• VS. COLUMBUS: The Bats are 2-4 against Columbus in 2012 and 1-1 at Louisville Slugger Field. They went 12-9 overall and 9-2 vs. the Clippers at Louisville Slugger Field in 2011. The two teams have combined to win the last four IL West Division Crowns, with the Bats taking top honors in 2008, 2009, and 2010, and COL taking the division in 2011.
• DOT, DIGGITY: 4/13 vs. COL marked the first time all season that the Bats had a lead after seven innings…The Bats have been outhit in eight of their first ten games are are 2-6 in those games…After going homerless in their last four contests, the Bats hit 2hr last night (Frazier-solo, Navarro-solo) and the effort was the first team multi-HR game since opening night when the team hit three (Janish-2, Valaika)…The Bats are 3-0 in series openers and 0-6 in non-series openers.
• HOME OPENER: The Bats are now 6-5 in their last 11 home openers and 2-1 against COL during that span. They had faced Columbus twice in their home opener, losing 12-4 on 4/9/09 and winning 5-4 on 4/7/03.
• ON THE MOUND: RHP Brett Tomko makes his second start of the season and will be opposed by RHP Zach McAllister. In his debut with the Bats on 4/6 at COL, he went 5.0 innings and allowed 3er on 5h while taking the loss. He gave up 2hr, walked two and had 7k. Tomko was just activated from the 7-day DL after suffering from a right abductor spasm. He was signed to a minor league deal with Cincinnati on 2/19/12. He debuted with CIN in 1997 and made 89 appearances (79 starts) in three seasons thru 1999 (29-26, 4.53era). Since 1999, he has appeared in ML games with nine other teams (SEA, SD, STL, SF, LAD, KC, OAK, NYY, TEX). In parts of ten seasons, Tomko has a 31-16 record with a 4.68era in Triple-A.
• BULLISH PEN: The Bats’ bullpen recorded 4.1 innings of scoreless baseball Friday night as Travis Webb picked up the win, Scott Carroll the hold, and J.J. Hoover the save. On the season the Bats’ pen is 2-1 with two saves and a 2.49era. They have allowed just 12er in 43.1ip, while striking out 45 and walking 22. They have inherited 21 runners and just three have scored, good for a clip of .143. Carroll and Josh Judy have yet to allow a run this season in a combined 11.0ip. Kanekoa Texeira and Carlos Fisher allowed their first earned runs of the season yesterday.
• RISPY BUSINESS: The Bats went 1-for-9 with RISP for the second straight game. On Friday night, their one hit with RISP was a big one—it was a two-out, two-run double by Chris Valaika in the bottom of the fifth to put the Bats ahead of COL 3-2 before going on to win 4-2. On the season they are hitting just .113 (9-80) with RISP through ten games and have struck out 28 times while producing just 18rbi. Last year, LOU hit .262 with RISP.
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