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Herrera Homers as Bats Lose, 4-1

May 17, 2018 - International League (IL) - Louisville Bats News Release

DURHAM, NC - The Louisville Bats (12-24) dropped their second of two games against the Durham Bulls (24-14) Thursday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, this time by a 4-1 score. The game, which only went seven innings as scheduled, was Louisville's fifth straight loss and ninth straight loss on the road.

The nightcap started off promising for Louisville after dropping the earlier game by a 6-4 score, with second baseman Dilson Herrera blasting a home run deep into left field in the top of the first inning off Durham starter, left-hander Vidal Nuno. Herrera's second home run for Louisville this season proved to be the only blemish on an otherwise spectacular night for Nuno (3-1, 3.57), who went 5.0 innings and gave up one earned run on three hits, walking none and striking out 10.

The early Louisville home run was quickly spoiled by the Bulls' four-run barrage in the bottom of the inning, all started by a Willy Adames triple. Joe McCarthy, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Adam Moore provided the RBI for Durham's offense, giving the Bulls all they would need off Cody Reed (0-2, 4.24), who settled in after the rocky bottom of the first. Reed went 5.0 innings, giving up the four earned runs on five hits, walking four and striking out five on 91 pitches, 55 strikes.

The Bats fall to 6-13 on the season when scoring first, having earned more come-from-behind wins this season (seven) than wins when scoring first in a ballgame. Louisville falls to a season-worst 12 games under .500.

Robert Stephenson (2-4, 3.93) and the Bats travel to Norfolk, Virginia for a three-game series against the Tides, with right-hander and former Bat Tim Melville (5-0, 2.97) expected to start for Norfolk with first pitch set for 7:05 p.m.

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