Bats Broadcaster Nick Curran joined Media Relations Assistant Paul Taylor to chat about the Bats’ recent hot streak, going 7-3 in their last 10 games. They also talk about Jermaine Curtis, who is off to a torrid start at the plate, and pitchers Tim Adleman and Josh Smith, who are a combined 4-1 on the season.
The International League, along with all other full-season minor leagues from Low-A to Triple-A, held Opening Day last Thursday, April 7th. As of this writing (April 12th, 10 am), that’s the only day your Louisville Bats have played a game. Due to snow, rain, sleet, and extremely cold temperatures in Toledo, the Bats could not play Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.
So, Delino DeShields took his club to Columbus to play three games before coming home on Thursday. But, last night (Monday), a strong line of thunderstorms postponed the game, forcing a double header Wednesday afternoon.
Bats’ pitcher Stephen Johnson summed it up best:
Do the baseball gods ever want the @LouisvilleBats to play? ☔☔☁
— Stephen Johnson (@StephenJohnsun) April 11, 2016
Well, Stephen, the forecast for the first couple home games is looking great- with highs this weekend potentially reaching into the 80s.
But enough about the warm weather-let’s talk about winter in Toledo and how bad weather has affected not only the Bats, but also the rest of the International League.
As of April 12th at 12 noon, just five teams have played the full slate of five games- four of them in the South Division: Charlotte, Durham, Gwinnett, and Norfolk. Pawtucket has also played to a 2-3 record through their first five games.
Louisville and Toledo have played just the opener, the fewest in the league, while division rivals Columbus and Indianapolis have only played twice-and that was a doubleheader on Sunday.
Here’s a little bit of math to show you just how much the weather has messed with the schedule the first five days of the league calendar:
With 14 teams in the league, there are seven games scheduled on a given night, with six scheduled last night (Indy and Toledo had a scheduled off day-go figure!). So, that adds up to 34 total games possible in the first five games. According to the Minor League Baseball stat portal, there have been 13 gate openings lost due to weather. That amounts to just over 38% of the games scheduled to this point.
It is important to note that Syracuse and Lehigh Valley were scheduled to open the season with four games in New York. However, due to field conditions, all four were postponed, and two of those games were moved to Lehigh Valley. They played a double header on Friday that was not open to the public, with Syracuse playing as the home team.
— Louisville Bats (@LouisvilleBats) April 9, 2016
The Bats and MudHens have not announced make up dates for the three games lost due to the snow. Louisville returns to Toledo three more times this season, so there will be extra baseball scheduled sometime soon.
Think warm thoughts, Bats fans, and we’ll see you Thursday night for Opening Night at Louisville Slugger Field. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.
Numerous former Louisville Bats have been making their marks on the 2015 MLB Postseason with their current clubs. With the Division Series round wrapping up tonight in Los Angeles, let’s take a look at how they’ve done so far.
Johnny Cueto (8 games with Louisville in 2007 and 2011)
Last night, Johnny Beisbol finally gave the Royals the outing they dreamt about when they acquired him from the Reds at the trade deadline. In the ALDS’ decisive Game 5 Wednesday night at The K, he allowed just two runs on two hits with no walks and eight whiffs in eight innings as the Royals eliminated the upstart Astros with a 7-2 win. The performance was much better than his start in Game 2, where he allowed four earned runs over six innings and took the no-decision in the Royals’ 5-4 win. The win last night was the first of his Postseason career after three winless starts for the Reds in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Edwin Encarnacion (110 games from 2005-07 and in 2009)
What else can you say about Edwin besides he crushes baseballs? The Blue Jay went 6-for-18 (.333) against the Rangers in the ALDS, including multi-hit performances in three of the five games. He scored three runs and drove in three, including one each on a monster solo homer to tie Game 5 at 2-2 in the bottom of the 6th. (A lot of stuff happened after that and the Blue Jays defeated the Rangers 6-3 to advance to the ALCS, but we won’t go into too much detail. There was weird stuff, a long delay, stuff thrown on the field, a bunch of errors, benches clearing a couple of times and a very manly three-run homer by Joey Bats that included an epic bat toss… yeah, toss, not flip.) Encarnacion also walked five times in the ALDS, three of them intentionally, and struck out just once. 2015 marks his first career Postseason appearance.
Josh Hamilton (11 games in 2011)
The 2010 AL MVP struggled in his return to the Postseason with the Rangers, going just 3-for-18 without scoring or driving in a run in the ALDS. He struck out five times and recorded just one walk. Despite five straight All-Star years that included three Postseason berths in his first stint with Texas, Hamilton is now just a .202 career hitter in 42 total Postseason games.
Edinson Volquez (17 games in 2010 and 2011)
Volquez started for the Royals suffered the loss in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Astros, surrendering three runs on five hits and four walks despite striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings. He is now 0-3 in three career Postseason starts (one each the with Reds, Pirates and Royals) with a 8.76 ERA, but he will start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Blue Jays Friday at Kauffman.
Travis Wood (34 games from 2009-11)
Wood made three appearances for the Cubs out of the pen in the NLDS against the Cardinals, two of them scoreless. In all, he allowed one earned run in 3 2/3 innings with no walks and four strikeouts and earned the win in Game 2. 2015 is Wood’s second appearance in the Postseason after also appearing in one game and throwing 3 1/3 scoreless innings for the Reds in the 2010 NLDS against the Phillies.
Didi Gregorius (48 games in 2012)
Gregorius went 1-for-3 in the Yankees’ AL Wild Card Game loss to the Astros at Yankee Stadium on October 6, the first and only Postseason game of his young career.
Chris Denorfia (174 games in 2005 and 2006)
Denorfia came off the bench for the Cubs in the NL Wild Card Game and all four NLDS games against the Cardinals. He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk at the plate. 2015 marks his first career Postseason action.
Yasmani Grandal (4 games in 2011)
Grandal is 1-for-8 with a pair of RBI in two starts for the Dodgers against the Mets in the NLDS. Grandal is battling a sore shoulder and the Dodgers say he is “50-50” to start the decisive Game 5 tonight at Chavez Ravine. 2015 marks his first career Postseason action.
Dioner Navarro (62 games in 2012)
The 2012 Bats All-Star registered one start and one pinch-hit appearance for the Blue Jays in the ALDS. In his Game 3 start at Globe Life Park, he went 1-for-4 with a double and run scored in Toronto’s 5-1 win. 2015 marks his third trip to the Postseason after helping the Rays advance to the World Series in 2008 (where he went 6-for-17) and appearing in two games for the Reds in 2012.
David Ross (12 games in 2007 and 2008)
Ross earned the start in Game 1 for the Cubs against the Cardinals’ John Lackey, but went 0-for-2 at the plate in the Cubs’ 4-0 loss. This is Ross’ sixth time in the Postseason (Dodgers in 2004, Red Sox in 2008, Braves in 2010 and 2012 and Red Sox in 2013 when he earned a World Series ring).
Drew Stubbs (126 games in 2008 and 2009)
Stubbs saw limited action for the Rangers in the ALDS, appearing as a defensive replacement in three games and striking out as a pinch hitter in Game 4 in his only plate appearance.
Also of note: Delino DeShields
Not a former Bat, but the son of current Bats manager Delino DeShields, Junior went 7-for-24 (.292) in his first career Postseason action for Texas, scoring four times and knocking in a pair. Three of his seven hits were doubles and he also stole a base before the Rangers before they fell at the hands of the Blue Jays.
Ryan and Robert wrap up the Bats’ 2015 campaign in the season’s final episode of The Bats Weekly Podcast.
In the season’s penultimate episode of the Bats Weekly Podcast, Ryan and Robert talk September call-ups, Robert Stephenson’s road struggles and what to look for over the final week of the season.
When he was acquired from the Giants on July 31 in a trade for right-hander Mike Leake, outfielder Adam Duvall led all of Minor League Baseball with 26 home runs.
Duvall, a Louisville native and Butler High School graduate, who also played collegiately at both Western Kentucky University (2007) and the University of Louisville (2009-2010), went deep in his first at-bat as a Bat and three more times in his first 12 games with Louisville this season.
Despite going homerless in his last 49 at-bats with Louisville, and batting .189 in 25 games as a Bat, the Reds recalled Duvall before Monday’s game in Chicago. Although Duvall was not in the starting lineup, he was tabbed for a pinch-hit opportunity in the top of the sixth and made the most of his first at-bat as a Red.
The Louisville native’s two-run home run gave Cincinnati a 7-5 lead, and helped push the Reds to an eventual 13-6 win over the Cubs.
The home run also capped an impressive stretch of debuts for Duvall. Last night’s blast was the fourth consecutive team debut in which Duvall has gone yard. He hit a home run off Mike Leake in his first at-bat as a Giant, on July 26, 2014, then hit a walk-off homer in this season’s opening game with the Sacramento River Cats (Triple-A San Fransisco) on April 9, before homering in his first at-bats with both Louisville and Cincinnati.
Duvall, however, wasn’t the only former Bat to go yard for Cincinnati last night, as Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez hit a two-run blast two batters before Duvall’s blast.
Right-hander Michael Lorenzen was also recalled by Cincinnati, and started Monday’s game against the Cubs. Lorenzen allowed five earned runs on six hits and one walk with six strikeouts in four and two-thirds innings.
Lorenzen was on the hook for the loss when he was pulled with the Reds down 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth, but he did not factor in the decision as Suarez and Duvall combined to put the Reds ahead in the sixth.
In his most recent stint with Louisville, Lorenzen made three starts going 2-1 as he allowed just three earned runs on 14 hits and four walks with seven strikeouts over 24 innings.
With September 1 now upon us, and the MLB rosters expanding, hopefully Duvall won’t be the last Bat to make an impression in his debut with Cincinnati this season.
Bats radio voice Nick Curran joins Ryan and Robert to talk Bats baseball and broadcasting on this week’s edition of the Bats Weekly Podcast.
Ryan and Robert discuss the Bats recent transactions and what to watch for over the final three weeks of the 2015 season.
Ryan and Robert discuss the Bats last week of games and bring on RHP Collin Balester and OF Ryan LaMarre to talk about their strong play of late.
Ryan and Robert talk about Louisville’s long road back to .500, and the importance of the Bats’ coaching staff in the team’s recent surge.