The Louisville Bats, who were in fourth place in the International League West at the Triple-A All-Star break, moved into first in the division Thursday night. Louisville's 10-4 win over host Toledo, coupled with Columbus' 4-3 13-inning loss to Syracuse, gave the Bats a half-game lead over the Clippers in the West. Chris Valaika, left, and Wladimir Balentien each went 4-for-5 at the plate to lead Louisville's 17-hit attack.
The Louisville Bats won their seventh straight game Wednesday night, and their 18th in their last 19th, beating host Toledo 4-3 at Fifth Third Field. The victory pulled Louisville, which was 13 games out of first place in the International League West on the Fourth of July, within a half-game of division-leading Columbus.
The Louisville Bats swiped six bases, including three by Zack Cozart (left), on their way to a 6-5 win at Toledo on Monday night. The victory - Louisville's 16th in its last 17 games - pulled the Bats within two games of Columbus in the International League West.
The Louisville Bats completed a four-game sweep of the Norfolk Tides over the weekend, beating them 8-7 Friday, 5-2 Saturday and 8-7 Sunday to move within 2 1/2 games of International League West-leading Columbus.
The Louisville Bats had averaged 9.2 runs in winning six straight games, but Thursday night their pitching staff propelled them to their 11th shutout of the season. Louisville's Matt Maloney, left, gave up just two hits while striking out five over seven innings to win his third straight start.
A first-inning grand slam by Wladimir Balentien, left, got the Louisville Bats' offense going early, and it was just the beginning, as Louisville lambasted Charlotte 19-6 Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field. The Bats also seven runs in the fifth inning and six in the seventh on their way to their fifth straight win.
Mother Nature brought a premature end to a very successful road trip for the Louisville Bats on Monday. They won six of seven games away from Louisville Slugger Field and return there Tuesday night to begin a six-game homestand.
The Louisville Bats scored all of their runs via the sacrifice fly as they won for the sixth time in their last seven games - and for the 16th time in 21 games - to climb two games above .500 for the first time since they were 3-1.
Louisville hit four home runs - giving the Bats an International League-best 110 this season - on its way to a win at Charlotte. The Bats hit 13 home runs in their four-game series against the Knights. IL All-Star Chris Valaika, left, led Louisville's 13-hit attack, going 3-for-5.
The Louisville Bats hit a season-high five home runs, after hitting four Monday night, to beat host Charlotte 8-4 in a Tuesday matinee game. Michael Griffin, left, hit two homers as the Bats won for the 13th time in their last 17 games to get back to .500 for the first time since early in the season.
The Louisville Bats, who rallied for wins Thursday and Friday nights against Lehigh Valley, couldn't do it a third time Saturday night as the Iron Pigs beat them 5-1 at Louisville Slugger Field.
Louisville Bat Chris Valaika doubled and scored the tying run to help the International League beat the Pacific Coast League 2-1 in Wednesday night's Triple-A All-Star Game in Allentown, Penn.