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 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 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.
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.
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.
Matt Maloney pitched six solid innings before the Louisville Bats bombed the host Knights for a three-homer, eight-run ninth inning to seal their 12th win in their last 16 games.
The Louisville Bats improved to 8-3 this month with their victory over the International League West-leading Columbus Clippers on Saturday night at Louisville Slugger Field.