PHIPPS SHOW: Yesterday afternoon OF Denis Phipps went 3-for-3 with a three-run home run in the fifth and a solo shot in the seventh. He finished with a season-high six runs batted in. It was the second multi-home run game of the season for the Bats. Paul Janish also did it in the season opener with two solo shots. The six RBI in a game is a season-high for any Bats player. The previous high was five, which was accomplished twice by Neftali Soto (7/13 vs. GWN, 7/19 at COL). It marks Phipps’ second multi-HR game of his career. He also did it on 5/16/09 as a member of the Sarasota Reds vs. Jupiter (2-3, 2-run, 3-run). With six RBI he tied a career-high. He did it on 7/5/07 as a member of the Dayton Dragons vs. Great Lakes (2-6, 2B, GS, 6rbi, 3r).
TEN SPOT: With the win yesterday, RHP Sean Gallagher (10-9, 4.92) became the Bats’ first ten-game winner since Matt Maloney (10-7, 3.34) won ten games in 2010. No Bats pitcher has won more than ten games since Justin Lehr won 13 between LHV and LOU in 2009 (LHV-5, LOU-8). No Bats pitcher has won more than ten games for the Bats since Adam Pettyjohn (15-6, 4.59) won 15 and Maloney (11-5, 4.68) won 11 in 2008.
SOTO SHOT: IF Neftali Soto went 1-for-5 yesterday and has recorded hits in 20 of his last 23 games. He is hitting .371 (33-89) with 10 2b, 1hr and 4rbi during his last 23 games. He has nine two-hit games and two three-hit games during the stretch. He leads the team with 29 multi-hit games. He also leads the Bats in games (108), at-bats (416), hits (106), runs (51), doubles (28), home runs (14), RBI (56), and total bases (176).
CHACARRONIN’: OF Felix Perez went 1-for-4 last night and leads the Bats with a .297avg. He is second on the Bats with 104 hits. His 104 hits are a career high. His previous high was 91 in 2011 (CAR-84, LOU-7). He was the first Bat in 2012 to reach 100 hits. Last year the Bats had six players reach that plateau, led by Devin Mesoraco and Jerermy Hermida, who both had 126 (Dorn 111, Valaika 109, Alonso 106, Cozart 100). He has raised his average 101 points since it was .196 on 5/15. Perez is hitting .331 at home and .270 away from LSF. His monthly average has improved every month. In April he batted . 226, May .228, June .327 July .352. and he is hitting .352 thus far in August. He has hit safely in 20 of his last 23 games, hitting .372 (32-86) with 9 2b and 10rbi. His 24 multi-hit games are second on the team and he leads the team with six three-hit games. He recorded four hits 6/26 at BUF (4-5, 2 2b).
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Denis Phipps hit two home runs and tied a career high with six runs batted in as the Bats downed the Clippers, 9-8.
First pitch tonight is at 6:05 and gates open at 5:00. Great weather tonight and just eight home games remaining, so come on out to Louisville Slugger Field.
- DOT, DIGGITY: Last night the Bats suffered their third four-game sweep of the season and their first on the road. They were also swept vs. TOL (4/17-4/20) and vs. IND (6/30-7/3)…The Bats have walked 508 hitters, which leads the league, and have a 1.75 k/bb ratio (891k/508bb). Their 508 walks are the most in a season since they walked 517 in 2004. Their most walks ever in a season was 586 in 1999…LOU is 21-62 when their opponent scores first. Their opponent has scored first in 83 of 128 games… LOU is 25-31 in the second half and 15-21 since the All-Star break…Cody Puckett is 5-55 in his last 13 games…Mike Costanzo is 3-30 in his last nine games…LHP Travis Webb’s 50 games are tied for the league lead and RHP Nick Christiani is tied for fourth with 48… OF Denis Phipps is hitting .282 when batting leadoff and .150 (28-187) when batting elsewhere… The Bats are 11-32 against teams starting a LHP and 37-48 against teams starting a RHP… LOU is 30-13 on the year when outhitting their opponent and 14-57 when being outhit… As a team, the Bats are 14th in IL with their .244avg and 13th with their 4.58era… The Bats have used 4 or more pitchers in 96 of 128 games (1 pitcher: 1x, 2: 12x, 3: 19x, 4: 69x, 5: 17x, 6: 6x, 7: 3x, 8: 1x).
- ON THE MOUND: RHP Pedro Villarreal makes his 18th start of the year for the Bats and will be opposed by LHP Eric Berger. He has lost four straight starts and has a 10.34 era (15.2ip, 18er) in those starts. Last time out on 8/13 at GWN he allowed nine runs, eight of which were earned, and eight hits in just 1.1 innings. He won two of his first three starts with the Bats (5/9 vs. NOR, 5/20 at LHV), but has just one win since (7/15 vs. GWN). The Bats are averaging 3.1 runs/game (53r/17g) when Villarreal starts and his 11 unearned runs allowed leads the team. In seven of his 17 starts, the Bats’ offense has gotten him one run or less in support. He has allowed 3er or less in 13 of his 17 starts and has nine quality starts. The Bats are 4-13 in his 16 starts. He earned the win in his Triple-A debut with the Bats on 5/9 vs. NOR. He allowed just 2er in 5.2ip with 0bb and 7k. While with Double-A Pensacola, he went 1-2 in 6g with a 3.57era and just 6bb to 26k. 12 of his 23 starts between PEN and LOU have been quality starts. The Blue Wahoos were 3-3 in his six starts. He has set career highs in losses with 12 (Lou-10, Pen-2) and games started with 23 (Lou-17, Pen-6) this year and is approaching season highs in innings pitched, strikeouts and several other categories. Last season he made a combined 27 starts with Single-A Bakersfield and Double-A Carolina. At BAK he was 4-3 with a 4.34era and at CAR he was 7-4 with a 4.42 era. With a combined record of 11-7 he tied for second in wins among all Reds minor leaguers and he ranked ninth with a 4.39era.
- HOOVER NAMED MARY E. BARNEY AWARD WINNER: RHP J.J. Hoover has been named the 2012 Mary E. Barney Award winner, which recognizes the team MVP. Past recipients have included Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and Devin Mesoraco. He pitched a perfect eighth inning last night in relief (1ip, 0er). He is 4-0 with 12 saves and a 1.29era in 28 games this season. He has converted 12 of 13 save opportunities. He has allowed an earned run in just four of 28 appearances this season. In 35.0 innings pitched he has allowed just 13 hits and opponents are hitting just .112 against him. He has 51 strikeouts to just 12 walks. In 16 games at LSF, he is 2-0 with eight saves and a 0.90era. On the road he is 2-0 with four saves and a 1.80era.
- SOTO SHOT: IF Neftali Soto has recorded hits in 18 of his last 21 games. His season-high nine-game hitting streak was snapped Sunday after an 0-4 performance. The longest streak by a Bat this season is ten by OF Joey Gathright (5/24 to 6/4). During his last 21 games he is hitting .363 (29-80) with 10 2b, 1hr and 4rbi. He has nine two-hit games during the stretch and last night recorded a three-hit game. He leads the team with 28 multihit games on the year. He leads the Bats in games (106), at-bats (408), hits (102), runs (49), doubles (27), home runs (14), RBI (55), and total bases (172).
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bats will begin their final four-game homestand of the 2012 season Saturday, August 18 at Louisville Slugger Field with a 6:05 p.m. first pitch for the first of four games against the Columbus Clippers, Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
Star first base prospect Neftali Soto and the Bats have just eight home games remaining in 2012. Following these four games, the Bats will again host the Clippers on August 28 and 29 and then the Indianapolis Indians will visit Louisville Slugger Field to close the season on September 2 and 3.
Birdzerk will perform during the game on Saturday, August 18. Sunday, August 19 will feature a pre-game autograph session with all Bats’ players and coaches along with kids run the bases following the game and the Kids Inflatable FunZone in the Hall of Fame Pavilion from 1 to 4 p.m. Meijer Baseball Bingo will be featured on Monday. Tuesday, fans will be able to purchase $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi Products.
The entire 2012 Bats schedule, including updated promotions and special events, can be found online at www.batsbaseball.com. Full and partial season tickets, along with group outings and suite rentals are available by calling the Bats front office at (502) 212-2287. Tickets are available at the Louisville Slugger Field box office, on-line at www.batsbaseball.com/singlegametickets or by calling the Bats ticket office directly at (855) 228-8497. Regular hours at the Louisville Slugger Field box office and for ordering tickets by phone are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
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Louisville Bats Homestand Highlights • August 18 – August 21, 2012
Saturday, August 18 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 6:05 p.m.
- Appearance by Birdzerk presented by Belterra
- Big Kahuna Backyard Bash on Overlook Grill and Patio: $3 cheeseburgers and $3 Land Shark and Bud Light Lime (14 oz.) until the end of the 7th inning; Buddy Bat autograph signing from 5 to 5:30 p.m.; Face painting from 5 to 6 p.m.; Karaoke with 102.3 The MAX FM from 6 to 8 p.m.
Sunday, August 19 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 2:05 p.m.
- 2012 Bats Pre-Game Autograph session with players and coaches – from 12:50 to 1:30 PM on the field
- Kids Inflatable FunZone: Kid’s inflatable play area will be set up in the Hall of Fame Pavilion from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Postgame Kids Run the Bases
Monday, August 20 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 7:05 p.m.
- Meijer/Pepsi Baseball Bingo
- Meier Monday – $2 off field reserved ticket with Meijer register receipt
Tuesday, August 21 – Louisville Bats vs. Columbus Clippers, 7:05 p.m.
- $1 Hot Dogs and Pepsi Products
- DOT, DIGGITY: This the final game of a stretch where the Bats played 27 of 37 games at home in a span of 41 days…The Bats had seven hits last night and Neftali Soto, Felix Perez and Brian Peacock all had two-hit games…The Bats’ four-game winning streak came to a close with last night’s 8-4 loss. The four-game streak was the second longest of the season following their season-high nine-game winning streak (6/18-6/26)… RHP Pedro Villarreal leads the team with 10 unearned runs on the season…LOU is 24-23 in the second half and 14-13 since the All-Star break…The Bats are 24.0 games out of the IL West race with 25 games remaining…In their last seven games, the Bats are hitting .224 (15-67) with RISP… Henry Rodriguez is 3-for-32 in his last eight games… Jordan Smith’s has a 2.11era on the road and a 7.66era at home… Travis Webb’s 47 games are tied for the most in the IL and Nick Christiani is tied for fourth at 45… The Bats are 11-29 against teams starting a LHP and 36-43 against teams starting a RHP… They are 29-11 on the year when outhitting their opponent and 14-51 when being outhit…The Bats are 20-56 when their opponent scores first. Their opponent has scored first in 74 of 119 games… As a team, the Bats are 13th in IL with their .245avg and 13th with their 4.51era… The Bats have used 4 or more pitchers in 90 of 119 games (1 pitcher: 1x, 2: 12x, 3: 16x, 4: 64x, 5: 16x, 6: 6x, 7: 3x, 8: 1x)… Bats pitchers have walked 467 batters, the second highest total in the league (TOL, 474) and have a 1.80 k/bb ratio (839k/467bb). It’s their most walks in a season since they walked 517 in 2004. The most ever walks in a season is 586 in 1999… LOU has a league low three shutouts.
- ON THE MOUND: RHP Sean Gallagher makes his team-leading 24th start for the Bats and will be opposed by LHP Casey Crosby. He has won three of his last five starts. In his last start on 8/4 vs. CHA he picked up the no-decision after allowing three runs off of eight hits in six innings of work. He walked two and struck out three. The Bats lost Gallagher’s first three starts, but have won in 14 of his last 20 starts (14-6). 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 last 20 starts he has ten quality starts and has gone at least 5.0 innings all but three times. He was 3-2 with a 4.14era in six July starts. Righties are hitting .248 against him while lefties are hitting .268. He has recorded wins in eight of his last 16 starts. He is tied for fourth in the IL with 63 walks. He is 1-1 with a 5.31era in four starts against TOL this season. He faced TOL on 7/28 at Fifth Third Field and recorded the win after pitching a season-high eight innings and allowing four earned runs. Gallagher spent all of the 2011 season in the PIT organization with IND, going 5-11 with a 5.11 era in 29g (23 starts).
- FEAR THE PEACOCK: C Brian Peacock recorded his first home run and his first two-hit game in Triple-A last night. He went 2-for-3 with a two-run shot. He is 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and three RBI in his last two games played and has raised his average from .154 to .205. Peacock batted .304 with a three doubles, and eight RBI in 25 games at Double-A Pensacola. His home run was his first since 7/2/11 with Potomac vs. Wilmington (3-5, 3B, HR, 3RBI). He hit two home runs in 2011, both with Potomac.
- RELIEF MAN: RHP J.J. Hoover is 4-0 with 11 saves in 25 games this season. He has converted 11 of 12 save opportunities. He has allowed a run in just four of 25 appearances this season. In 32.0 innings pitched he has allowed just 12 hit and opponents are hitting just .113 against him. He has 47 strikeouts to just 11 walks. In 16 games at LSF, he is 2-0 with eight saves and a 0.90era. On the road he is 2-0 with three saves and a 2.25 era.
- SOTO SHOT: IF Neftali Soto went hitless in six straight games from 7/20 to 7/25. Since then he has recorded hits in 11 of his last 13 games and is on a six-game hitting streak. During the last 13 games he is hitting .333 (17-51) with six doubles and two runs batted in. He has six two-hit games during the stretch and leads the team with 24 multihit games on the year.
- CHACARRONIN’: OF Felix Perez leads the Bats in batting average at .288 and hits at 90. With one more hit he will tie a career-high in hits with 91 (CAR-84, LOU-7 in 2011). On 8/3 vs. CHA his average reached a season-high .289, which is a rise of 93 points since 5/15 when his average sat at .196. At Louisville Slugger Field, Perez is hitting an impressive .326 and hit his first home run of the season at home last night. He is batting .256 away from LSF. His average has gone up every month. In April he batted . 226, May .228, June .327, and in July he hit .352. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 13 games and is hitting .383 (18-47) with 5 2B and 5rbi. His 20 multi-hit games are fourth-most on the team and he is tied for the team lead with five three-hit games. He had a four-hit game 6/26 at BUF (4-5, 2 2B). Last night he went 2-3 with a double, two runs an RBI and a walk.
- STREAKIN’ AT THE SLUG: The Bats are 7-4 in their last ten home games and 11-7 in their last 18. They are 27-35 at home with nine games remaining. They were a season-high 12 under (16-28) at home on 7/12. They must win all nine to avoid a losing record at home. They have not had a losing record at home since they went 35-37 in 2005.
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David Bell talks Nick Masset, Todd Redmond and Mike Costanzo following a 5-3 win over the Toledo Mud Hens.