The Louisville Bats lost 4-1 at Indianapolis on Saturday night, but they clinched an International League playoff berth thanks to Syracuse's 8-2 loss to Rochester. Louisville still has a chance at its third straight division title. The Bats trail Columbus by a half-game with two games remaining in the regular season. Louisville hosts Indianapolis on Sunday and Monday at Louisville Slugger Field.
The Louisville Bats bombed the Indianapolis Indians 16-6 at Victory Field on Friday night to pull within a half-game of Columbus in the International League West with three games remaining in the regular season. The Bats lead Syracuse by three games in the IL wildcard standings and can clinch a playoff spot with a Saturday victory, or a loss by the Chiefs. Michael Griffin, left, went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and four runs scored to lead Louisville at the plate.
The Louisville Bats built an early 4-1 lead at Indianapolis, but the Indians rallied for a 7-5 win at Victory Field on Thursday night. The loss dropped Louisville 1 1/2 games behind Columbus, which beat Toledo on Thursday, in the International League West with four games to play. The Bats, however, do lead Syracuse by three games in the IL wildcard race.
Louisville left-hander Ben Jukich, left, threw seven solid innings, giving up three hits while walking one and striking out seven over seven innings in the Bats' 8-3 win at Toledo on Wednesday night. The victory kept Louisville a half-game behind Columbus in the International League West, but gave them a four game lead over Syracuse in the IL wildcard race with five games to play.
A pair of pitchers limited Louisville to only four hits as the host Toledo Mud Hens beat the Bats 4-1 in just two hours and six minutes at Fifth Third Field on Tuesday night. The loss dropped Louisville a half-game behind Columbus in the International League West with six games remaining in the regular season. But the good news is the Bats lead Buffalo and Syracuse by four games in the IL wildcard race.
A five-run seventh inning and some solid pitching propelled the Louisville Bats to an 8-0 win over the Toledo Mud Hens on Sunday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field. The victory, coupled with one by Columbus, helped Louisville maintain its 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers in the International League West standings. Jeremy Horst, left, notched his first Triple-A victory for the Bats.
Highly-touted pitching prospect Aroldis Chapman (left) a threw a 105 mile-per hour fastball, and struck out the side, in the top of the ninth inning then Danny Dorn made a key baserunning play and Wilkin Castillo delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the ninth as Louisville beat Columbus 2-1 at Louisville Slugger Field. The victory gives the Bats a 1 1/2-game lead over the Clippers in the International League West with 10 games to play.
Columbus outfielder Jose Constanza. The outfielder went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored to lead Columbus to a 5-2 win over the Louisville Bats on Thursday night at Louisville Slugger Field. The loss, Louisville's fifth in a row to Columbus, narrowed its lead in the International League West to a half-game heading into Friday's night final meeting of the regular season between the two teams.
Veteran catcher Corky Miller, left, ignited the Louisville Bats' comeback from a 3-0 deficit in the final two innings of their 6-3 victory over the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field on Monday night. Miller hit a leadoff home run in the eighth inning, then a go-ahead, two-run double in the ninth to help Louisville keep its half-game lead over Columbus in the International League West.
In his second rehab starter Aaron Harang was rocked for six earned runs and nine hits in six innings as the Syracuse Chiefs beat the Louisville 8-1 Friday night to end the Bats' franchise-best 14-game winning streak at Louisville Slugger Field. Despite the loss, though, Louisville remains just a half-game behind Columbus in the International League West.
One night after hitting a walk-off, grand slam in his Triple-A debut to beat Syracuse, catcher Devin Mesoraco (left) hit a second-inning granny to lead Louisville to a 6-2 victory over the Chiefs on Thursday night at Louisville Slugger Field. It was the Bats' franchise-record 14th straight win at home.
Louisville lost its second straight game Saturday night, falling 1-0 to host Columbus at Huntington Park. The defeat dropped the Bats (68-53) 1 1/2 games behind the Clippers (70-52) in the IL West heading into Sunday's finale of the three-game series.