INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Louisville Bats (51-79) were victims of a 10-0 shellacking at the hands of the Indianapolis Indians (72-58) on Thursday night at Victory Field. It was the ninth time in which the Bats have been shut out this season.
Both teams were held scoreless through the first three innings. Amir Garrett (1-4, 6.63) was on cruise control, recording back-to-back 1-2-3 innings in the second and third on 16 pitches.
It was the fourth inning in which Garrett began to unravel. Indianapolis loaded the bases with no outs and proceeded to score a run on a sacrifice fly and wild pitch. The inning was then capped off on a two-run single by Jacob Stallings, giving the Indians a 4-0 lead.
An inning later, the Indians batted around and erupted for six more runs while chasing Garrett out of the ballgame in the process. The left-hander was pulled after tossing four and one-third innings, allowing nine runs (seven earned) on six hits and three walks. The seven earned runs were one shy of tying a minor league career high set in 2013.
Clay Holmes, meanwhile, threw six shutout innings of two-hit baseball in route to his 10th win of the season for Indianapolis.
Rafael De Paula, who the Reds signed to a minor league contract on August 18, fired a perfect eighth inning in his Louisville debut.
The Bats will begin a three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Right-hander Rookie Davis (3-2, 5.31) will start for Louisville while left-hander Anthony Vasquez (8-7, 3.77) will get the ball for Toledo in game one.
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