The Bats capitalized on four 8th inning runs, partially thanks to Ryan Jorgensen‘s 2 rbi single. Jeff Kepinger went 2-5 and was the only Louisville player with multiple hits. The 27 year old 3B is now batting .367/.433/.475.
The Lookouts broke out the proverbial whipping stick in this one, pounding out 17 hits to Birmingham’s 4. Caonabo Cosme went 3-5 and was a homerun shy of a cycle. Enrique Cruz added 3 hits of his own and was a triple shy of the cycle. Cruz also scored 2 runs and drove in 2. Paul Janish and Ryan Hannigan, like Cruz and Cosme, scattered 3 hits, all of which were singles. Finally, Jay Garthwaite and Marland Williams could not quite hit with the big boys. Jay and Marland only managed 2 hits each, with Jay pounding his 8th homerun and driving in 3 rbis.
Richie Gardner improved to 2-1 on the year with the win. Gardner pitched 6.2 innings of shutout baseball, scattering 4 hits while striking out 6.
Adam Rosales and Craig Tatum only had 1 hit each, but both made the most of their singles. Rosales and Tatum each had 2 rbi singles in the 8th inning which sparked a 4 run, 8th inning comeback by Sarasota.
Josh Roenicke recorded his 16th save of the season with a perfect 9th inning. Roenicke has struck out a whopping 41 guys in 27.2 innings pitched as the Reds closer.
Dayton DNP – Dayton is off the next couple of days for the Midwest League All-Star game.
Also of note, the Billings Mustangs and Gulf Coast League Reds both get their seasons underway tonight.