--By Mike Gilpatrick
--File photo by Mike Gilpatrick
Someone got their brooms out Thursday. Unfortunately, the Louisville Bats were swept.
The Indianapolis Indians took game three, 8-7, against the Bats, ending their first series against the Tribe this season. While the game was a loss, the Bats fought back, and Brian O’Grady had another deep home run. It was O'Grady's sixth in four games.
Louisville starter Jose Lopez was rocked in his fifth start against Indianapolis. The right-hander only threw 5+ innings, and gave up eight runs, all earned, on six hits and three walks, while striking out two. Lopez received the loss, and his record sits at 2-3.
Lopez allowed Louisville’s 37th first inning run on a groundout from Jose Osuna. The 37 are the most allowed in any frame by Bats pitching. Jason Martin scored.
Juan Graterol hit a no-doubt-about-it double in the bottom of the second, scoring Aristides Aquino and Brian O’Grady. It was the catcher’s fourth double of 2019.
Louisville’s lead did not last long. In the top of the third, the Indians scored four runs. First, Martin plated Nick Franklin on a single to center. Then, Ke’Bryan Hayes homered for two runs to deep center field. Two batters later, Will Craig homered to left.
Rob Refsnyder gave Louisville one run back in the bottom of the third, on his ninth double of the season. Then, O’Grady murdered a home run to right field, and sent it 477 feet to score Refsnyder and himself. The home run tied the game at five runs apiece.
Kevin Kramer un-tied the game in the top of the sixth. He hit his fourth home run, a two-run blast, to center. Lopez was pulled shortly after. Then, Sal Romano walked Hayes with the bases loaded.
Narciso Crook singled to left in the bottom of the sixth and scored Sherman Johnson.
Refsnyder hit a single to left field in the eighth to score Louisville's seventh run.
Lopez received the loss, Indians starter Eduardo Vera the win, and Jake Brentz the save.
The Bats move to 18-28. They face off against the last-place Toledo Mud Hens tomorrow. RHP Rob Wooten (0-0, 4.50) takes on LHP Ryan Carpenter (1-4, 4.15). The first game against the top farm club of the Detroit Tigers is at 7pm.