Louisville moves to 5-7, and will look to win the series against Syracuse tomorrow. The game will be at Louisville Slugger Field, at 2pm.