--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
Kevin Quackenbush and Mason Williams were honored before the Louisville Bats played Toledo. They, along with Tanner Rainey, were Louisville's representatives in the 2018 Triple-A all-star game.
Unfortunately for the Bats, a late rally and miscues put Toledo ahead; and the Bats lost 5-2.
Louisville starter Jose Lopez had a good outing. He allowed just one hard hit through the first five innings; which left the park. Aside from that, he went seven innings, and gave up two runs, only one of which were earned, on five hits, and one walk. He also struck out three.
The hard hit went to Mike Gerber in the top of the second inning. He belted a ball deep to right, which was assisted by the wind. It gave Toledo the 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the frame.
Dawel Lugo was responsible for Toledo's next run, in the third. It was a sacrifice fly, but was unearned. The runner advanced to third on an error earlier in the inning.
Phillip Ervin tied the game for Louisville in the fifth inning. He hit a line-drive single to center field off Turner; scoring two runs with one out in the inning.
Former Tigers top prospect and Mud Hens starter Jacob Turner left the game after the sixth. In his six innings of work, he surrendered two runs, both earned, on five hits and two walks, while striking out two.
Lugo hit another sacrifice fly in the top of the eighth to break the tie. Then, an error by first baseman Nick Longhi allowed Toledo's next run to score. Next, Herlis Rodriguez tripled to right to score the Mud Hens final run off Zack Weiss.
Louisville moves to 34-50. The Bats have one game left before the All-Star break. RHP Keury Mella (NR) takes on RHP Kyle Dowdy (5-3, 4.03). It will be Mella's Triple-A debut. The game will be at 2:00 pm at Louisville Slugger Field.