Bats split series with the Indians

Go-ahead 2-RBI double by Ervin gives Bats victory (Copyright Patrick L. Pfister 2017 All Rights Reserved)

By Zachary Miller / Louisville Bats | July 16, 2017 4:41 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Louisville Bats (37-56) split the four-game series with the Indianapolis Indians (52-41) following a 6-5 victory on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field.

The Bats struck first for the second straight game after they brought eight batters to the plate in their three-run second inning, highlighted by Alex Blandino's two-run triple, which was his first three-bagger of 2017.

The Indians scrapped a run across in the bottom half of the third after a couple miscues by the Bats that allowed Christopher Bostick to score, making it 3-1 in favor of Louisville.

Darnell Sweeney added a run on in the fifth inning when he hit his fourth home run of the year off the foul pole down the right field line, extending the Bats' lead to 4-1.

The Bats started left-hander Amir Garrett (1-1, 5.76), who pitched five innings while allowing nine hits, five runs, all earned, two walks, and recorded three strikeouts.

The Indians put up a four-spot in the sixth inning when they brought all nine players to the plate, highlighted by back-to-back RBI doubles by Jordan Luplow and Joey Terdoslavich, giving Indianapolis their first lead of the game at 5-4.

The Indians started right-hander Tyler Eppler (6-4, 4.63), who pitched six innings, allowed nine hits, four runs, all earned, one walk, and one home run while recording three strikeouts.

The Bats regained the lead in the top of the ninth courtesy of a Phillip Ervin two-run double that scored Blandino and Sweeney, making it 6-5.

Jimmy Herget closed the game out in the bottom half of the inning, notching his fifth save in as many tries with the Bats.

The Bats will be back home on Monday with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. against the Syracuse Chiefs at Louisville Slugger Field. The Bats are projected to start Robert Stephenson (1-2, 3.15) and the Chiefs plan to start Sean O'Sullivan (1-2, 4.40).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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