Louisville pounds Bulls early, late in 12-8 demolition
The Louisville Bats are named after the iconic Louisville Slugger baseball bat, crafted by hometown company Hillerich & Bradsby, and play at Louisville Slugger Field.
After pounding double digit hits (16) and runs (12) for the second straight dayin a 12-8 win over visiting Durham, Bats might more appropriately refer to Louisville’s potent batting order.
Wednesday’s afternoon victory came on the heels of a 20-hit, 10-5 pasting of the Bulls on Tuesday and was the Bats’ third straight win in the four-game set. It sends the Bulls back to Durham Bulls Athletic Park Friday with a 5-5 record to show for a 10-game road trip that started 5-2.
The Bulls are off Thursay, June 19 for the first time since May 21. They open an eight-game homestand against Syracuse Friday at 7:05 p.m.
Much like Tuesday night’s 10-5 loss, Durham opened with an early lead (1-0 in the first) and quickly fell behind as starter Nathan Karns (3-4), like rehabbing Tampa Bay Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson Tuesday, recorded only eight outs and was knocked out after 2-2/3 innings.
Karns was reached for a run in the first and a pair in the second to trail 3-1, but the Bulls rallied for four in the top of the third inning to take a 5-3 lead. Karns couldn’t hold it, giving five runs right back in the bottom of the third to earn a trip to the showers.
Durham got one run back in the fifth and added a couple more in the eighth, but Louisville had tacked on four runs in the bottom of the sixth off Durham reliever Merrill Kelly that removed almost all doubt about the outcome.
The Bulls tried to rally late, but a bases-loaded double-play grounder by Cole Figueroa in the eighth killed the two-run rally and Bats’ closer Jumbo Diaz entered with the tying run in the Bulls’ on-deck circle in the ninth before picking up his 18th save.
A Brandon Guyer triple and a Figueroa sacrifice fly gave the Bulls their first run. Guyer, Figueroa, Justin Christian and Wilson Betemit each delivered RBI hits to get the Bulls back on top in the third.
Curt Casali’s RBI single plated Betemit in the fifth and the Bulls’ runs in the eighth scored on an RBI double by Ray Olmedo and Figueroa’s double-play ball.
NOTES — Game times for the Bulls’ upcoming homestand are 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 5:05 p.m. Sunday and 1:05 p.m. Monday against Syracuse and 7:05 p.m. Tuesday through Friday against Indianapolis. ... RHP Matt Andriese (6-3, 3.06) gets the start for Durham Friday against RHP Josh Roenicke (2-3, 4.60) for Syracuse. ... Louisville AAA rookie third baseman Juan Silverio had to have caught the attention of the parent Cincinnati Reds with his two-game debut for the Bats Tuesday and Wednesday. He was 8 for 9 in his first two Triple A games — an .889 average — before popping out to catcher Casali in his final at-bat Wednesday. That dropped his average to .800 (8 for 10). ... Rehabbing Rays outfielder Guyer, who was 2 for 3 Tuesday, went 4 for 4 with a walk for the Bulls on Wednesday with two triples. ... The Bulls (43-32) entered Wednesday’s game with the most wins in Triple A. ...
Durham Bulls (43-32) 8, Louisville Bats (38-36) 12
June 18, 2014
|Figueroa, C, SS||4||1||1||2||0||0||5||.311|
|Nix, J, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||1||.235|
|Kelly, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Olmedo 2 (6, Jurrjens, Partch), Christian (16, Jurrjens), Betemit (8, Russell, Ad).
3B: Guyer 2 (2, Jurrjens, Jurrjens).
TB: Casali; Betemit 3; Olmedo 4; Figueroa, C; Belnome; Guyer 8; Christian 2; Nix, J; Mahtook.
RBI: Figueroa, C 2 (27), Guyer (1), Christian (25), Betemit (34), Casali (9), Olmedo (14).
2-out RBI: Betemit; Casali.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Belnome; Christian 2; Olmedo; Casali.
SF: Figueroa, C.
GIDP: Figueroa, C.
Team RISP: 5-for-15.
Team LOB: 9.
|Navarro, R, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Perez, F, RF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.302|
|Lutz, D, LF||5||1||1||1||0||3||4||.170|
|Russell, Ad, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Freeman, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Diaz, J, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-Struck out for Perez, F in the 1st.|
2B: Negron 2 (11, Karns, Karns), Barnhart 2 (7, Kelly, M, Beliveau).
3B: Selsky (1, Karns).
TB: Neal; Selsky 4; Lutz, D; Negron 4; Barnhart 5; Iribarren; Bourgeois 3; Silverio 3.
RBI: Neal (19), Negron 4 (19), Selsky 2 (2), Lutz, D (6), Iribarren (10), Silverio (1), Barnhart (13).
2-out RBI: Negron 2; Iribarren; Silverio; Barnhart.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bourgeois; Gotay; Iribarren; Negron; Barnhart.
Team RISP: 7-for-21.
Team LOB: 7.
SB: Bourgeois 2 (10, 2nd base off Karns/Casali, 2nd base off Kelly, M/Casali).
DP: 2 (Neal, Navarro, R-Negron-Neal).
|Karns (L, 3-4)||2.2||8||8||8||1||3||0||5.58|
|Freeman, J (W, 1-0)||2.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Partch (H, 4)||1.1||4||2||2||1||0||0||4.70|
|Diaz, J (S, 18)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.35|
HBP: Casali (by Partch).
Pitches-strikes: Karns 68-42, Kelly, M 65-37, Beliveau 29-21, Lueke 18-12, Jurrjens 75-45, Russell, Ad 24-12, Freeman, J 20-15, Partch 25-11, Diaz, J 7-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Karns 3-1, Kelly, M 2-1, Beliveau 1-2, Lueke 0-0, Jurrjens 2-5, Russell, Ad 1-1, Freeman, J 1-1, Partch 1-1, Diaz, J 1-0.
Batters faced: Karns 17, Kelly, M 16, Beliveau 5, Lueke 5, Jurrjens 21, Russell, Ad 6, Freeman, J 6, Partch 9, Diaz, J 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Kelly, M 1-1, Beliveau 2-2, Diaz, J 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Travis Carlson. 1B: Jonathan Bailey. 3B: Jeff Gosney.
Weather: 84 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to RF.
Venue: Louisville Slugger Field.
June 18, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media