Longhi Homers in 12-6 Bats Loss
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Bats (18-29) fell in the first game of a four-game series vs the Toledo Mud Hens (16-28) Friday night at Louisville Slugger Field. Bats' designated hitter Nick Longhi connected on a three-run 459 ft. home run in the sixth inning, his seventh of the season.
Toledo jumped out in front of Louisville in the first inning, putting nine runs on the board. Bats' starter Rob Wooten, was relieved by Johendi Jiminian, making his first appearance of the season for Louisville after getting promoted from Double-A Chattanooga. Despite the tough first inning, Jiminian settled down tossing five complete innings, while striking out two.
The Mud Hens extended their lead in the fourth and sixth innings to 12-0. In the sixth, Longhi cut into Toledo's lead launching a 459 ft moonshot, clearing the bleachers and scoring left fielder Rob Refsnyder and right fielder Aristides Aquino. The Bats continued to rally in the seventh inning. First baseman Brian O'Grady continued his impressive season doubling in Alberti Chavez and Narciso Crook, to make the score 12-5. Longhi followed with another RBI of his own on a sacrifice fly scoring Refsnyder. Longhi finished the game 2-for-2 with reaching on a hit by pitch and walk, contributing a homer and four RBIs.
Louisville relievers Ian Krol, Cody Reed, Jimmy Herget and Jesus Reyes quieted the Mud Hens bats providing 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Herget, making his International League leading 21st appearance of the season struck out two. In total, Louisville's pitching staff ended Mud Hens first baseman Harold Castro's International League leading 20-game hit streak.
Toledo starting pitcher Spenser Watkins (4-0, 5.64) came away with the win, and Wooten (0-1, 18.69) got the loss for Louisville.
Louisville looks to bounce back as they rebrand as the Mashers, continuing their four-game series vs Toledo Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field. Bats right-hander Jackson Stephens (3-2, 3.86) will make his second start of the season for Louisville, and the Mud Hens have not announced their starting pitcher.
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