By Josh Cook
Rain and one poor inning from Aroldis Chapman did in the Louisville Bats on Saturday night.
Host Pawtucket beat the Bats 1-0 in a rain-shortened game that was called after 5 1/3 innings at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, R.I.
Before the rains came it was quite a pitching duel between Ramon A. Ramirez and Chapman.
Ramirez (1-1) allowed only one hit - a fourth-inning single by Yonder Alonso - while striking out eight (including the first six he faced) over five innings.
Meanwhile Chapman (5-4), who got rocked by the Red Sox for seven runs over two innings five days ago, lost his second straight start. This time around he gave up only four hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out nine over five innings this time around.
Unfortunately for Chapman, and the Bats (28-35), his walks came back-to-back with two runners on base in the fourth inning to score the game's only run.
Angel Sanchez led off the bottom of the fourth with a single before Chapman struck out back-to-back batters.
However Chapman then gave up a single and walked back-to-back batters to score Sanchez.
Chad Paronto relieved Ramirez to start the sixth inning and gave up a single to Chris Valaika. Michael Griffin followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Valaika to second before Paronto walked Drew Sutton. But the rains came with Paronto pitching to Zack Cozart. It was delayed before officially being called.
Pawtucket (28-35) and Louisville meet again at 1:05 p.m. Sunday for the second game of the series.
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