Bats score first, but can't hold on

Chad Wallach delivers a three-run home run (Copyright Patrick L. Pfister 2017 All Rights Reserved)

By Zachary Miller / Louisville Bats | July 5, 2017 10:19 PM ET

LOUISVILLE, KY- The Louisville Bats (33-52) were defeated in game-two of this three-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens (40-43) 8-5.

The Bats have breezed by batters so far, after they tallied there 32nd game where they recorded at least 10 strikeouts as a team, which ties the total from last year's 2016 team.

The Bats were the first to strike tonight when Brandon Dixon recorded his 30th RBI after a double, which ended up scoring Dilson Herrera, giving the Bats an early 1-0 lead.

The Mud Hens wasted no time tying the game up in the top of the second after Juan Perez scored Michael Almanzar, tying it up at 1-1.

The Mud Hens took the lead one inning later after JaCoby Jones scored on an RBI single by Jim Adduci, giving the Mud Hens a 2-1 lead.

The Bats didn't wait long to tie it up at 2-2 in the bottom of the third when Darnell Sweeney knocked in Herrera for his 10th RBI of the season.

The Mud Hens regained the lead just a half inning later when Reed walked Jones, allowing Krizan to score with the bases loaded.

The left-hander Cody Reed (2-5, 3.21) of the Bats pitched four innings, allowed seven hits, six runs, five earned, gave up a career-high six walks, recorded four strikeouts on 98 pitches, 50 for strikes.

The Mud Hens added on to their 3-2 lead in the top half of the fifth when they totaled three hits and scored three runs, highlighted by an RBI double by Brendan Ryan.

The Mud Hens started left-handed pitcher Anthony Vasquez (4-5, 5.18) who pitched five innings, allowed eight hits, four runs, all earned, gave up one walk and recorded two strikeouts on 101 pitches, 68 for strikes.

The Bats put up three runs of their own in the bottom of the sixth when Chad Wallach blasted a three-run homerun and his sixth of the year, which cut the lead to one, 6-5.

The Mud Hens added on two more in the eighth inning after John Hicks hit a two RBI single scoring Infante and Jones.

The Bats and Mud Hens will be back in action tomorrow night with first scheduled for 7:05 pm. The Bats plan to start right-hander Jackson Stephens (4-4, 4.97), while the Mud Hens plan to start right-hander Drew VerHagen (6-5, 4.41).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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