Email bulletin from the Bats:
April 15, 2005
RICHMOND, VA- The Louisville Bats dumped the Richmond Braves 5-2 in the Braves home opener Friday at The Diamond. Tony Pena stretched his hitting streak to eight games and Braves pitchers notched 11 strikeouts, but Steve Kelly pitched six shutout innings to lead the Bats to the win.
Louisville snapped a scoreless tie in the fourth on an RBI single by Kenny Kelly. William Bergolla doubled a run home in the fifth to make it 2-0. The Bats scored two in the sixth on a sac fly and a wild pitch. Bergolla scored on a wild pitch after he smacked a triple to make it 5-0 in the seventh. The Braves rallied in the eighth helped by walks and had the tying run at the plate before Todd Coffey shut the door to earn his second save. Andy Van Hekken took the loss for Richmond
Kelly Johnson had two hits for the Braves. Alex Herrera struck out the side in a relief appearance in the ninth. Bergolla went 3-for-4 to lead the Bats.
I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.