Local news for July 1, 2011
The Durham Bulls bombed the Louisville Bats 8-1 Saturday night in the Governors’ Cup semifinals to even their International League playoff series at 2-all and force a decisive fifth game Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. A win would keep the Bats alive in the IL playoffs, while a loss would end their remarkable season.
Todd Frazier’s one-out, two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning propelled the Louisville Bats to a 2-1 win over host Durham in the Governors’ Cup semifinals at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Louisville leads the best-of-five series 2-1 and can clinch a spot in the Governors’ Cup championship series with a victory at 7:05 p.m. Saturday or 5:05 p.m. Sunday.
The Durham Bulls evened the Governors’ Cup playoff series Thursday night by beating the Louisville Bats 6-2 at Louisville Slugger Field. Five Durham pitchers limited Louisville to four hits, while the Bulls scored five runs in the first five innings to tie the best-of-five series at 1-all. The series concludes in Durham over the weekend.
The Louisville Bats took a 1-0 lead in the first round of their Governors’ Cup playoff series against Durham on Wednesday night with an 8-4 win over the Bulls at Louisville Slugger Field. They got a strong start from Chad Reineke and 10 timely hits to take the first game in the best-of-five International League playoff series. The second game of the series is at 6:05 p.m. Thursday night at Slugger Field.
The Louisville Bats capped off an incredible, and improbable, 2010 regular season Monday. Here is a look back at the Top 10 moments of the 2010 season so far, as the Bats prepare for their best-of-five playoff series that begins at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday night against the Durham Bulls at Louisville Slugger Field.
The Louisville Bats won a game, beating the Indianapolis Indians 6-3 at Louisville Slugger Field, and also won their third straight International League West title Monday afternoon thanks to Toledo’s 5-2 win over Columbus on the final day of the IL regular season. Louisville scored five runs in the first three innings and got a solid start from Ben Jukich, left, who took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The Bats open postseason play Wednesday against Durham at 6:05 p.m. at Louisville Slugger Field.
The Louisville Bats lost 5-3 to Indianapolis on Sunday night at Louisville Slugger Field, but still have a chance to win their third division title in a row. That's because Toledo clobbered Columbus 9-1 Sunday. The Clippers lead Louisville by a half-game in the International League West heading into Monday - the final day of the regular season. If the Bats beat the Indians (first pitch is set for 1 p.m.) and the Clippers lose at Toledo (first pitch 1 p.m.), Louisville will win its third West title in a row.
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.
Shawn Roof, the son of former Louisville Redbird great Gene Roof, continued to blister Louisville Bats' pitching - going 3-for-4 - to lead the Mud Hens to a 6-2 victory at Louisville Slugger Field. Louisville's loss, coupled with a victory by Columbus, trimmed the Bats' lead in the International League West to a half-game.
Toledo pitcher Charlie Furbush recovered from a shaky start to shut down the Louisville Bats' bats over the final eight innings as the Mud Hens beat Louisville 8-3 Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field. However the Bats maintained their 1 1/2-game lead in the International League West because second-place Columbus also lost.
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