Game 118, Away 61
Louisville Bats (49-68) at Rochester Red Wings (59-58)
RHP Tejay Antone (2-7, 6.12) vs. LHP Charlie Barnes (NR w/ROC)
7:05 PM | Saturday, August 10, 2019 | Frontier Field
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TONIGHT'S GAME: The Bats and Red Wings meet in the middle game of a three-game set at Frontier Field, with Louisville trying to secure a series victory after taking Friday night's opener by a 3-1 score. Louisville earned its second straight comeback victory, defeating the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 6-1 in comeback fashion on Thursday night. Tonight, Tejay Antone starts for the Bats as they try to win their 50th game of the season.
AGAINST ROCHESTER: If the Bats win tonight, they will have their third straight series win against Rochester, after taking 2 of 3 against the Red Wings last season from July 16-18 on the road and July 27-29 at home. LOU last won 3 straight series against an opponent during the 2016 season, when the Bats won 3 consecutive series against Charlotte from July 25-August 31, going 8-1 in 9 games against the Knights.
10 CATCHERS… AGAIN!: Major League rehabber Curt Casali went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and caught 5 innings last night, becoming the 10th different Louisville catcher this season and third on MLB rehab assignment (Tucker Barnhart, Kyle Farmer). For the second straight season, LOU has employed 10 catchers, which are the most in a season for an IL team over the past 15 seasons (2005-19).
COMEBACK-TO-BACK: Trailing 1-0 going into the seventh inning last night, Blake Trahan came through with the eventual game-winning RBI in the top of the seventh with a two-run double. LOU would win 3-1, earning its second straight comeback victory. The Bats last won back-to-back games when trailing July 18-19 at Pawtucket and at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with the latter being a 6-run, ninth inning comeback.
30 QS: Right-hander Vladimir Gutierrez allowed just one run in 6.0 innings last night, notching his team-leading eighth quality start of the season. With the win, the Bats improved to 16-14 this season when their starting pitcher goes at least 6.0 innings and allows 3 or fewer earned runs. Last season, LOU went 36-12 in 48 quality starts.
NO HOMERS, NO WORRIES: The Bats have won back-to-back games despite not homering in either of them, going without a home run in 3+ straight ballgames for just the fifth time this season. LOU has not won back-to-back games without the aid of a home run since May 12-15 this season, winning 5-4 in 10 innings vs. Charlotte and 2-0 at Syracuse in game one of a doubleheader, respectively.
HALFWAY TO LONGEST STREAK: Coming off back-to-back wins, the Bats got back to .500 in August (4-4) and are 16-12 since the All-Star break. They are also 21-16 in their last 37 games dating back to June 29. Louisville rattled off a season-high 4-game winning streak from July 26-29, and has had 2 other 3-game winning streaks since the All-Star break, from July 17-19 and July 31-August 2.
GREAT 'PENMANSHIP: Louisville relievers Wandy Peralta, Alex Powers and Matt Bowman each chipped in a scoreless inning last night. Over the past 4 games, the Bats' bullpen has combined to allow just one run in 16.2 innings, good for a 0.54 ERA. In that span, LOU relievers have walked 9 and struck out 18.
I'M SIRI-OUS: Center fielder Jose Siri recorded his first career Triple-A hit last night by singling in the seventh, coming around to score on Trahan's double. The 24-year-old also has 2 stolen bases for Louisville this season, appearing in 7 games for the Bats.
50TH WIN: Louisville goes for its 50th win of the season tonight, coming into play with a 49-68 record. Last season, LOU won its 50th game on August 3 at Columbus when they were 50-58. In 2017, LOU won its 50th game on August 20 vs. Rochester when they were 50-76.
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