By Josh Cook
Offensive fireworks were at a minimum and pitching was at a premium Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
Luckily for the Louisville Bats they had the better pitching, and a few timely hits, to beat the Indianapolis Indians 2-0 in front of a sellout crowd of 13,131 at Slugger Field.
It was a much-needed victory for Louisville (38-45), which had lost three of its last four and five of its last seven. Coupled with Friday night's 10-5 victory at Durham it's the first time the Bats have won back-to-back games since June 22-23. They haven't won three in a row since May 21-23.
Jesus Delgado (2-1) was strong in his second start of the season for Louisville. The right-hander gave up just four hits while striking out three over five innings.
He got all the offensive help he would need in the bottom of the third with a little help from himself. Chris Valaika singled with one out, moved to second on Delgado's sacrifice bunt and scored on Gary Matthews Jr.'s double.
Daniel Ray Herrera, Jon Adkins, Philippe Valiquette and Carlos Fisher combined for four innings of two-hit relief, while walking three and striking out seven. Fisher struck out the side in the ninth to notch his first save of the season.
Louisville got some insurance in the seventh when Juan Francisco hit his sixth home run of the season to right field off Indy starter Brian Burres (1-3). Burress only gave up four hits over seven innings, but still absorbed the loss.
Todd Frazier got the only other hit for the Bats.
The Bats play the second of six straight games against the Indians at Indianapolis (44-39) at 6 p.m. Sunday. Right-hander Edinson Volquez (1-0, 2.45 earned-run average) will make his third rehabilitation start for the Bats as he takes on righty Charlie Morton (1-2, 4.33). The two teams play a doubleheader at Indy on Monday before coming back to Louisville for games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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