--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photos by Jared Anderson
A walkoff hit from Blake Trahan led to the Louisville Bat’s fourth consecutive series win, and their second straight victory.
That hit was a single on an 0-1 count in the 10th inning. Trahan found a pitch he liked on an 0-1 count and sent it to left; scoring Chadwick Tromp. The final over Rochester was 3-2.
In order to get to that point, the Bats were forced to come back.
Taylor Motter homered in the top of the third inning to give the Red Wings the 2-0 lead. He hit an 0-2 pitch to left for his third home run of the season.
It was the only bad hit Louisville starter Robert Stephenson allowed. In fact, it was the ONLY hit Stephenson surrendered. The Bats ace finished with seven innings; and walked five while striking out the same amount. His ERA lowered to 3.03.
Trahan got one of the runs back in the bottom half of the third inning. The hit went to center; scoring Jeremy Hazelbaker. Then, Steve Selsky drove in CJ McElroy on a sacrifice fly.
Rochester starter Stephen Gonsalves went six innings, and gave up four hits, two runs, both earned, and one walk. He struck out six.
Louisville moves to 46-57. They head north to Toledo to face the Mud Hens. Also in Louisville, the Bluegrass World Series will kick off, and feature a team comprised of former MLB All Stars managed by Reds Hall of Famer Johnny Bench. The Louisville Stars will face off against college wood bat teams. The first game featuring the Stars will be tomorrow at 7:30, at Louisville Slugger Field.