The Norfolk Tides finally broke through late against the Louisville Bats Sunday afternoon, scoring five unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings en route to a 7-4 win, ending the Bats’ bid for a three game winning streak. The Bats have yet to win three straight this season.
Louisville led 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh when Carlos Fisher replaced starter Chad Reineke. Fisher gave up two walks then, with two outs, a single to Matt Antonelli and a double to Jamie Hoffman that tied the game. Fisher was lifted for Travis Webb who allowed the go-ahead run to score on a wild pitch. It was the fourth blown save in ten save opportunities by Bats pitching.
Bill Bray, who is on rehab from the Cincinnati Reds, gave up a solo home run to Bill Hall and an RBI single to Blake Davis in the eighth for the final margin.
The Bats (9-15) lost for just the third time when scoring first. After Denis Phipps reached on a two-base error in the first, Neftali Soto doubled to score Phipps for a 1-0 Louisville lead. Soto was 3-for-4 in the game with three doubles and two runs batted in. Daryl Jones added to the Bats’ lead in the fourth with a solo homer.
Norfolk battled with two runs in the fourth on a run-scoring double from Joe Mahoney and a sacrifice fly from Chris Robinson.
In the sixth, Soto doubled home Phipps again after Phipps had walked to lead off the inning. The Bats tacked on another run in the seventh on Felix Perez’s single, giving them their second two-run lead of the night.
The Bats, who got a quality start from Chad Reineke (the fourth consecutive by Bats starters), fell to 6-3 when receiving a quality start from their starting pitching.
The two teams wrap up the four game series Monday afternoon at 12:15. Andrew Brackman (1-3, 8.82 ERA) looks to end his streak of rough outings against Chris Tillman (2-2, 5.30 ERA). The Bats are looking to win their second series of the season.