Ninth inning heroics lift Bats past Knights, 5-4

Phillip Ervin drives home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth (Copyright Patrick L. Pfister 2017 All Rights Reserved)

By Logan Jones / Louisville Bats | July 9, 2017 5:10 PM ET

LOUISVILLE, KY - The Louisville Bats (35-53) have taken the series finale against the Charlotte Knights (38-49) after Sunday's 5-4 walk-off victory at Louisville Slugger Field, marking the end of the first half of the 2017 season.

Amir Garrett took the mound in his fourth start for the Bats this season, and his afternoon ended after six and two-thirds innings. In that span, the hurler gave up two runs on six hits, and he walked just two and struck out four.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Bats were the first to get on the board with the help of Eric Jagielo's two-out walk. Adrian Nieto then came to the plate and scorched a double to deep right field, bringing Jagielo around to score.

After retiring the first eight batters he faced, Amir Garrett surrendered the tying run with two outs in the top of the third when the Knights strung together a trio of hits.

This 1-1 tie would only hold until the bottom of the inning when Hernan Iribarren led off with his sixteenth double of the season. A wild pitch soon moved him to third, and Sebastian Elizalde reached on a one-out error, allowing Iribarren to score.

The Knights would tie the game once more in the sixth inning, which began with Garrett walking his first batter of the game. Rymer Liriano followed up with a double to center, plating Tyler Saladino and evening the score at two. A caught stealing and two quick outs allowed Garrett to limit the damage and escape the inning.

In the top of the ninth, a pair of Charlotte singles put men on first and second with two outs. The Knights then pinch-hit Cody Asche, who pulled through with a two-run double, putting them in front of the Bats, 4-2.

A one-out error put a man on base for Louisville in the bottom of the ninth, opening the rally. Four two-out singles brought home three runs, giving the Bats one of the most dramatic walk-off wins of the season. Amongst the three players with an RBI in the ninth was Phillip Ervin, who brought home the winning run.

Sunday's win against Charlotte indicates the conclusion of the first half of the season, and the Triple-A All-Star game is set to take place on Wednesday, July 12 at 6:05 p.m. PT in Tacoma, WA. The second half of the Louisville Bats' season will commence on Thursday against the Indianapolis Indians at 7:05 p.m.

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

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