--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
The Louisville Bats retired Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese’s number prior to their 5-2 win over Rochester on Saturday. Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, and Reese was one of his greatest supporters. Reese was also a Louisville native, and 1984 inductee to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
A stellar performance from Cody Reed and a couple home runs made sure to honor both hall of famers.
Reed was stingy. He was at 63 pitches through the first five and a third. Rochester didn’t have their first run until the sixth inning. The left-hander finished with 7.2 innings pitched, and gave up two runs on four hits and no walks; while striking out nine.
Steve Selsky put Louisville on the board in the bottom of the second. He hit a home run six rows up in left field; his ninth long-ball of 2018. It was on the first pitch of his at-bat.
Then, in the next inning, Taylor Sparks hit his first home run in Triple-A; an absolute moon-shot to center field; also on the first pitch of the at-bat.
Rochester starter DJ Baxendale didn’t make it to the fifth. He gave up six hits and two earned runs; while striking out four. He lasted four innings.
Gregorio Petit tied the game in the top of the sixth. He ripped a fly ball to right, scoring Jeremy Hazelbaker and Taylor Motter.
Josh VanMeter un-tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center in the bottom of the seventh to center. The out scored Blake Trahan from third.
DJ Peterson added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth; hitting an RBI single to left. Then, Hernan Iribarren singled to the right-field corner to add another run.
Kevin Quackenbush came in to save the game in the ninth. Reed received the win, and Baxendale the loss.
Louisville moves to 45-57. They face off in the series finale tomorrow at 6. RHP Robert Stephenson (10-6, 3.06) looks to continue his hot streak against LHP Stephen Gonsalves (7-3, 3-04). The pitcher’s duel will also be the final game of the homestand; and the first before the Bluegrass World Series.