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Louisville Bats Notes: June 12

June 12, 2018 - International League (IL) - Louisville Bats News Release

GAME TWO: Louisville and Columbus continue a four-game series tonight at Louisville Slugger Field with left-hander Cody Reed on the mound for the Bats. LOU dropped last night's ballgame by a 7-4, falling to 7-12 in series openers this season. The loss, combined with a Toledo win Monday night, drops Louisville to 15.5 games back of the International League West division lead, its largest deficit by games so far in 2018.

AGAINST COLUMBUS: The Bats and Clippers meet for the third of seven series this season, and third of four at Louisville Slugger Field. Each of the clubs' first 3 series this season have taken place in the Bats' home ballpark. In 7 matchups so far this season, LOU has outscored COL 36-34, with LOU batting .268 and COL batting .233. With the Bats' next win over Columbus, they will have their 200th win against them all-time.

HACK DILSON: Bats infielder Dilson Herrera has been excellent in the month of June, pacing International League batters with a .426 batting average, going 12-for-26 in 7 June games. He's recorded 3 doubles, one home run, 9 RBI and 6 walks in that span with a 1.255 OPS, which ranks second in the IL for the month. Herrera's three-run home run in the third inning of last night's ballgame was his first multi-run homer since April 13 this season with Class A+ Daytona, when he hit a two-run homer off Jupiter starter and former Red, Dan Straily .

LEAD BY EXAMPLE: Infielder Nick Senzel has spent each of the last 2 games in the leadoff spot, the first time he's batted leadoff in his professional career. In those 2 games, Senzel is 6-for-10 with 3 runs, 2 doubles, 2 RBI and a stolen base, raising his batting average to .282 coming into play Tuesday, the highest it's been since he was batting .308 after April 8. He and Gabriel Guerrero recorded the first 4-hit games for LOU on Saturday, becoming the first Bats duo to notch 4 hits in the same game since July 31, 2015, when Irving Falu and Brennan Boesch each had 4 hits in an 8-5 win over the Toledo Mud Hens. Senzel and Guerrero are both 13-for-35 in the month of June, with their .371 batting average tied for 6th in the IL during the month.

REHAB STATS: RHP Homer Bailey started for Louisville last night on Major League rehab assignment. He became the fifth MLB rehabber to pitch for the Bats this season, joining Anthony DeSclafani (5/25, 30), along with LHP Brandon Finnegan (4/9) and RHPs David Hernandez (4/20, 23, 25) and Kevin Shackelford (4/22), who have now combined for 8 rehab outings for Louisville this season, compiling an 9.27 ERA, with 23 earned runs in 22.1 innings on the mound. The Bats are just 1-7 as a club when a pitcher makes a rehab outing.

GAME #60: The Bats play in their 60th game of the season Tuesday night. Last season after 60 games, LOU owned a 24-36 record. At the 60-game mark last season, LOU scored 232 runs and allowed 317 runs, a run differential of -85. Currently, LOU has scored 18 fewer runs after 60 games (214 runs), but have also allowed much fewer runs with 268, 49 runs fewer than last season. Louisville's run differential of -54 right now ranks second-worst in the league, with the Clippers' -39 differential ranking third-worst. Charlotte's -67 differential is worst in the league.

ALL-STAR PUSH FOR QUACKENBUSH: Right-hander Kevin Quackenbush has been one of the IL's best relief pitchers since joining the Bats, tossing a scoreless ninth inning for Louisville in the 7-4 loss. In 18 appearances for LOU this season, Quackenbush has allowed just one earned run in 18.0 innings (0.50 ERA) with an excellent 2 walks and 21 strikeouts, a 10.50 K/BB ratio, which leads the club. His 8 saves are tied for second in the league with former Bat and current Toledo Mud Hen, Louis Coleman .

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