--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats have won three in a row to close out their last homestand in August. Louisville’s oldest active professional team defeated the top farm club of the Pittsburgh Pirates, the division leading Indianapolis Indians, 4-2.
Louisville jumped out first. Brian O’Grady hit his seventh double of the year to the corner in right, scoring Gabriel Guerrero. Guerrero was the hero in last night’s walkoff win.
Then, Josh VanMeter added a run in the bottom of the second. He had his 23rd double to left, plating Taylor Sparks.
The Indians pulled their starter after the second inning. Damien Magnifico gave up two walks and three hits in addition to his two runs. He managed to strike out two.
Indy got one back in the top of the third. He hit a monster home run to left-center, his 10th of the season, on a 2-2 count.
Jordan Luplow hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the top of the sixth.
Tyler Mahle put together an outstanding performance. He went seven innings, and gave up five hits and one walk. He struck out four. The game was a quality start.
Hernan Iribarren un-tied the game in the bottom of the eighth. Indianapolis put runners on first and second with no outs, O'Grady bunted both runners down, sacrificing himself. One out. Then, Indianapolis intentionally walked Tim Federowicz; wanting a match-up with Iribarren with the double-play in-order.
Iribarren grounded to short, who turned the ball to second, and was too slow to first. the play drove in a run from third, giving Louisville the 3-2 lead.
Then, CJ McElroy gave Louisville an insurance-run the next at-bat. He looped a single to left, plating a run from third.
Louisville moves to 57-71. They play the Indians in Indianapolis, starting tomorrow. RHP Lucas Sims (4-5, 2.99) faces RHP Mitch Keller (2-2, 5.31). The Bats return home on Labor Day Weekend for the final homestand of 2018.