Louisville is the only team currently playing, with the other affiliates having to wait until Friday to begin their season. After a tough start, the Bats came storming back for a come-from-behind win against Indianapolis.

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The Louisville Bats won 9-8. Box Score

Game Notes

Louisville was down 4-0 and Indianapolis had a perfect game going through the first 10 batters before Hernan Perez hit a 425-foot home run to get the Bats on the board. They would score three more runs in the 5th and then put up a 5-run 6th inning to take a 9-7 lead. Tony Santillan gave up a solo home run in the 9th as the lead shrunk to a single run, but he picked up a strikeout to end the game and seal the Bats first win of the year. It was the first opening day win for Louisville since the 2014 season. That feels like it should be impossible, but here we are.

Sam Moll’s fastball was 90.9-92.7 MPH on the night. Last season he averaged 94.2 on his 4-seamer and 93.5 on his 2-seamer.

It didn’t show up in the box score, but Quincy McAfee made two outstanding, highlight reel caliber plays at second base on the night.

Jacob Hurtubise had 137 plate appearances last season with Louisville. He had five more on Friday night. His on-base percentage in those 142 plate appearances is .539. He has 31 walks and 14 strikeouts with the Bats in his career.

How about another Louisville Bats team stat: This is the second year in a row in which the team has been above the .500 mark at some point during the season. They could not accomplish that feat in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021, or 2022.

Top Pitch Velocity: Tony Santillan – 99.4 MPH (single)

Top Exit Velocity: Hernan Perez – 106.8 MPH (home run)

Furthest Hit Baseball: Hernan Perez – 425 feet (home run)

Highlights

Top 25 Prospects Rundown

With just Cincinnati and Louisville playing the rundown is going to be a bit empty with information for the next few days until other teams begin to play.

3/30 Game Preview

Team Record Time (ET) Probable Box Score Listen Watch
Louisville 1-0 2:05pm Richardson Here Here Here
Chattanooga 0-0 Friday TBA Here Here Here
Dayton 0-0 Friday TBA Here Here Here
Daytona 0-0 Friday TBA Here Here N/A

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9 Responses

  1. Fred Johnson

    I didn’t remember Tony S. hitting close to 100. Rece still putting them out. Hopefully Sam M. gets back on track. Go Bats!

  2. Jim Delaney

    A healthy Santillian could be a big addition to bullpen for Reds later in season. Moll may need entire allowed timeframe to get things right.

  3. MBS

    I don’t remember Santillan’s avg velo in the past, but he’s bringing some heat. It will be interesting to see where he is in a few weeks, both with the velo, and which team he’s throwing that heat for, Reds, or Bats.

    The OF is already looking good, I’m super excited to see that trio crush AAA pitching.

    • Doug Gray

      Santillan averaged 96.3 in 2022 and 2023. While we only have data from his MLB career, and then 2023/2024 in Triple-A, he’s only thrown one pitch faster than the 99.4 he threw last night. Last August he hit 99.6 while in Louisville.

      • MBS

        So it is up, it will be interesting to see if he stays in that range.

    • DaveCT

      Not sure what he averaged with his slider but I saw a few 89’s on gameday. And the pitch was pretty filthy.

      • Doug Gray

        Two 89’s, but one was rounded up. 89.1 MPH was the fastest of his sliders, which is also the fastest one he’s ever thrown that’s been tracked publicly by 0.1 MPH.

        One game doesn’t tell us much, but it’s nice to see the velo reaching or nearly reaching career highs. We’ll see how it goes moving forward.

  4. DaveCT

    Saturday’s Bats game, I’m impressed with Stevie Branche. His sinker was hitting 96 and was jumping around with nice movement. I was thinking, “Okay, that pitch will play.” I’m not sure how he commands his slider normally, but he didnt really have it today. As for 96 mph sinkers at the knees, however … he and Troutwein put his last batter into carbon freeze.