Bats batter Herd
Monday night at Coca-Cola Field was billed as the first look for Buffalo sports fans of mega-prospect Aroldis Chapman. It was, however, the Bats’ offense that stole the show.
Louisville scored more runs than any opponent ever has at the downtown home of the Bisons by plating 20 runs in a 20-7 victory over Buffalo. The Bats scored in each of the first eight innings, including a six-run fifth inning and five-run sixth.
Ironically, it was Chapman’s bat that did more damage than his 100-mph fastball. The Cuban-defector doubled in a run in the second and singled again in a four-run third inning that gave Louisville a 6-0 edge. He walked and scored a run in the fourth to help his team build a 7-0 advantage.
On the mound, Chapman topped the 100-mph mark four times in racking up eight punchouts. The Bisons, however, caught up to the speed with five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Omir Santos, Ruben Tejada, pitcher Adam Pettyjohn and Andy Green all had RBI-hits in the frame.
After letting the Herd get back into the game, the Bats scored nine runs over the next two frames in a record-setting performance.
Chapman got the win, but it wasn’t easy. By allowing six runs in five innings, he was touched up for twice as many earned runs than he allowed in his first four starts combined.
BISONS NOTES: Chris Carter finished the game 3-3 with a walk. He scored three of Buffalo’s seven runs…The Bisons lost their lead in the International League North Division. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre defeated Norfolk, 6-3, to leapfrog the Herd by a half a game…Not to be outdone, Bisons reliever Bobby Parnell topped out at 99mph during an inning of shutout relief.