Bats Drop Rain Shortened Game to Bisons, 12-2
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Bats (27-42) were defeated by the Buffalo Bisons (32-35) by a 12-2 score at Louisville Slugger Field. Aristides Aquino extended his hit streak to 20 games with an RBI single, becoming the third all-time Louisville player to have a hit streak of 20 or more games.
The Bats got on the board first in the first inning. Alex Blandino started the inning off with a walk, Christian Colon followed with a double, and then a single from Aquino scored Blandino.
The Bisons countered that Louisville run with two of their own in the top of the third. Michael De La Cruz singled to start the inning, Roemon Fields walked, and Jonathan Davis was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Sacrates Brito followed with a double with the bases loaded to score two. The Bisons piled it on in the inning to go up 7-1.
Buffalo extended their lead in the fifth inning when Patterson hit his second home run of the game to score himself and Kivlehan with two outs. In the sixth, Bo Bichette got hit by a pitch and then threw wild pitches from Tristan Archer scored him to put the Bisons up 10-1.
In the seventh inning, Kivlehan, Urena, and Burns hit three straight singles and then a sac fly from Petterson scored Kivlehan. De La Cruz followed with a double to score Urena and Burns to extend Buffalo's lead to 11. Louisville put their second run on the board in the seventh inning, with Alberti Chavez and Blandino hitting back to back singles, and Chavez scoring on a Colon sac fly.
The score remained at 12-2 through the eighth inning when the game was called due to rain. The win went to Buffalo pitcher David Paulino (1-1, 3.45) who pitched 5.0 innings giving up one run on four hits, walking one and striking out six. Keury Mella (4-6, 4.94) got the loss pitching 2.2 innings giving up seven runs on four hits, walking two and striking out two.
Louisville heads to face the Gwinnett Stripers, Triple-A affiliate to the Atlanta Braves, on Tuesday with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m. at Coolray Field. Right hander Vladimir Gutierrez (2-5, 8.01) is set to pitch for the Bats and face off against left hander Kolby Allard (5-3, 3.88) for the Stripers.
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