Louisville Bats Notes: June 29
BATS DROP SERIES OPENER: Louisville dropped the series opener on Thursday night to the Toledo Mud Hens by a 3-2 score, one night after winning an 11-10 thriller at Columbus in which LOU hit 5 home runs as a team, their most in a game since 2010. Last night, RHP Homer Bailey went 7.0 innings in a rehab start for the Bats, allowing 3 solo home runs in a quality start.
AGAINST TOLEDO: Louisville and Toledo meet for the fifth of eight total series this season, and the third of four at Fifth Third Field. The Bats won their last series against the Mud Hens about a week and a half ago at Toledo, their first road series win of the season. Through 13 matchups, the Hens are 8-5 against the Bats, outscoring them 63-53 and outhomering them 21-6 after their 3-homer outburst Thursday night. Toledo's 3-2 win in the series opener was its 200th all-time victory over Louisville.
REHAB STATS: RHP Homer Bailey , who made his third rehab start (6/11, 23, 28) for Louisville this season on Thursday, is the fifth MLB rehabber to pitch for the Bats in 2018, along with RHP Anthony DeSclafani (5/25, 30), LHP Brandon Finnegan (4/9) and RHPs David Hernandez (4/20, 23, 25) and Kevin Shackelford (4/22), who have now combined for 10 rehab outings for Louisville this season. The rehabbers have compiled an 8.41 ERA, with 33 earned runs in 35.1 innings on the mound. The Bats are just 2-8 as a club when a pitcher makes a rehab outing.
BACK-TO-BACK ONE-RUN GAMES: After an 11-10 win and 3-2 loss in back-to-back games, the Bats have played consecutive games decided by one run for the first time since May 20-21, when they lost lost 6-5 at Norfolk in game 2 of a doubleheader on 5/20 and lost at Indianapolis the next day by a 3-2 score. LOU falls to 8-11 in one-run games this season, currently tied with Durham and Indianapolis for fewest one-run wins in 2018. If LOU plays a one-run game on Friday, they will have played in 3 consecutive for the first time since May 19-21, 2017 all vs. Columbus, going 2-1 in those games.
BURST WHEN BATTING FIRST: Bats leadoff hitters have proven to be an excellent catalyst for the offense in the month of June. Louisville has employed 4 different leadoff hitters in the month: Nick Senzel (11 games...started 12, but batted in 11), Dilson Herrera (5), Mason Williams (5) and Hernan Iribarren (4). Josh VanMeter came in as a substitute for Williams Wednesday night in the leadoff spot. Out of the top spot in the batting order in June, the quartet has hit safely in 24 of 25 games, and reached base safely in all 25. They are batting a combined .456 (47-for-103) with 26 runs scored, 9 doubles, 4 home runs, 21 RBI, 12 walks and 4 stolen bases.
EVEN STEVENS: In a peculiar statistical oddity, the Bats and Mud Hens have had the same amount of hits in each of their last 4 meetings. During their last series from June 15-17, the clubs matched each other's hit totals (8, 9, 12, respectively). Last night, both Louisville and Toledo totaled 7 hits as an offense.
THREE QUARTERS: At the 75-game mark, the Bats currently own a 30-45 record, the same record they owned at this point last season. In 2016, Louisville was 38-37 after 75 games.
S10NE COLD SELSKY: Steve Selsky extended his season-long hitting streak to 10 games with a 1-for-4 night on Thursday, the second Bat to reach a double-digit hit streak this season. Nick Senzel, whose 11-game streak is still active, is the only other LOU player to do it. Selsky is batting .350 (14-for-40) with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 3 home runs and 10 RBI since his streak began on June 17.
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