Wallach homer keeps series hopes alive

Wallach homer helps give Bats 3-2 victory (Copyright Patrick L. Pfister 2017 All Rights Reserved)

By Delaney Carter / Louisville Bats | May 9, 2017 9:28 PM ET

LOUISVILLE, KY - The Bats (12-19) took on the Norfolk Tides (13-17) in game two Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field. The Bats looking to come back from last night's loss, evened the series with a 3-2 win.

The Bats started right-hander Asher Wojciechowski (1-0, 0.92). Wojciechowski, receiving his first win of the season, finished his night after six pitched innings, allowing five hits, one home run, and one walk.

The Tides started with the righty Tyler Wilson (0-2, 4.50) on the mound. Wilson pitched seven innings, giving up nine hits, three runs, one home run, and two walks.

A Mike Yastrzemski home run early in the second put the Tides on top, 1-0. The Bats quickly answered in the bottom half after a Sebastian Elizalde double put him on base and a Chad Wallach double to center field brought him home, evening it at one.

 A wild pitch by Tyler Wilson put Wallach to third, and a Beau Amaral single scored Wallach, giving the Bats their second run of the game. Louisville ended the second inning leading 2-1, their first lead in 20 straight innings.

The bottom of the fourth saw the Bats increase their lead, 3-1, courtesy of a Wallach homer to left field. His second home run of the season gave the Bats an insurance run, increasing their lead to 3-1.

The Tides Yastrzemski continued to plague the Bats with a double to right field in the top of the seventh. Later in the inning, a Paul Janish sacrifice fly plated Yastrzemski from third, cutting the Bats lead to a single run, 3-2.

The Tides looked to mount a comeback in the ninth with a Yastrzemski two-out single, but Bats reliever Kevin Shackelford struck out the next batter to end the game and secure his fourth save of the season. 

The Bats take on the Tides in the last game of the series tomorrow. First pitch is set to go out at 11:05 a.m. with right-hander Jackson Stephens (2-2, 5.97) up for the Bats and righty Mike Wright (1-3, 4.91) up first for the Tides.

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

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