July 3, 2013 - International League (IL) - Louisville Bats
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Strong starting pitching was not hard to come by as the Louisville Bats (42-44) fell 4-1 to the Indianapolis Indians (56-31) on Tuesday night. The six-game series between the two sides is now tied 2-2.
An excellent outing from Indianapolis starter Stolmy Pimentel (W, 1-1) stymied the Bats for seven innings. He only allowed one run on two hits while not walking a batter and striking out two.
Chad Reineke (L, 7-5) ran up his pitch count early, but still turned in his fourth straight quality start on Tuesday evening for the Bats. In six innings of work, he allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks while tying a season-high seven strikeouts.
Denis Phipps was responsible for the Bats' only run with his 5th homer of the season, and Indians center fielder Alex Presley led the way for the Tribe with a 3-5 night at the plate that included two RBIs.
The game was a back-and-forth affair early before both starters settled in, but the Indians would tack on two runs late to seal the victory at Louisville Slugger Field. Indianapolis still holds the best record in professional baseball.
The Indians didn't waste time getting runs on the board, as lead-off man Chase d'Arnaud doubled to start the game. After d'Arnaud stole third, Presley singled to left to give Indianapolis a 1-0 lead after the first.
In the second, Phipps had an answer for the Bats when he blasted a solo home run to center field to even the score, 1-1. The home run was his fifth of the season.
Runs crossed the plate for a third straight inning when Indianapolis got back at it in the top of the third. Presley's second hit of the night occurred with one out. After Matt Hague walked to advance Presley to second, Jared Goedert singled in another run to get the Indians' lead back at 2-1.
Tony Sanchez doubled to lead off the eighth inning for the Indians. Later in the inning, pinch hitter Felix Pie singled to drive in Sanchez and extend the Indianapolis lead to 3-1. Pie stole second and third for his 28th and 29th stolen bases of the season and would come around to score on Presley's second RBI hit of the night, making the final score 4-1.
Tomorrow night is Zambelli fireworks night at Louisville Slugger Field, and first pitch is scheduled for 6:45. Game five of the current six-game series between the Indians and the Bats will feature Louisville RHP Yohan Pino (2-5, 3.81) and Indianapolis RHP Graham Godfrey (6-4, 5.04).