--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Roscelle Griffin
The Louisville Bats returned to Louisville Slugger Field, and avoided being swept by the Indianapolis Indians on Sunday.
Louisville defeated the circle city 3-2, ending a strange series where they were in Indianapolis for two games, on Friday and Saturday; and in Louisville for Sunday. Louisville won in come-from-behind fashion. Strangely enough, a position player started for Indianapolis.
Vladimir Gutierrez gave up two runs in the first, then pitched five more scoreless innings. He received the win by going six innings, and gave up five hits and one walk, while striking out seven Indians. The two runs he allowed were off a home-run. His record improved to 5-11.
Jake Elmore was the culprit, hitting his sixth home run to left, plating Cole Tucker and himself.
JB Shuck is the left fielder for Indianapolis. The 32 year-old has tried pitching some this season, including a start Sunday. Shuck lasted 2.2 innings, and gave up just one run on two hits, while walking three. The outfielder also struck out two in the no-decision.
The minor leagues are an interesting place. It’s a place players can try different things; and see if they can play both sides of baseball. With two-way players like Brendan McKay and Shohei Ohtani, some players may want to see if they can pitch as well as hit.
The only run he allowed was on a walk to Alex Blandino in the third. Shuck walked the Louisville third baseman with the bases loaded, pushing Gutierrez home.
Shuck was removed, and Rookie Davis entered the game. Davis received his fifth loss of the season.
Mitch Nay played long ball in the sixth inning. He hit his fourth home run to left center, plating Blandino and himself.
Eight games remain in the 2019 campaign. Two more are against Indianapolis. Tyler Mahle (0-2, 9.00) continues his rehab stint tomorrow against Columbus. The Clippers haven’t named a starter yet. The game will be at 7:00 pm, at Louisville Slugger Field. It will continue the penultimate homestand of 2019.