Chris Wallace; BluGrass Baseball photo
Highlights from Saturday Kentucky MiLB action:
- The Louisville Bats scored two runs in the first inning and rode a strong pitching performance from left-handed pitcher Tom Cochran to a 3-1 win over Buffalo. Cochran improved to 4-0 on the season after surrendering three hits in six shutout innings while striking out four batters and walking three.
- The Lexington Legends held off a late rally in an 8-6 win over Hagerstown. Designated hitter Chris Wallace was 2-4 with one home run, one RBI and two runs scored, and center fielder Emilio King was 3-5 with one home run, two RBI and two runs scored in his Legends debut.
- The Bowling Green Hot Rods outhit Great Lakes 6-4 but could not avoid a 3-2 loss. Third baseman Robby Price was 2-3 with one RBI and one run scored.
- Richmond native and former UK outfielder Keenan Wiley was 3-3 with one RBI for high A Lynchburg.
- Paducah native Jonathan Roof was 3-4 with one double and one RBI for low A Hickory.
- Walton native and former NKU outfielder Jake Shaffer was 2-4 with one double and two runs scored for AA Jackson.
- Hawesville native and former WKU infielder Wade Gaynor was 2-4 with one double and one RBI for high A Lakeland.
- London native Jon Townsend homered and drove in two runs in his return from the disabled list for high A Inland Empire.
- Highland Heights native and former NKU right-handed pitcher Josh Lueke earned his second save since his demotion to AAA after recording the final two outs of AAA Tacoma’s win.
- Former Murray St. right-handed pitcher Mike Perconte earned his third win of the season after recording one out for AA Frisco.
In the second April Awards post check out the month’s best performances from the Louisville Bats below:
Hitter of the month: OF Dave Sappelt
- Stats: 29-85 (.341), 4 HR, 11 RBI, 12 R, 2 SBs
- Honorable Mention: Jeremy Hermida, Devin Mesoraco, Yonder Alonso
Pitcher of the month: LHP Dontrelle Willis
- Stats: 2-0, 1.13 ERA, 4 GS, 19 SO/7 BB, 24 IP
- Honorable Mention: Scott Carroll, Chad Reineke, Tom Cochran
The Louisville Bats have unveiled the team’s Opening Day roster, which is highlighted by five of the Cincinnati Reds’ top 10 prospects according to Baseball America. The Bats will also feature right-handed pitcher Matt Klinker, who spent some time at Madisonville North Hopkins High School before moving to Ohio. Check out the full roster below:
- RHP — Scott Carroll — Kansas City, Mo. — 3rd Round (2007)
- LHP — Tom Cochran — Wilmington, Del. — 20th round, Red Sox (2003)
- RHP — Carlos Fisher — West Covina, Cal. — 11th round (2005)
- RHP — Jerry Gil — San Pedro de Macoris, DR — FA, D’Backs (1999)
- LHP — Daniel Ray Herrera — Odessa, Tex. — 45th round (2006)
- LHP — Jeremy Horst — Cheyenne, Wyo. — 21st round (2007)
- RHP — David Johnson — Los Angeles, Cal. — 15th round, Brewers (2004)
- RHP — Matt Klinker — Peru, Ind. (Madisonville, Ky.) — 15th round (2007)
- LHP — Joseph Krebs — Denton, Tex. — 14th round (2007)
- RHP — Kyle McCulloch — Houston, Tex. — 1st round, White Sox (2006)
- RHP — Chad Reineke — Defiance, Ohio — 13th round, Astros (2004)
- LHP — Dontrelle Willis — Oakland, Cal. — 8th round, Cubs (2000)
- Devin Mesoraco — Dubois, Penn. — 1st round (2007)
- Corky Miller — Yucaipa, Cal. — NDFA (1998)
- 1B — Yonder Alonso –Havana, Cuba — 1st round (2008)
- SS — Zack Cozart — Memphis, Tenn. — 2nd round (2007)
- 1B — Daniel Dorn — San Dimas, Cal. — 32nd round (2006)
- 1B — Michael Griffin — Corpus Christi, Tex. — 14th round (2005)
- SS — Kris Negron — Willingboro, N. J. — 7th round, Red Sox (2006)
- 2B — Chris Valaika — Santa Monica, Cal. — 3rd Round (2006)
- Brian Barton — Los Angeles, Cal. — NDFA (2004)
- Todd Frazier — Point Pleasant, N. J. — 1st supp. round (2007)
- Jeremy Hermida — Atlanta, Ga. — 1st round, Marlins (2002)
- Dave Sappelt — Graham, N. C. — 9th round (2008)
The Louisville Bats put on an offense showcase en route to a 10-6 victory over Durham in game four of a best-of-five series. The Bats forced a decisive game five with their victory. Catcher Chris Denove led the Bats with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI. Left fielder Daniel Dorn was 1-1 with three runs scored, a home run and two walks.
Starting pitcher Tom Cochran surrendered six runs in two and one-third innings. Lee Tabor earned the win with four scoreless innings of relief and Logan Ondrusek pitched a perfect 1.2 innings to close the game and earn the save.