--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
Cody Reed was stellar his last outing against Columbus. He was stellar again against Pawtucket.
The bullpen couldn't hold the lead, however. Luckily, the Bats came back on a hit in the eighth, and defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox, 6-5. It was tied for the Bats largest comeback win of the season.
Reed went six innings in the loss. He gave up one run, which was earned; on one hit and one walk. He struck out seven. His ERA lowered to 3.92.
The only run Reed allowed came in the first inning. Sam Travis grounded out to short, scoring Rusney Castillo from third.
The game went by quickly, and the Bats tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. Brian O’Grady belted a deep, 427-foot home run to right-center, scoring Gabriel Guerrero. It was the left fielder’s fourth home run in 55 at-bats. It was also O'Grady's second home run in as many days.
Pawtucket starter Chandler Shepherd was pulled after the sixth. He gave up two runs, both earned, on seven hits and one walk. He recorded a whopping nine strikeouts.
The Red Sox tied the game in the top of the eighth. Jantzen Witte belted a double off of Tanner Rainey to the right-field corner, scoring a run. Then, Mike Miller drove in two more runs on a double to left. Castillo added another run on an RBI single.
Blake Trahan scored on a catching error by the first baseman in the bottom of the eighth. O'Grady was the batter when it happened.
Nick Longhi grabbed the lead in the bottom of the eighth. He ripped a double to the right-field corner, giving Louisville the 6-5 lead.
Kevin "The Duck" Quackenbush entered the game in the ninth to secure the Bats win.
Louisville moves to 51-61. Newly-sent-down RHP Tyler Mahle (NR, NR) takes on RHP Mike Shawaryn (0-0, 5.69). The game will be at 7pm. It is Thirsty Thursday.