Bats get swept away by Ottawa
By Darren Desaulniers
Special to The Courier-Journal
OTTAWA, Ontario — Canada has not been kind to the Louisville Bats.
After losing two days to bad weather and frozen fields, the Bats lost a doubleheader yesterday to the Ottawa Lynx, 3-2 and 3-1.
The Bats have started the season 0-3, with all three losses to Ottawa.
"Well, we don't have to come back here, and that's all I can say," Bats manager Rick Sweet said. "We just need to get out of here."
Louisville will start a four-game series in Syracuse tonight.
"I understand it's going to be a little nicer down there where we shouldn't have some of these problems, but (the Lynx) just outplayed us," Sweet said. "That's all there is to it."
The lone error of the game cost the Bats in yesterday's opener.
Louisville took a 1-0 lead in the second when Rob Stratton drew a leadoff walk and scored on a double by Brian Buchanan. Stratton then homered to lead off the fourth, making it 2-0.
The Lynx's comeback started when shortstop Jeff Bannon fumbled a routine grounder by Brandon Fahey to open the sixth inning, allowing Fahey to reach first. Alejandro Freire then singled, and Andy Tracy doubled to score Fahey.
Jake Robbins then relieved Bats starter Mike Gosling. After a pop out, Keith Reed singled to score Freire.
Ottawa scored the winning run in the ninth off reliever Jason Standridge (0-1), when Eddy Garabito singled home Val Majewski, who had doubled to open the inning.
Lynx reliever Eddy Rodriguez (1-0) entered in the eighth and earned the win, throwing two scoreless innings.
In the second game, the Lynx scored twice in the first off starter Elizardo Ramirez (0-1). The Bats scored a run in the sixth, but Tracy homered in the sixth to restore the two-run lead.
"I really thought our pitching did a nice job, our defense was not very good and offensively we did not hit like we will hit," Sweet said.