LOUISVILLE, KY- The Louisville Bats (25-37) failed to complete the three-game sweep of the Toledo Mud Hens (28-33) with a 7-2 loss Sunday evening at Louisville Slugger Field.
The Mud Hens started the scoring early with a five-run first inning when they brought all nine batters up to the plate. The highlight of this inning was Tyler Collins' three-run home run. This gave the Mud Hens an early 5-0 lead.
The Bats cut the that five-run lead to a three-run lead when Dilson Herrera hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the second inning, which was Herrera's fifth home run of the year.
The Mud Hens extended their lead to back to five runs in the fourth inning when Matt den Dekker led off the inning with his second triple of the game, followed by a JaCoby Jones double scoring den Dekker and Jones scored on the next at-bat after an error by Tony Renda.
The Bats started right-handed pitcher Sal Romano (1-1, 2.81). Romano pitched five innings, allowed 10 hits, seven runs, all earned, one walk, one home run, and recorded four strikeouts, on 78 total pitches, 56 for strikes.
The Mud Hens started left-handed pitcher Matthew Boyd (1-0, 3.65). Boyd pitched six innings, allowed five hits, two runs, all earned, one walk, one home run, and recorded five strike outs, while throwing 102 pitches, 62 for strikes.
The Bats and Mud Hens will both have an off day tomorrow, but the Bats will be back in action on Tuesday starting a three-game series with the Charlotte Knights and then another three-game series with the Norfolk Tides starting on Friday, June 16. The Bats will return home to Louisville Slugger Field on Monday, June 19, against the Columbus Clippers.
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