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Late Rally Pushes Bats to Stunning Comeback Win

August 8, 2018 - International League (IL) - Louisville Bats News Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Another solid pitching match-up that stunted both teams offensively in the early stages turned into a stunning comeback win as the Louisville Bats clinched game two of the series against Pawtucket, 6-5. Wednesday's result marks the Bats' biggest comeback win since July 1 against Toledo.

Cody Reed (4-8, 3.92) was solid on the mound, allowing just one single run for the second-consecutive game. He allowed eight hits, while walking one and striking out seven on 92 pitches (63 strikes). Matt Wisler entered in relief in the eighth, earning his fifth win of the year in 0.2 innings, allowing one hit and striking out one.

Pawtucket took a quick early lead in the first frame. With a runner on, Brandon Phillips connected for a double to reach second. A follow-up ground out RBI brought home the first run of the night and gave the Sox a 1-0 lead that they would maintain for the next three and a half innings.

Cody Reed continued to deal strikes as the Louisville defense denied Pawtucket the chance to increase their lead. Brian O'Grady then made his mark in the fourth inning. After homering in last night's game, he stepped up to the plate with Guerrero at first and sent the ball soaring over the wall to put the Bats ahead 2-1.

The next three innings remained scoreless as the Bats managed to hang on to the one-run lead, until the Sox came up to bat in the eighth. Following two walks, a double to right field tied the game at two apiece. With two runners still on base, Mike Miller doubled to the corner of left field to bring both runners home and give Pawtucket the lead. Before the innings end, Rusney Castillo singled on a line drive to make it a four-run frame and put them ahead 5-2.

Knowing that it's not over, until it's over the Bats went to work on a late rally. Despite the three-run deficit, Blake Trahan and Brian O'Grady had more swinging to do. Trahan opened the frame with a single and was then pushed to second from a passed ball. Brian O'Grady capped off his night with yet another hit to bring Trahan home and give the Bats a third run.

The offensive fire continued as the Bats, one by one, loaded the bases. Nick Longhi then sealed the deal. On a full count, he doubled to right field to bring home three runs to take back the Louisville lead, stealing a 6-5 win.

Kevin Quackenbush finished the job in the ninth by striking out two and forcing a ground out to clinch his 20th save of the season.

The teams will return for the final game of the set on Thursday night at Louisville Slugger Field.

Right-hander Tyler Mahle, making his Louisville Bats debut, will take the mound to battle against fellow righty, Mike Shawaryn (0-0, 5.68). First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m.

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