Email from the Bats:
April 17, 2005
Richmond, VA – Former Braves farmhand A. J. Zapp broke an 0-for-21 slump, doubling home two runs in the top of the ninth inning to give the Louisville Bats a 6-4 victory over the Richmond Braves, Sunday afternoon in an International League game at The Diamond in Richmond.
Phenom third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and left fielder Stephen Smitherman both singled with two outs. Frank Brooks relieved Buddy Hernandez and Zapp greeted him with a double that plated both runners and broke a 4-4 tie.
Encarnacion had given the Bats the first of their four leads with a first-inning solo home run. Smitherman made it 2-1 with a run-scoring single in the sixth. Both had two hits, as did Kenny Kelly.
Louisville starter Jared Fernandez worked into the seventh inning, but wasn’t involved in the decision. Carlos Mendez led off the inning with a solo home run off Fernandez, who gave up two more hits before being replaced by Tom Shearn. Pinch-hitter Derrick Gibson singled to make it 3-3.
Aaron Holbert singled home Smitherman with the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth, but the Braves answered back in the bottom of the inning when Andy Marte singled to score Tony Pena.
The series continues at 7 p.m. ET on Monday at The Diamond.
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.