5/3 at Durham Game Notes

• VS. DURHAM: The Bats are 0-2 against Durham in 2012. Last year the Bats went 5-3 against the Bulls and 2-2 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The last four times that Louisville has made the playoffs they have been defeated by Durham.

• DOT, DIGGITY: Louisville’s .232 team avg and 4.97 team era are both 13th in the IL…The Bats are hitting .263 (67-255) through the first eight games of the current 12-game road trip… LOU is 13th in the IL with its .200avg w/RISP, NOR is last at .195…The Bats are 5-9 against teams starting a RHP…The Bats are 5-10 against teams with a record below .500…The Bats are 2-15 when their opponent scores first…OF Daryl Jones has nine hits on the year and seven for extra bases (3 2b, 1 3b, 3hr)…Felix Perez is on a six-game hitting streak and Neftali Soto has a seven-game streak.

• ON THE MOUND: RHP Sean Gallagher makes his sixth start for the Bats and will be opposed by RHP Chris Archer. Gallagher had his best outing of the season last time out on 4/28 at NOR. He went season high 7.0 innings and allowed four hits and two earned runs in the win. In his previous two road starts, he was 0-2 with a 19.80 era, allowing 11 earned runs in five innings. The Bats are 2-3 in his five starts. Gallagher spent all of the 2011 in Pittsburgh organization with the Indianapolis Indians, going 5-11 with a 5.11 era in 29g (23 starts).

• EIGHT OUT, NINE UNDER: With yesterday’s loss and Toledo’s win, the Bats fell a season-high eight games back in the IL West Division race. Last year the Bats fell a season-high 16.0 games back on 8/13, 9/3 and 9/4. They were not eight games out of the race until 5/27. The Bats have not been nine games below .500 since they were 36-45 on 7/1/10. That year the Bats finished the season 79-64 and first in the IL West. They were eight games out (-8.5) as late as 7/30/10 before catching Columbus on the last day.

• CONTROL PROBLEMS: On the season Bats pitchers have walked a league high 129 batters. GWN is second with 117 walks. The Bats have 208 strikeouts to 129 walks, which is just a 1.61-to-1 K/BB ratio. Three times, including yesterday Monday, the Bats have walked ten or more batters. They walked ten on 4/17 vs. TOL, 11 on 4/19 vs. TOL and a season-high 13 on Monday vs. NOR. Louisville hadn’t walked 11 batters in one game since 4/25/05 and ten was the season high in 2007, 2010 and 2011. Monday marked the first time that the Bats have walked 13 in a game since July 6, 1998 when the Redbirds lost to Indy at Cardinal Stadium (Johnny Ruffin 5, Robert Ellis 1, Rafael Roque 2, Al Sadler 4, Matt Dunbar 1).

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