Bats fend off Herd
The Louisville Bats received some great pitch and maybe a little bit of luck, to snap a two-game Bisons win streak in a 3-1 victory over the Herd on Satuerday afternoon from Coca-Cola Field.
In a game were so few runs were scored, the story of the contest was one of the innings that the Bisons didn’t tally. A disputed doubleplay in the bottom of the seventh inning halted some Herd momentum and possibly sealed Buffalo’s fate.
After being held to just one hit over the first six innings by Bat’s starter Tom Cochran and trialing 2-0, the Bisons finally began to mount a rally. Lucas Duda led off the seventh with a sharp single to right field and then moved to third base on a soft liner into left by Valentino Pascucci.
Herd skipper Tim Teufel called on Salomon Manriquez, who chopped the first pitch he saw from reliever Jose Arrendondo down the third base line. Buffalo’s runners thought the ball was clearly foul, but home plate umpire Derek Crabill saw differently. Louisville third baseman Todd Frazier quickly turned the around-the-horn doubleplay with the Bisons baserunners still frozen in their tracks.
Teufel raced down the third base line to argue and was promptly ejected by Crabill. After the Bisons manager pled his case, Manriquez -who was still in the batter’s box- slammed his bat down in disgust.
Raul Chavez followed with a ground out to third base to end the threat.
The Bisons did score a run in the eighth inning on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis double, but were held to just five hits in defeat.
Louisville scored two runs in the first inning off starter Josh Stinson. The righty recovered to allow just those two runs in five innings or work.