CHARLOTTE, NC - The Louisville Bats (26-39) have lost the series finale to the Charlotte Knights (29-36), 6-4, on Thursday evening at BB&T Ballpark.
Starting right-hander Robert Stephenson's outing was cut short after a lengthy rain delay following just four innings of play. In this span of time, Stephenson surrendered one run on one hit and two walks, and he struck out three.
With Thursday's one-hit outing, Robert Stephenson has become the first Louisville starter since 2000 to allow one hit or less in three straight starts.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Knights commanded the early lead with a sacrifice fly off the bat of Cody Asche. Stephenson was then able to limit the damage to just one run in the inning.
The Charlotte advantage lasted only until the top of the third, when Darnell Sweeney was caught stealing at second base, allowing Dilson Herrera to score from third, evening the score at one.
Louisville was able to take its first and only lead of the game in the top of the fourth on Zach Vincej's first home run of his 2017 campaign. This two-run shot also brought in Rob Brantly and gave the Bats a 3-1 edge.
The Bats and Knights then entered into a two-hour long rain delay at the end of the fourth inning, and once the game resumed, Lisalverto Bonilla came to the mound for the Bats in the bottom of the fifth, signaling the end of Stephenson's night.
Charlotte sent nine men to the plate in the fifth inning, and with the help of a bases-clearing triple, they scored five runs and regained a 6-3 lead.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Bats attempted to rally, but were only able to tack on one run from a Stuart Turner infield single. This 6-4 deficit would hold through the rest of the game, and Charlotte reliever Zack Burdi earned the save.
The Louisville Bats are set to head to Norfolk this weekend to take on the Tides in a three-game series beginning on Friday at 7:05 p.m. at Harbor Park. Pitching for the Bats will be Austin Ross (2-1, 5.00 ERA), and Gabriel Ynoa (1-5, 6.93 ERA) will start for the Tides.
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