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    The Louisville Bats lost another close game Monday night.

    Eury Perez’s two-RBI single in the top of the 13th inning lifted visiting Gwinnett to a 4-3 win at Louisville Slugger Fields over the Bats, who scored once in the bottom of the inning but left the bases loaded.

    The loss dropped Louisville (32-33) below .500 for the first time since May 30 and to 10-14 in one-run games this season.  

    The Bats, who also fell to 1-6 on Mondays (what in the name of Peter Gibbons and Michael Bolton is going on with them?), fell behind 2-0 early before rallying to tie the score on the way to their third extra-innings game in a week.

    The Braves, who were swept by Louisville in mid-May in Georgia, tallied single runs in the first and second innings off Bats starter David Holmberg.

    In the first Gwinnett (31-32), which is last in the International League South, scored when Joey Terdoslavich doubled with two outs, then came home two batters later on Christian Bethancourt’s RBI-single to left field.

    The Braves made it 2-0 when Eric Young Jr. led off the second with a solo home run to left-center field.

    The Bats cut Gwinnett’s lead in half in the bottom of the seventh on Yorman Rodriguez’s one-out solo homer to right field off Braves reliever Kanekoa Texeira.

    Louisville tied it the bottom half of the next inning when Ryan LaMarre led off with a double, then scored two batters later when Jose Constanza grounded into a double play.

    The game stayed that way until the 13th when Sean Kazmar led off with a double off Bats reliever Nick Christiani, who made his franchise record-tying 176th appearance for Louisville. Pinch-hitter Barrett Kleinknecht reached on a bunt single before Daniel Castro grounded out. Christiani then intentionally walked Cedric Hunter before Perez’s ground-ball single to center field brought in Kazmar and Kleinknecht.  

    Louisville tried to rally in the bottom of the inning. Irving Falu received a leadoff walk from Braves reliever Ryan Weber before Constanza grounded into another double play. Steve Selsky followed with a two-out single to right field, then advanced to second on defensive indifference during the Bats’ next at-bat, by Josh Satin. Satin singled Selsky home moments later before Ramon Cabrera singled to center. Satin and Josciel Veras, who was running for Cabrera, both moved up on Weber’s wild pitch before Rodriguez walked to load the bases. However, the next hitter, Hernan Iribarren, grounded out to first base to end the game.

    Christiani (0-2) gave up two earned runs on four hits while walking two in two innings.

    Selsky led Louisville with three hits while Satin, Cabrera and Rodriguez tallied two apiece.

    The three-game series continues at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday night, when Louisville right-hander Donovan Hand (1-3, 4.50 earned run average) is scheduled to face Braves lefty Manny Banuelos (5-1, 2.19).

    Photo courtesy Louisville Bats Facebook Page

     

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