--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats returned to Slugger Field on Tuesday to kick off a seven-game homestand. They lost game one to the Indianapolis Indians, 4-3. Bats starter Keury Mella gave up two home runs, and received his fourth loss of 2019. Louisville managed to record 11 hits in the loss. Louisville tried to rally late, but came up short.
Mella threw 5+ innings, and gave up four runs, four earned, on six hits and two walks. He struck out four Indians on 87 pitches.
On the second pitch of the game, Jason Martin hit home run No. 3 on a line drive to right field. Mella left a ball over the heart of the plate.
Then, in the top of the third, Ke’Bryan Hayes doubled on a grounder to left, scoring JB Shuck.
Bats shortstop Christian Colon plated Refsnyder in the bottom half of the inning, looping a 1-1 pitch on the upper outside corner to Shuck in left.
Kevin Kramer hit his third home run in the top of the fourth. It was a solo shot to left.
The Indians hit back to back doubles in the top of the sixth. Will Craig sent Jose Osuna home on a 3-1 pitch, which nearly left the ballpark. The pitch landed above the top of the solid portion of the left-field wall, but below the fenced-in area and the yellow line.
Mitch Keller, No. 21 in MLB.com’s top 100 prospect list, and the No. 4 right handed pitching prospect; started the game for Indianapolis. Keller showed why he is ranked highly. He tossed seven innings of one-run baseball, gave up six hits, and struck out seven batters. Keller won the game.
A rally came in the ninth. It was a little short.
Louisville loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning with one out. Sherman Johnson struck out in a pinch-hit situation for the second out. Then, Rob Refsnyder singled in two runs through the gap on the right side of the infield. Colon walked.
With a 3-2 count, Scott Schebler struck out swinging to end the game.
The Bats move to 18-26. Vladimir Gutierrez (1-4, 9.26) faces RHP Alex McRae (4-2, 5.62). The game is at 11am, and is education day at Louisville Slugger Field.