The Red Wings scored six unanswered runs to come back from a 3-0 deficit and beat Louisville 6-3 Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field in the opener of a four game series.
The Wings took the lead for good in the top of the seventh inning when they scored two runs thanks to four two-out singles. They scored in five consecutive innings from the fourth to the eighth inning.
Louisville jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jason Bourgeois and Ruben Gotay reached base with singles. Bourgeois was later brought in by Rey Navarro on one of his three hits on the night. Navarro finished 3-for-4 in the game with a single and two doubles and an RBI. Gotay scored when Thomas Neal reached on an error.
The Bats tacked on another run in the bottom of the third inning, and their offense would be done for the night after Felix Perez scored on Neal's groundout.
The Red Wings right-handed starting pitcher Mark Hamburger had a streaky game. He gave up two runs in his first inning, including two lead-off singles to the Bats who would eventually score. He did retire Louisville in short-order in the second and fourth innings. He pitched five innings, gave up five hits, three runs (two earned), three walks and had three strikeouts. His outing did not factor into the decision.
Rochester ended the shutout in the top of the fourth after two leadoff doubles scored James Beresford. They tied the game in the top of the sixth inning at 3-3 after Wilkin Ramirez reached with a leadoff single in the inning and Doug Bernier would receive a groundout RBI later in the inning.
Lefty David Holmberg (1-6, 4.90) had another solid outing in his first start since getting his first victory on July 28 against Charlotte. However, he took the loss after being relieved in the top of the seventh inning by right-handed pitcher Tim Crabbe. Holmberg's final line was six and two-thirds innings pitched. He gave up eight hits, four runs (three earned), a walk and had three strikeouts.
Crabbe's appearance was his first for the Bats since July 3 when he pitched in Indianapolis. He was activated from the seven-day disabled list yesterday. His outing would not factor into the decision, but he was pitching when Rochester took a 5-3 lead in the top of the seventh inning but the runs factored into Holmberg's line for the night. He pitched one and one-third innings, gave up four hits, an earned run and had a strikeout.
The four-game series continues Sunday at 6:05 p.m. Right-hander Josh Smith (9-4, 4.42) will be on the bump for Louisville. He will go against another righty in Alex Meyer (6-4, 3.05) for the Red Wings.