By Josh Cook
The Louisville Bats' offense, missing the first month of the season, is showing some signs of life in May.
Friday night the Bats blistered the Rochester Red Wings 16-3 at Louisville Slugger Field. It was second time this week that Louisville has scored 15+ runs in a game. The Bats blew up for 20 runs Monday night at Buffalo.
Louisville (9-19) averaged only 3.2 runs per game in April while going 7-15. But through the first six games of this month the Bats are averaging 8.2 runs per outing.
Friday night they scored two or more runs in each of the first six innings on the way to their second 13-run victory of the week. Seven Bats batters had two hits against the Red Wings.
Shortstop Zack Cozart went 2-for-4 at the plate, raising his batting average this month to .320. He hit a big three-run homer in the third inning and also scored three runs.
Meanwhile catcher Corky Miller, hitting in the No. 9 position for the Bats, went 2-for-4 with four RBIs and two runs as he raised his batting average for this month to .333.
Daniel Dorn, Wladimir Balentien, Juan Francisco (who is hitting .560 so far in May), Chris Valaika and Todd Frazier each added two hits.
They also provided more than enough run support for Louisville starter Sam LeCure (3-2), who gave up seven hits and three earned runs while striking out seven in seven innings.
Taking the loss for Rochester (12-16) was Yoslan Herrera (0-3), who yielded five hits and five earned runs in only two innings of work.
Louisville will try to keep its resurgent offense going at 6:05 p.m. Saturday night against Rochester in the third game of a four-game series. The Bats players and coaches will wear pink jerseys for the game to promote breast cancer awareness. Afterwards the jerseys will be autographed, then auctioned off on the Bats' website (www.batsbaseball.com) with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen for a Cure Foundation. The online auction will close at 8 p.m. May 16.