BALANCED BATS KNOCK OFF TOLEDO, 5-2
The Louisville Bats scored four times in the third inning and beat Toledo 5-2 on a cold Tuesday night.
The Bats improved to 6-5 on the season despite being out-hit 12-6 by the Mud Hens, who are now 4-8.
Six different Bats had hits, five scored a run and five knocked in a run in the victory.
Jason Bourgeois started the third-inning rally with a one-out single and a stolen base. Ruben Gotay was walked before Chris Nelson’s RBI single plated Bourgeois and gave Louisville a 1-0 lead.
Max Ramirez singled to load the bases with one out and Felix Perez knocked in Gotay with a single. Mike Wilson gave the Bats their fourth single of the inning to plate Nelson and Mike Costanzo hit a sacrifice fly to score Ramirez for a 4-0 Bats lead.
After Toledo scored single runs in the fifth and sixth, Louisville added a run in the eighth when pinch hitter Kristopher Negron scored on an Argenis Diaz single. Like the third inning, the Bats left the bases loaded.
Reds’ reliever Sean Marshall opened the game and gave up one hit in the first inning before departing. Josh Smith (2-0) relieved Marshall and picked up the victory by going 4 2/3, distributing seven hits and a pair of earned runs. Jumbo Diaz earned his third save despite surrendering two hits.
The Bats host rival Indianapolis for three games starting at 6:35 today.
— News and Tribune