Slugfest in the Bats house

On Friday night, the Louisville Bats put the “slug” into Louisville Slugger Field.

The Bats score seven runs in the first inning and pounded out 18 hits in a 15-7 victory over the Bisons in the first game of a four-game series. Buffalo hit three home runs, including their first three-run blast of the season, but it was not nearly enough in the blowout loss.

Eight of the first nine Louisville hitters of the night reached base against Herd hurler, Casey Fossum. Jeremy Hermida’s three-run home run and Kris Negron’s two-run double gave the Bats a 6-0 edge before two outs were even recorded. Zack Cozart, who started the rally with a lead-off double, drove home a seventh run with and RBI-ground out.

It wasn’t until Louisville had a 9-0 lead that the Bisons dented the scoreboard. Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and Nick Evans went deep in the fifth. The Herd score four more runs in the six, three on Luis Hernandez’s first homer of the season.

However, every time Buffalo scored, Louisville kept their big lead intact. Even after their seven-run first inning, the Bats scored in every inning from the third to the seventh. Todd Frazier took Dylan Owen deep in the fourth inning and Juan Francisco hit a three-run shot of the Bisons’ righty in the fifth.

Casey Fossum fell to 0-3 with the loss. The southpaw saw his ERA jump from 3.58 to 5.87 after allowing nine runs in three innings.

BISONS NOTES:The Bisons had hit 28 home runs this season before getting their first three-run shot of the year…Luis Figueroa made his Bisons debut and collected a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning…Friday’s game was the third time this season the Bisons had yielded 10+ runs in a game.

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