--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
Their last time out, the Louisville Bats and Norfolk Tides set a Slugger Field scoring record.
This time out, there was not a scoring record set. But the Bats did get away with a victory; something they were unable to do in their record-setting night. Behind a walkoff hit, the Bats were able to defeat the top farm club of the Baltimore Orioles 5-4.
Keury Mella looked efficient in his first four innings. He gave up just one hit during his first four. The fifth, however, he gave up two back-to-back bombs. Mella finished with five innings pitched, and gave up five hits, and two earned runs. He walked one and struck out five.
In the bottom of the fourth, Rob Refsnyder grounded out to short, and scored Josh VanMeter. Then, Juan Graterol hit his second double of 2019 on a liner to center, plating Brian O’Grady and Nick Longhi. The Bats led 3-0 after four.
During the inning, Norfolk Starter Luis Ysla was pulled from the game. He only managed to pitch 3.2 innings, and gave up three runs, all earned, on two hits and four walks. He only struck out two.
Mella’s two earned runs in the fifth were to former Louisville Bats. Mason Williams, one of Louisville’s 2018 IL All-Stars, belted a home run to the patio in right-center field. Then, 2017 Bats alum Zach Vincej blasted a shot to left.
The Bats would get one of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth. Christian Colon perforated a single to right field, driving in Sherman Johnson.
After Mella, Cody Reed came on to pitch three really efficient innings. He gave up just two hits, while striking out five over 33 pitches.
Williams tied the game in the top of the ninth. He hit a massive two-run blast to center field. Anthony Bass blew the save.
In the bottom of the tenth, Brian O’Grady hit a walk-off single to win the game.
Louisville moves to 9-14. They look to win the series tomorrow. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (1-1, 5.75 ERA) goes up against RHP Luis Ortiz (0-2, 5.87). The game is at 2pm, and is Military Appreciation Day.