- VS. THE G-BRAVES: The G-Braves took the first game of the season series on Thursday night, 8-5, and the Bats followed that with a 22-1 thumping last night. Last year the Bats went 3-5 against the G-Braves and 1-3 at Louisville Slugger Field. The Bats are 13-11 against the Braves since they moved from Richmond to Gwinnett prior to the 2009 season. They are 6-7 at LSF during that span. The teams have two games left in this series at Louisville Slugger Field and four games at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, GA from 8/10-8/13.
- DOT, DIGGITY: LOU has lost 11 of 14 games since their season-high nine-game winning streak from 6/18-6/26… Every Bats starter, not counting the pitcher, has recorded a hit the last two games. That is the fourth time that has happened this year (4/30 at NOR, 5/8 vs. NOR, 7/12 vs. GWN, 7/13 vs. GWN). 7/12 vs. GWN is the only time that every Bat starter, including the pitcher has recorded a hit… Didi Gregorius is 5-for-10 with 2 2b and 2rbi in his first two Triple-A games… With a loss tonight the Bats will tie their season-low mark of 27 games under .500… The Bats are 10-42 when being outhit by their oppopent and 22-8 when outhitting their oppenent… Dioner Navarro is tied for the league lead with six sacrifice flies… Travis Webb’s 37 games are tied for first among all IL pitchers with Fernando Cabrera of BUF… As a team, the Bats are last in IL with their .242avg and 13th with their 4.50era.… LOU is last in the IL with a .230avg w/ RISP.…The Bats are 28-35 against teams starting a RHP and 6-25 against LHP… LOU is 13-49 when their opponent scores first. Their opponent has scored first in 62 of 94 games… The Bats have used 4 or more pitchers in 71 of 94 games (1 pitcher: 1x, 2: 8x, 3: 14x, 4: 54x, 5: 13x, 6: 2x, 7: 2x)… Bats pitchers lead the IL in walks (381) and have a 1.69 k/bb ratio (643k/381bb).
- ON THE MOUND: RHP Chad Reineke makes his 18th start of the season for the Bats, second behind RHP Sean Gallagher (19). His 97.0ip are tops on the team. His last time out on 7/5 at IND, he recorded a no-decision after allowing 3er in 5.0ip on 7h and 2bb with 7k. Eight of his 17 starts have been quality starts but the Bats are just 6-11 when he takes the hill. His ERA at home is 3.67 and on the road it’s 5.23. Tonight will mark his third career start against GWN. He faced the G-Braves twice in 2011, losing on 6/30 vs. GWN (L, 5.0ip, 6h, 3r-2er, 2bb-1K) and recording a no-decision on 7/21 at GWN (ND, 5.0ip, 5h, 3r-3er, 1bb-5k). Reineke went 9-7 with a 3.84 era in 25 games (22 starts) with the Bats last season. He appeared in two games last year with CIN, making one start (5/31 vs. MIL, L, 6.1ip, 5h, 6r-5er, 5bb-2k, 2hr).
- RECORD BREAKING NIGHT: Last night the Bats scored a franchise-high 22 runs. The previous high was 21 on 9/1/03 vs. COL. Their previous high for runs scored this season was 11 (6/16 vs. ROC, 6/21 vs. SWB). The seven runs in the second inning marked a season-high for the Bats, just two off of the franchise high of nine, which has been accomplished nine times. Their previous high was six (4/18 vs. TOL, 4/28 at NOR, 6/21 vs. SWB, 7/13 vs. GWN). The 23 hits last night was just one off of the franchise high of 24 (5/3/10 at BUF). Their previous high this season was 16 (6/18 vs. SWB, 6/23 at PAW).
- MORE FROM FRIDAY NIGHT: The Bats were 12-for-20 with runners in scoring position and raised their average with RISP from .221 to .230. Seven players had multi-hit nights, including a five-hit game from Phipps and three-hit games from Gregorius,Rodriguez, Paul, and Puckett. Five players scored three runs last night (Phipps, Rodriguez, Soto, Navarro, Puckett). Prior to last night a Bats player had scored three runs in a game just four times. Soto’s five RBI last night were a season-high for a Bats player.
- PHIPPS SHOW: Last night Denis Phipps recorded a five-hit game (5-6, GS, 3R, 4RBI, BB, K) and raised his average from .158 to .180. The five-hit game was the first of his career. He previously had two four-hit games (6/25/11 w/Car vs. Huntsville – 4-4, 2B, 3B, 2R, RBI, BB; 8/12/06 w/GCL at GCL Pirates – 4-5, HR, 2R, 2RBI).
- GRAND SALAMI: Last night both Denis Phipps and Chris Valaika recorded grand slams, marking the first time that the Bats have hit two grand slams in one game since 8/9/07 (Paul Janish, Aaron Herr). In Louisville’s franchise history, dating back to 1982, they have only hit two grand slams in a game three times. The only other time occurred on 5/15/84 (Gary Rajsich, Mark Salas). The grand slam was the second of Valaika’s career. He also hit on on 8/4/06 while with Billings vs. Missoula (2-4, GS). Phipps has now hit three grand slams in his career. He hit two grand slams in 2007 with Dayton. One on 7/5/07 vs. Great Lakes (2-6, 2B, GS, 3R, 6 RBI) and 7/13/07 at Clinton (1-5, GS, 5RBI).
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