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    With temperatures plummeting to the mid-30s by game’s end, the Louisville Bats’ bats went as cold as the weather. The Bats mustered just four hits and scored only one run in Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens.

    Mud Hens starter Thad Weber was stellar in his six innings of work, thwarting an offense fresh off a nine run performance Monday. In six innings, Weber gave up just three hits, one walk and struck out eight.

     The Hens scored one run each in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. Brad Eldred had an RBI double in the fourth, Bryan Holaday had an RBI double in the fifth, and Audy Ciriaco cracked a leadoff home run in the seventh.

    Louisville’s lone run actually came in an inning in which they did not get a hit. Felix Perez led off the eighth inning with what looked like a double but was ruled as a two base error against left fielder Jared Head. Perez tagged up and advanced to third on a fly out by Daryl Jones and scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Valaika.

    Louisville starter Jeff Francis went five innings giving up two runs on four hits, walking one and striking out nine. Travis Webb relieved Francis with a scoreless sixth before giving up Ciriaco’s homer. Ron Mahay and Josh Judy pitched a scoreless inning each.

    Louisville’s strikeout problems continued as Bats hitters struck out 12 times, bringing their season total to 67 in just six games. Louisville’s team batting average fell to .210 for the season.

    The Bats and Mud Hens hookup for game three of the four game series Wednesday. Louisville will send Brett Tomko (0-1, 5.40 ERA) to the mound. Toledo’s starter has yet to be determined. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35.

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    Avid fan of all things sports--especially the Louisville Bats. Lover of all things Louisville. 2007 graduate of Doss High School and future 2012 graduate of the University of Louisville.

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