The Louisville Bats scored two in the eighth and two in the ninth to complete their 15th come from behind win of the season Tuesday against the Buffalo Bisons. It was the Bats’ ninth straight victory; they have eight come from behind wins during that stretch.
Bill Rhinehart started the Bats’ rally in the eighth with an RBI single that scored Cody Puckett. The Bats would load the bases and get a sacrifice fly from Joey Gathright that tied the game at three.
Danny Dorn’s bases loaded walk in the ninth gave the Bats a 4-3 lead to complete the comeback. Rhinehart padded the lead with a sacrifice fly later in the inning to give the Bats their final run and put them up 5-3.
Puckett, who doubled and singled in the game, extended his hitting streak to nine games and Felix Perez mashed out four hits in the game.
The Bats (31-49) moved to within 17 games of division leading Indianapolis as they got more stellar work from their bullpen.
Carlos Fisher, Kanekoa Texeira, JJ Hoover, and Donnie Joseph combined to pitch the final five innings giving up just one run on four hits. Hoover, who pitched a perfect eighth, picked up his first in with the Bats and Joseph was credited with his third save. In 8-1/3 innings with the Bats this season, Joseph has not allowed an earned run.
An RBI single from Bats starting pitcher Tim Gustafson got the scoring started in the third. Buffalo came right back with a run in each the third and fourth innings to take a 2-1 lead.
They extended their lead to 3-1 on an RBI double from Matt Tuisasosopo in the seventh before the Bats rallied late.
The Bats and Bisons hook up for game two of the four game series Wednesday afternoon. The Bats will send Pedro Villarreal (2-4, 3.86 ERA) to the mound against Garrett Olson (2-4, 4.79 ERA) of the Bisons. First pitch for the matinee is scheduled for 1:05 p.m.