Friedl Plates a Pair But Birds Storm Back to Win

September 18, 2021 - International League (IL) - Louisville Bats News Release

Memphis, Tenn. - TJ Friedl extended his hitting streak to 13 games while collecting two RBIs, but the Louisville Bats fell 6-2 to the Memphis Redbirds on Friday night at AutoZone Park.

Louisville plated its first run in the top of third after Brantley Bell singled and Beau Taylor drew a four-pitch walk to start the inning. With one away, Friedl sent a fly ball deep to left field on a sac fly to Bell for his first RBI of the night.

The Bats scratched another run across in the fifth. Louisville got two runners on courtesy of free passes, and with two outs in the inning, Friedl roped his 15th double of the season into the outfield to bring Brantley Bell home from second for his second RBI of the game.

Michael Mariot went six innings, scattering four hits while allowing two runs with five strikeouts. Mariot started the seventh without allowing a run but was pulled after allowing back-to-back singles without recording an out.

The Redbirds evened the score following Mariot's departure, beginning with three consecutive singles to kick off the inning. Nick Plummer's single through the right side scored Alec Burleson to make it a 2-1 game. Rayder Ascanio followed with a ground out double play that scored Evan Mendoza to tie the game 2-2.

Memphis took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Brendan Donovan hit a home run over the left field wall. They would go on to score three more runs in the inning including a solo shot from Alec Burleson for a 6-2 lead.

Memphis' home run against Dauri Moreta marked the first earned run scored against the reliever of his Triple-A tenure. Moreta made 22 consecutive appearances without an earned run prior to tonight.

The Bats and Redbirds will play game five of their six-game series on Saturday night with first pitch scheduled for 7:15 pm E.T. RHP Tim Adleman (1-1, 3.79) will take the mound for Louisville and face off against Memphis LHP Matthew Liberatore (7-9, 4.45).

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