Colon Powers Bats to 7-5 Victory
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Bats (19-30) got back in the win column, prevailing Sunday night at Louisville Slugger Field over the Toledo Mud Hens (18-28) by a 7-5 score, snapping a five-game skid. Christian Colon led the Bats offensively going 5-for-5, driving in three runs, hitting his 3rd home run on the season. Bats' starter Keury Mella (3-4, 5.36) picked up his 3rd win of the season, striking out three.
Following a strong performance Saturday night, the Mud Hens offense continued to stay hot in the first inning. Toledo struck first putting three runs on the scoreboard, with two runs coming off the bat of designated hitter Daz Cameron. From there, Mella would quiet the Mud Hens hitters.
The Louisville offense cut into the Toledo lead in the third inning, thanks to a Nick Longhi single, scoring Colon. The Bats would take the lead in the fourth. Right fielder Aristides Aquino got things going reaching on a single, and he would score from first thanks to a double by catcher Stuart Turner. Later in the inning, Sherman Johnson walked and Rob Refsnyder singled to reach base for the second time of the game, extending his hitting streak to 7 games, matching the highest active streak on the Bats with Colon. The six-run inning was highlighted by Colon's home run, scoring Johnson and Refsnyder. Colon's 5-hit performance was his first as a Bat and the first Louisville player to do it since Josh VanMeter did so on April 26, 2019 vs Norfolk. First baseman Brian O'Grady kept the inning going tripling to right-center field, his first of the season. Longhi would cap the six-run inning singling in O'Grady.
Following the first inning, Mella settled in working four straight scoreless frames. At one point, had Mella retired 10 straight Toledo batters. The right-hander would allow two runs in the sixth, eventually being relieved by Sal Romano. Romano worked his way out of the sixth inning and totaled one strikeout in 1.1 innings pitched. Ian Krol relieved Romano in the seventh and continued the bullpen's impressive performance. Krol worked 1.0 inning, striking out two. From there, Bats reliever Jimmy Herget entered the game, making his International League-leading 22nd appearance. Herget allowed one hit, while striking out two. Louisville closer shutdown the Hens to close the game, earning his first save of the season. Toledo starter Tyler Alexander (1-6, 8.47) took the loss.
Louisville and Toledo complete their four-game series Monday afternoon at 2:00 pm at Louisville Slugger Field. Righty Vladimir Gutierrez (1-4, 8.56) is expected to toe the rubber for the Bats, as right-hander Drew VerHagen (0-1, 7.50) is expected to start for the Mud Hens.
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