The Louisville Bats picked up their second straight win over the Toledo Mud Hens 5-3 Tuesday night. The Bats got a couple of big offensive innings and stellar relief work from Todd Redmond in the victory. 7,372 humans and 280 dogs were in attendance for the second Dog Day at the Park of the season at Louisville Slugger Field.
The Bats took advantage of a big fifth inning in the victory. After Bill Rhinehart doubled to lead off the inning, Didi Gregorius belted his second triple of the season, scoring Rhinehart and giving the Bats a 3-2 lead. They weren’t done there. Henry Rodriguez and Mike Costanzo followed Gregorius with an RBI double each, extending Louisville’s lead to 5-2.
The big inning came after the Bats tied it at two in the fourth on an RBI double from Neftali Soto and then an RBI single from Chris Valaika.
Nick Masset, who is on a rehab assignment from the Cincinnati Reds, started for the Bats after getting rained out of his start Monday. After a perfect first inning, Masset returned for the second. After a one out single from Danny Dorn, Masset struck out Danny Worth before walking Matt Young, officially ending his night.
On came Redmond who walked the first batter he faced. Bryan Holaday stepped in a ripped a two-run single to give the Mud Hens an early 2-0 lead. Both runs were charged to Masset.
Redmond was stellar after that, retiring 17 of the final 22 batters he faced while striking out five.
“I though (Masset) looked great and his stuff looked good,” Bats manager David Bell said. “(Redmond) handled the situation great. He told us he’d be ready to go. He kept himself ready, and he was great.”
Redmond did work into a bit of trouble in the eighth. Cale Iorg hit a leadoff double and Redmond walked Justin Henry to start the inning. After getting John Lindsey to pop out, Kankekoa Texeira came in to relieve Redmond.
Texeira coaxed Dorn to bounce to second. After throwing out Dorn at first, the Bats caught Henry in a rundown and, although a run scored, tagged him out in a pickle to end the inning.
JJ Hoover pitched the ninth for the Bats and had no such trouble in picking up his 11th save of the season.
Louisville (47-71) picked up their fourth straight win and improved to 24-22 in the second half. They now own a three game lead over Toledo (44-74) for third place in the International League’s West Division. The Mud Hens have now lost six straight.
The teams hook up for game three of their four game series Wednesday night. Pedro Villarreal (3-8, 4.01 ERA) will be on the mound for the Bats against Adam Wilk (4-11, 2.95 ERA) of the Mud Hens. First pitch is set for 7:05.