Apr 25, 2011
(Louisville, KY) Louisville drew seven walks against Alex Torres (1-2) as the Bats took the first of four games against Durham on Tuesday night, 8-3. Durham (11-9) now is 1-3 on an 11-game road trip, and has lost three straight games for the first time this season.
Torres, who had walked just six total batters in his first three starts, allowed two walks and a hit in the first, loading the bases with none out. Torres did a great job to limit the damage to a Yonder Alonzo sac fly in the first.
However in the third inning, Torres again walked two and allowed a single to load the bases with none out. This time Louisville scored two for a 3-0 lead on another sac fly from Alonzo and a Torres wild pitch.
Louisville put the game out of reach with four in the fifth. A one-out error led to four unearned runs, the last three on a three-run two-out homer (off reliever Paul Phillips) by Fred Lewis, who was with Louisville on MLB rehab. Lewis was on base five times in the leadoff spot to lead a 10-hit, eight-walk attack.
With the bullpen shorthanded and the game out of reach, catcher Craig Albernaz pitched a 1-2-3 eighth. Russ Canzler had the only two-hit game for Durham, which is 1-for-24 the past two games with runners in scoring position.
Durham meets Louisville (13-6) again on Wednesday at 6:35. Coverage begins at 6:20 on 620 the Buzz. Brian Baker starts against Matt Maloney, who has joined the Bats from Cincinnati.