Brett Tomko threw the Louisville Bats’ sixth quality start of the year but was let down by the offense as the Bats lost 5-1 Wednesday morning to the Indianapolis Indians.
Tomko made it through the first four innings perfectly without giving up a base runner. It unraveled for him in the fifth inning when he gave up a two-run double to Jake Fox allowing the Indians to get on the board first.
Tomko (0-3) was relieved by Scott Carroll in the seventh but Carroll was quickly lifted after allowing three runs on just two hits while recording just one out.
Louisville’s offense sputtered once again in the clutch going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The Bats had chances in second, fourth, and ninth innings to score but could not come up with the big hit. In every other inning, the Bats went in order.
The Bats fell to 7-14 on the season and 2-11 when their opponent scores first. The Bats also lost the five game series with the Indians despite taking two of the first three. They’ve won just one series this season and have yet to win more than two games in a row.
The Bats will enjoy an off day Thursday before beginning a four game series with the Norfolk Tides in Virginia. Norfolk, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimoe Orioles, like the Bats, have lost seven of their last ten. The Tides come into the series having won their last two games.
Friday’s first pitch is scheduled for 7:15. The Bats send Jeff Francis to the mound. He will be opposed by Jason Beken.
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