--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
Louisville Bats baseball returned to Slugger Field Tuesday, opening a six-game homestand. The series opener was also the return of the Louisville Mashers, and was the last “Cheers to Bourbon” night of the season.
The “Mashers” lost 3-2, to the Pawtucket Red Sox.
The PawSox scored their first run in the second inning. Oscar Hernandez drove in Jantzen Witte on an RBI single to left.
Then, in the third, The Red Sox added two more. Sam Travis hit an RBI single to right, scoring Rusney Castillo. Josh Ockimey sent former Cincinnati Reds star Brandon Phillips home on a single to left.
The Mashers got one back in the bottom of the third. Brian O’Grady drove in Taylor Sparks on a groundout to first.
Jose Lopez (5-9, 4.51) started the game and had a decent outing. He settled in nicely, putting up zeros in his final two frames. The right-hander went five innings, and allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and one walk. He struck out four. He also lowered his ERA to 4.47.
Brian O’Grady mashed a home run to right field in the bottom of the sixth. It was his third homer of the season.
The Bats, who won 15 of their last 20 entering the game, move to 50-61. LHP Cody Reed (4-8, 4.06) tales on RHP Chandler Shepherd (6-7,3.91) tomorrow at 7pm. The game is at Louisville Slugger Field.