Bats Demolish the Mudhens

It was not very pretty. The Louisville Bats scored all their runs in the first four innings in their 10-2 demolition of the Toledo Mudhens. Derek Hankins got his first Triple A start and gave up eight runs in three innings. The Mudhen pitchers combined for 8 walks. First baseman Jordan Lennerton finished the game off pitching for the Mudhens with a perfect eighth inning.

Donavan Hand did not have overpowering stuff for the Bats, but it was enough to silence the Mudhens. Steven Moya hit an opposite field two run homer in the sixth for their only offense. When Hand finished the inning the bullpen shutdown the Mudhen bats the rest of the way.

In the first inning two walks and a single loaded the bases. With two outs Yorman Rodriguez changed the complexion of the game with a two run single to right center field. Steven Moya made an inadvisable throw to third base, but the ball was off line and bounced into the dugout to score the third run.

It did not get much better in the second inning. Jose Constanza hit a one out single and stole second. Hernan Iribarren drove one into the right centerfield gap for a double, scoring Constanza. A two out single up the middle by Ivan Dejesus drove in the second run of the inning. Daniel Fields tried to make the throw home, but the ball hit the downward slope of the mound and slowed down.

In the third inning a leadoff walk and single put two runners on. Chris Dominguez drove them home with a three run homer. It was about that time the Mudhens got the bullpen working. Hankins finished the inning, but he was already at 86 pitches and down 8-0.

Jose Valdez came on to pitch the fourth inning. He walked the first three batters he faced to load the bases. A line out to third and a strikeout appeared to give him an opportunity to escape the inning without allowing a run. Chris Berset singled up the middle to drive in two runs to give the Bats double figures in runs scored.

The Bats would go the last four innings without getting another hit, including the eighth inning when Jordan Lennerton pitched. Other than the two run homerun from Steven Moya the Mudhens could not get a runner to third.

Game Notes: Tomorrow myworld will go into a little more detail about the ballpark…There were not a lot of people at the game. The listed attendance was 4,872 but there were a lot of no shows. It had rained earlier and the clouds were dark, driving a number of fans away…Jordan Lennerton appeared to throw nothing but fastballs (or changeups) that hit the velocity gun at 75-77 miles per hour. Ivan Dejesus took three strikes, disagreeing with the umpires third strike call. The other two hitters stroked hard grounders to the shortstop in the hole that he was able to throw the runner out…Jeffry Marte made a nice diving catch on a Yorman Rodriguez line drive with the bases loaded otherwise the score would have been much worse and Yorman would have had four runs batted in instead of just two…Five of the ten runs that scored got on base as a result of a walk…Steven Moya and Mike Hessman each hit balls to the warning track in centerfield. Donavan Hand retired 8 hitters on fly outs and only two hitters on ground outs. He stayed at about 86-88 with his fastball.

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