ON THE MOUND: RHP Sean Gallagher makes his 12th start for the Bats and will be opposed by RHP Tanner Roark. In his last start on 6/2 vs. DUR, he picked up the loss going 2.2 innings and allowing seven hits and two earned runs. The Bats lost Gallagher’s first three starts, but have won six of his last eight (6-5). In his first three starts he did not get into the sixth inning once and recorded an 0-2 record with a 13.04 era (9.2ip, 14er). In his previous seven starts prior to struggling last time out he was 4-1 with a 3.32 era (43.1ip, 16er), had five quality starts, and went at least 5.0 innings every time out. Prior to the loss on 6/2 he recorded the win in his last three starts. Gallagher spent all of the 2011 season in the Pittsburgh organization with the Indianapolis Indians, going 5-11 with a 5.11 era in 29g (23 starts).
LEATHERVILLE: The Bats lead the IL with a fielding percentage of .985 and have a league-low 34 errors, six less than SWB, who has the league’s second lowest error total at 40. The Bats are the only team in the IL to not commit at least three errors in a single game. Their team-high for errors in a game is two and they have done that six times. Opponents have only scored 18 unearned runs against LOU, just one more than the league-best DUR (17). The Bats have played 33 errorless games and are 12-21.
GATHRIGHT ON THE MONEY: OF Joey Gathright recorded a hit in his first 10 games after joining the Bats on 5/24. His 10-game hitting streak was snapped Tuesday night after he went 0-for-4, but stands as the longest streak of the season for a Bat. Kristopher Negron (5/10-5/17) and Neftali Soto (4/25-5/3) each had eight-game hitting streaks. Saturday evening Gathright went 3-for-4 with a double and a season-high three RBI. It was his second multi-hit game of the year. The other multi-hit performance was a three-hit game on 5/29 vs. SYR (3-5, 2RBI). He is batting .304 (14-for-46) with two doubles and 6rbi.
DORN AGAIN: IF/OF Danny Dorn has recorded a hit in 14 of his last 17 games and 14 of his last 15 starts. Prior to going 0-for-3 in the second game of the double header he had recorded at least one hit in 14 straight starts. During that stretch he is hitting .328 (20-61) with seven doubles, a home run and three RBI. He has raised his average from .174 to .225 in the last 17 games. With 86 career doubles as a Bat, he ranks third on the all-time list.
RISPY BUSINESS: The Bats were 1-8 w/ RISP last night and failed to move their only runner of Game 2 past first base. LOU’s avg. w/ RISP is a league-low .206. In their last 16 games, 13 of which were losses, the Bats have hit .167 (22-132) w/ RISP and have left 114 runners on base. LOU has scored a run in 20 of their last 134 innings. They have scored just two runs in the first three games at SYR and since beating DUR 7-0 on Sunday have managed just three runs in their four games since, all losses.
25 UNDER, 17 OUT: The Bats are 25 games under .500 for the first time since they finished the 1997 season at a league-low at 58-83. They have not been 26 games under since they finished the 1991 season at a franchise-worst 51-92, 41 games under .500. The Redbirds first reached 26 games under since they were 39-65 on 7/27 following a 2-1 loss at Iowa. Louisville is also a season-worst 17.0 games out of the IL West race. They have not been 17.0 games out of the division race since they finished the 2005 season 23.0 games behind the IL West Champion Toledo Mud Hens. They first reached 17.0 games out on 8/15 that season following a 12-3 loss to SWB.
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