--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson, River City Cards
The fireworks weren’t the only things booming at Louisville Slugger Field the Third of July…
Louisville split their series against the Indianapolis Indians, after establishing an early lead, and maintaining until the end. The Bats won 3-2. Homer Bailey had one of his best outings in Louisville’s win.
Gabriel Guerrero started the three-run second inning with his fifth home run of 2018. The nephew of hall of famer Vlad Guerrero got a ball he liked on a 1-2 count, and drilled it over the wall in left-center. Then, Stuart Turner hit a fly ball deep enough to center for DJ Peterson to tag home. Finally, Mason Williams sent Steve Selsky home on a line-drive RBI single.
Kevin Newman got one back for Indy in the top of the third. He looped a pitch to right field; scoring Pablo Reyes.
Indianapolis’s starter lasted 5.2 innings before being pulled from the game. JT Brubaker gave up six hits and one walk, while surrendering three runs, all earned, on 97 total pitches. 62 were in the zone. His ERA raised to 3.77. Brubaker also received the loss.
On the other hand, Bats starter Bailey went into the seventh before being pulled. He cruised through six; only allowing the one run.
When Bailey left, the Slugger Field faithful gave him a standing ovation. He left the game with two runners on with two outs in the inning. The last out was recorded in relief.
Homer finished with 6.2 innings pitched; and allowed seven hits, no walks, and just one run; while striking out eight. He threw perhaps his strongest outing of the season.
Jordan Luplow singled in Indy's next run in the eighth. He ripped a single to right-center. That put the game at 3-2.
Kevin "The Duck" Quackenbush came on in the ninth to save the game.
Louisville moves to 33-47. They travel up to Indianapolis for the second two-game series against Indianapolis, in Indy. LHP Cody Reed (2-6, 4.57) takes on LHP Brandon Waddell (2-4, 7.84). The game will be at 6:15 pm.
Mike Gilpatrick is the editor-in-chief, and senior Bats correspondent for River City Cards