--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Entering Tuesday; the Louisville Bats were 4-7 against the Indianapolis Indians, and 0-4 at Louisville Slugger Field.
Louisville’s oldest active professional team moved their home record to 1-4 against the top Pirates affiliate when they exited the field. They defeated the Indians, 7-6.
Newcomer Brad Markey, who owned a 5.60 ERA in Double-A Tennessee (Cubs affiliate), impressed in his Reds organizational debut, going six inning, and giving up two earned runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out one batter in 82 pitches. Markey received the win.
Louisville jumped out on top in the first inning. Brian O’Grady hit his 15th bomb of 2019 to the patio in right-center, scoring Alex Blandino and himself.
The Bats added to their lead in the second. Christian Colon plated Sherman Johnson and Stuart Turner with a single to left. Then, O’Grady plated Blandino on a single on the first pitch of the at-bat.
Indians shortstop Jung Ho Kang narrowed Louisville’s lead in the third and fifth. In the third, he hit a bloop single to short right, plating Steven Baron. In the fifth, he hit his third double of 2019 to left, also plating Baron.
Scott Schebler doubled for the third time to plate O’Grady and Phillip Ervin in the fifth. Louisville led 7-2 after five.
Indianapolis came mostly back in the seventh against Bats reliever Jackson Stephens. First, Corey Dickerson sacrified on a fly ball to left, plating Baron. Then, Kang hit another RBI single to right. Will Craig hit a ground ball single to right, adding another.
Indianapolis cut Louisville’s lead from five runs to one.
Ian Krol came on in the top of the ninth to close out the game. The loss went to Dario Agrazai.
The Louisville Bats move to 24-34. They look to take the series tomorrow at 7pm. Keury Mella (4-4, 4.71) takes on RHP Luis Escobar (0-0, 2.51).