Louisville is at home tonight. Chad Reineke on the mound. He has pitched two scoreless innings. Bats went 1-2-3 in the first but Soto and Hessman have started off the second with Bats2Bats singles. Nothing comes of it. 0-0 after two.
Chad Reineke's ERA is now 0.51 after these three scoreless frames (and counting) tonight. Hamilton smokes one that the Gwinnett left fielder catches running into the wall at the 375 sign. Inning over. No score through three.
Reineke streak was in serious danger until Billy Hamilton guns a runner down at the plate to end the threat. Soto with a walk to lead things off in the home half of the fourth. In the fifth Hamilton simply outruns a ball hit into the gap and makes a fine backhanded grab. Nice.
I am pretty certain I hear Wooing in Louisville. Phipps reaches first on a single to lead off the fifth. Poor throw on a pickoff attempt sends Phipps to second. Grounder to short and Phipps moves up 90 feet. Runner on third with one out. Yes. Wooing is spreading from stadium to stadium. Phipps is stranded as Reineke and Hamilton strike out. Yep. Strikeouts are the same as any other out.
Reineke has hurled six scoreless frames. Bats need to get him a run.
Gwinnett threatens in the seventh, putting two on with one out. Batter interference for out number two. Fly ball ends the rally. Reineke with seven shutout innings.
Donald and Phipps walk with one out. Got to get one home. Wirfin Obispo on in relief. A fly ball and strike out later and it is nothing nothing on to the eighth.
Curtis Partch will pitch the eighth. Reineke's final numbers are: 7IP 5H 0R 0ER 1BB 4K (0.42 ERA) Partch pitches a scoreless inning. He is 6'5". 238 pounds.
Big mistake. They walked Billy Hamilton to start the bottom half of the eighth. First pitch he takes off and steals second without a thow. 14 for 15 on stolen base attempts. The only time he was caught, I am pretty sure, was when he was picked off and opted to take off for second. Hamilton worries the crud out of Obispo and forces him to balk. Hamilton on third with one out. Infield in. Grounder right at the shortstop. Hamilton is called out but argues that he touched the plate with his hand. He won't win that argument. Two outs, runner on first. Wild pitch moves HRod into scoring position. Soto whiffs. On to the ninth.
Gwinnett gets on the scoreboard. A bunt single, a passed ball, a one-out single. 1-0. Still batting. A balk (the ball fell out of the hand of Partch while he was in the stretch position) and a wild pitch and the runner is at third. Walk. Partch limits the damage with a K and a liner to Burriss at short. Need one for some free baseball. Bats go without even a whimper in the ninth.
Louisville loses 1-0.