Durham, NC - The Louisville Bats (45-69) dropped game two of a three-game series against the Durham Bulls (71-44) by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Bulls jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when Shane Peterson hit a home run to right center field, his 11th of the season. Durham loaded the bases with one out in that same inning, but Tyler Mahle got out of the jam with a strikeout and a groundout.
Mahle got a no decision as he lasted five innings on the mound for the Bats. He allowed one run on two hits, two walks, and struck out five. Mahle has now worked five or more inning and allowed two earned runs or less in six of his eight Triple-A starts.
Louisville tied the game in the sixth inning on a Brandon Dixon RBI single that brought in Hernan Iribarren, making it a 1-1 game. The run was charged to Adam Kolarek (2-4, 1.50) who got the win despite giving up three hits and recording just one out in the game.
Nick Routt (1-4, 7.89) replaced Mahle on the mound in the sixth inning and the Bulls regained a 2-1 lead on a sacrifice fly from Justin O'Connor, scoring Patrick Leonard. Routt recorded just one out as Alejandro Chacin came in and finished off the inning.
In the seventh inning, the Bulls had runners on first and second with two outs looking for a few insurance runs, but Chacin struck out Leonard to end the threat and keep it a 2-1 game.
In the ninth inning, Diego Castillo shutdown the Bats in order with two strikeouts for his third save of the season. Louisville has now played in 34 one-run games this season and are 16-18 in such contests.
Iribarren recorded a three-hit night, going 3-for-4 and Blandino picked up a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-3 with a walk. Louisville out hit Durham 9-4, but went 1-for-6 with RISP and stranded nine men on base.
The Bats and Bulls will be back in action again tomorrow night with the rubber match of a three-game set at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Rookie Davis (1-2, 5.47 ERA) will start for Louisville while right-hander Yonny Chirinos (11-3, 2.89) will toe the rubber for Durham.
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