--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo also by Mike Gilpatrick
We’re in the endgame now. The Louisville Bats opened their final series of the 2019 campaign Sunday, against the Indianapolis Indians.
Looking for a strong finish to 2019, the Bats defeated the Indians 8-2. Tejay Antone pitched seven good innings for the Bats, as well as scored a run, and Jose Peraza went three for five, and scored three runs.
Antone only allowed two earned runs in his win. He gave up three hits, did not walk any, and struck out 10. One of his strikeouts marked the 1,130th of 2019 for the Bats staff, setting a franchise record for strikeouts in a season. His record finishes at 4-8 with a 4.65 ERA.
Chadwick Tromp opened scoring in the first inning. He lined a single into right, plating Peraza and Christian Colon. Then, Blake Trahan singled on a fly ball to right field, scoring Narciso Crook.
Will Craig hit his 23rd home run in the top of the second inning. It was a solo shot to left.
In the bottom of the second, Colon scored Antone on a sacrifice fly to left. Antone led off the inning with a double. Then, Crook hit an RBI single to left, scoring Peraza.
Kevin Kramer scored Indianapolis’ second run in the sixth. It was off a groundout by Jake Elmore.
Mitch Nay countered with a line drive single in the sixth, also scoring Peraza. Then, Brian O’Grady hit his 30th double to right, scoring Nay.
Alfredo Rodriguez scored Tromp in the bottom of the seventh. He hit a grounder to center fielder Jason Martin.
Louisville moves to 59-80. They look for win No. 80 tomorrow against the Indians at 1. LHP Eric Stout (2-1, 6.63) faces off against RHP James Marvel (6-0, 2.91). It is the final baseball game at Louisville Sluger Field this season.