--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Seth Spalding
The Louisville Bats walked it off against the best team in their division. They defeated the Indianapolis Indians, 5-4; thanks to a late-hit by Gabriel Guerrero. Indianapolis entered the game 69-60, tied with the Columbus Clippers for the division lead.
Louisville had the lead first. Josh VanMeter hit a leadoff home run on the first pitch of the game, to right field. It was his 10th home run of the season.
Indianapolis had a pair of home runs in the top of the third. First, Eric Wood hit his ninth, a solo-shot, to left. Then, Jose Osuna hit No. seven, also to left. The homer scored Tyler Eppler and Jordan Luplow. It gave Indianapolis the 4-1 lead.
All four runs were attributed to reliever Jackson Stephens. Stephens pitched three innings, and gave up the runs on five hits, one walk, and two long balls. His ERA raised to 5.32.
He relieved for Keury Mella. Mella left the game with the trainer after two innings. The right-hander only allowed one hit, while striking out one.
Tyler Eppler, the Indianapolis starter, went six innings, and allowed just the one run, along with five hits and one walk. He struck out four.
The comeback took place in the ninth. Down 4-1, Louisville loaded the bases with one out. Taylor Sparks struck out. Then, VanMeter walked a run in. Blake Trahan singled on a grounder, scoring Hernan Iribarren.
Guerrero's walk-off came the next at-bat. He ripped a line-drive single to center, plating across VanMeter and Steve Selsky to end the game
Louisville moves to 56-71. Tyler Mahle (1-1, 3.18) takes on RHP Nick Kingham (4-3, 3.88). The game will be at 6:30pm. The game is Boy Scout night.