Bats Drop Series Opener to Pawtucket, 2-1
PAWTUCKET, R.I. - The Louisville Bats (35-59) dropped the opening game of a four-game series to the Pawtucket Red Sox (38-55) by a 2-1 score on Monday night at McCoy Stadium. Right-hander Tejay Antone tossed his second straight quality start in the loss.
In what was the Bats' first non-divisional game since June 22 after playing in a season-high 18 straight, Louisville's offense stayed stagnant for much of the night, which has been a rarity to this point in the season. The PawSox scored a run off Antone in both the second and fourth innings, on a Josh Ockimey RBI single and a sacrifice fly from University of Louisville product Cole Sturgeon.
Antone (2-3, 4.44) allowed the two earned runs on seven hits, walking four and striking out a pair on 97 pitches and 55 strikes. The right-hander was stuck with the loss despite the quality start, owning a 1.80 ERA (3er/15.0ip) over his last three games, two of them being starts. He recorded his last out of the game in the sixth on a brilliant diving catch by center fielder Brian O'Grady.
The offense never really got it going on the night, with the Bats squandering an opportunity in the second after failing to drive in Narciso Crook, who tripled with one out for his team-leading third of the season. In the fourth, the Bats would have three straight baserunners, but back-to-back caught stealings would cost them in that frame.
Louisville would push across its lone run of the game in the eighth, after Aristides Aquino scored on a wild pitch by Pawtucket reliever and former Bat, Domingo Tapia. Aquino singled and subsequently advanced to third on a Nick Longhi single. Out of Louisville's bullpen, right-hander Brad Markey contributed a pair of scoreless innings in the 2-1 defeat.
The Bats and PawSox are back at it tomorrow night at McCoy Stadium for game two of the four-game set, with another 7:05 first pitch. Right-hander Keury Mella (5-9, 5.00) is slated to start for Louisville, with Pawtucket's probable still up in the air after right-hander Ryan Weber (1-2, 5.16) was recently recalled to Boston.
• Discuss this story on the International League message board...
International League Stories from July 15, 2019
- Lehigh Valley Scores Eight in Eighth, Defeats Gwinnett - Gwinnett Stripers
- Knights Win 9-7 Thriller in Buffalo - Charlotte Knights
- 8 in 8 allow Pigs to hook Stripers - Lehigh Valley IronPigs
- Seven-Run Ninth Caps Mets' Dominance over Tribe - Indianapolis Indians
- Four Rochester Homers Offset Hays' Effort - Norfolk Tides
- Wings Hit Four Homers, Roll over Tides 11-4 Monday - Rochester Red Wings
- SWB RHP Deivi Garcia gets win in Triple-A Debut against Columbus Clippers - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
- Bats Drop Series Opener to Pawtucket, 2-1 - Louisville Bats
- Trifecta Powers Hens to Victory over Bulls - Toledo Mud Hens
- Hart Heaves Six Shutout for Series-Opening Win - Pawtucket Red Sox
- July 20-21: Blue Jays Weekend Features Vladdy Bobbleheads, Devon White, Duane Ward, Ticket Giveaways & More - Buffalo Bisons
- 7.15.19 Game Information: Indianapolis Indians (47-45) vs. Syracuse Mets (45-48) - Indianapolis Indians
- Summer Is in Full Swing | Catch the Hens at Home for a Full Week: July 15-21 - Toledo Mud Hens
- Game Notes: Louisville Bats (35-58) at Pawtucket Red Sox (37-55) - Louisville Bats
- Spirit of the International League Award Winner Announced - IL
- Tides Groundskeeper Kenny Magner Named 2019 Recipient of Sprit of International League Award - Norfolk Tides
- Bisons Game Notes - Buffalo vs. Charlotte (7:05 p.m.) - Buffalo Bisons
- Keller Earns Second IL Pitcher of the Week Honor - Indianapolis Indians
- International League Players of the Week Named - IL
- SWB Game Notes - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
- SWB RailRiders Homestand Highlights-July 15-21 - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
- Weekly Sports League and Franchise Report - OSC Original by Dan Krieger
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.