August 4, 2017 - International League (IL) - Louisville Bats
LOUISVILLE, KY - The Louisville Bats (44-66) have been swept by the Toledo Mud Hens (49-59) following Thursday night's 7-3 loss at Louisville Slugger Field.
Rookie Davis made his fifth start with Louisville on Thursday, and his outing lasted five and one-third innings in which he surrendered four runs on seven hits. With his 104 pitches thrown, he walked two and struck out four.
The Bats immediately got busy in the bottom of the first inning when they put up a 2-0 lead that began with Darnell Sweeney drawing a leadoff walk. Tyler Goeddel then reached on an error, putting men on first and second for Sebastian Elizalde, who drove a two-RBI single to left.
Toledo cut it's deficit in half in the top of the second inning with the help of Bryan Holaday 's solo home run to left field.
The Mud Hens took the lead when they tacked on two runs in the third that started with Tyler Collins ' double that plated the tying run. Then, with runners on first and third, Toledo employed a double steal on a strikeout, and Collins was able to successfully steal home, giving the Mud Hens a 3-2 lead.
Two walks opened the fourth inning for the Bats, and with Brandon Dixon on third, Zach Vincej smacked a sacrifice fly to center, plating Dixon and evening the score at three.
Kody Eaves stormed into the top of the fifth inning with a leadoff triple, and a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield brought home the go-ahead run for the Mud Hens.
Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the eighth inning when the Mud Hens picked up three hits and two runs, extending their lead to 6-3. Toledo added another run in the top of the ninth, which came as an unearned run to Kyle McMyne .
The Bats loaded the bases in the ninth, but failed to produce, allowing Toledo to complete the series sweep.
The Louisville Bats will open a three-game series with the Indianapolis Indians on Friday evening at 7:05 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field. Left-hander Cody Reed (4-6, 3.78 ERA) is slated to start for the Bats, and righty Nick Kingham (5-6, 5.42 ERA) will get the ball for Indianapolis.