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Luke Strikes Back, Wins Debut 3-1

July 29, 2004 - International League (IL) - Louisville Bats News Release

Louisville, KY— After a two-year absence from last pitching with the Louisville Bats, starting pitcher Luke Hudson (1-0) made a triumphant return to Louisville Slugger Field leading the Bats to a 3-1 victory over the Richmond Braves. Using a deadly array of pinpoint control and sharp breaking balls, Hudson kept the Richmond offense nearly silent through his seven innings of work.

After missing the 2003 season with a shoulder injury, Hudson started this year at Double-A Chattanooga posting a 7-7 record with an impressive ERA. of 3.32 before being called up this past Tuesday. After a leadoff walk to Pete Orr in the first, Hudson sat the next 12 batters down before Wilson Betemit led off the fifth inning with a single. Through seven innings of work, Hudson allowed only one run on three hits while striking out six before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the bottom of the seventh. Joe Valentine breezed through the eighth, setting the stage for Aaron Myette to close out the victory. After walking two batters in the ninth, Myette struck out Betemit looking to end the game while picking up his 17th save of the season.

The Bats offense was kept in check by Richmond starter Chuck Smith, but were still able to scrap out three runs for the victory. Jermaine Clark led off the game with a double and advanced to third on an error by Ryan Langerhans. Aaron Holbert then plated Clark with a sacrifice fly to right field. Rob Stratton continued his hot hitting with two doubles and a sacrifice fly. Stratton also finished the game with two RBI.

Richmond was held to just three hits throughout the game. Joe DePastino doubled in the only Richmond run in the fifth, scoring Betemit who had singled. Richmond starter Smith (5-3) was the tough luck loser in the contest. Smith nearly matched Hudson pitch for pitch through six innings, allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out six. Richmond also committed a season high four errors in the contest.

The time of tonight’s game was 2:21 and the attendance was 9,076. The fourth and final game of the series with the Braves will be on Friday, July 30, 7:15 p.m. The starting pitcher for the Bats is RHP Seth Etherton (3-5, 3.95) while Richmond will start RHP Travis Smith (7-2, 2.56).

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