--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Summer is coming to a close in Louisville. The Louisville Bats are in their final week of the 2019 season, bringing the 20th season at Louisville Slugger Field to its final chapter. So far, the Bats have made it a memorable one, winning three consecutive games; and playing competitive baseball; including a 26-inning scoreless streak.
Additionally, a former Bat in the big leagues has been named the 2019 International League Rookie of the Year.
Here’s a few updates for Wednesday entering Wednesday’s game:
Early Week Results
Monday vs. Columbus: Louisville Bats 9, Columbus 0
Christian Colon went 4 for 5, drove in two runs, and touched home plate twice against Columbus Monday. Tyler Mahle also pitched a convincing start, going five innings, and allowing just three hits and one walk, while striking out six in the Bats win.
Tuesday vs. Columbus: Louisville Bats 6, Columbus 0
Louisville continued its scoreless streak of 26 innings Tuesday, lowering its team ERA to 3.95 since July 1st; making the Bats one of two International League Clubs to have a sub-four ERA in the span. Narciso Crook went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI, while Mitch Nay drove in two on a single in the seventh. Tejay Antone also went seven innings deep and struck out nine, and allowed just five hits and a walk.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 vs. Columbus; 7:00 pm
Thursday, August 29, 2019 vs. Columbus, 7:00 pm
Friday, August 30th at Toledo, 7:05 pm
Saturday, August 31st at Toledo, 7:05 pm
Aristides Aquino was named the International League Rookie of the Year yesterday, after hitting .299 with 13 doubles, 28 home runs, 52 RBIs, and a .992 OPS in 78 appearances. He is the first to win the IL ROY since a first baseman named Joey Votto won it in 2007.
His 28 home runs were the most in a season for Louisville in Reds affiliation history.
Additionally, Aquino had shown power in the major-leagues, hitting 12 home runs in his first 25 games. In 98 plate appearances, the Punisher slashed .307/.378/.750, with an OPS of 1.128. He set an MLB record with 10 home runs in 16 games this month.
Additionally, Aquino was named an IL Postseason All-Star.
Reds Infielder Jose Peraza was optioned to Louisville yesterday, after batting .237 with 12 doubles, 2 triples, and 6 home runs.
You can catch him at Slugger Field for four more games, including Wednesday. Louisville will face Indianapolis on Sunday and Monday, their final games of the 2019 season.