Brian O’Grady has been raking all season long for the Louisville Bats. That is, while he’s been active. He missed 10 days in April with a back injury. Before hitting the injured list, he was hitting .333/.455/.667 in Triple-A. Since returning he’s cooled off a little bit. All he’s done in the 21 games heading into Sunday’s afternoon tilt in Buffalo was hit .303/.386/.526 with 11 extra-base hits and 10 walks.
And then Sunday’s game happened. Brian O’Grady went out and had himself a day. In fact, he had himself a day-and-a-half. In his first at-bat of the day he popped out to shortstop. Nothing special. But then he homered to center field in his second at-bat. The next time he came to the plate, he homered again. This time to left-center field. In the top of the eighth he would homer again, this time down the left-field line. He would get a shot for a 4th home run in the top of the ninth, but he struck out and settled for three bombs on the day against the Bisons.
By the time the game was over, Brian O’Grady was hitting .325/.416/.649 with 10 doubles, 9 home runs, and 9 stolen bases in just 32 games played this season for Louisville. Dating back to his promotion to Triple-A last season, O’Grady has hit .314/.387/.601 with 19 doubles, 2 triples, 17 home runs, and 14 stolen bases in 299 plate appearances.
Aristides Aquino is back with a vengeance
On Sunday afternoon it wasn’t just Brian O’Grady who went off for the Louisville Bats. In mid-April, Aristides Aquino injured his shoulder. For three days he came off of the bench as a pinch hitter before hitting the injured list. He stayed there for nearly a month. But on Saturday he returned to the lineup and went 2-4 with a double. Sunday he did even better.
The Punisher, as he’s known, came to the plate five times for Louisville. He reached base all five times. He walked once, and he racked up four hits. One of those hits was a home run (video above). Since returning from the injured list he’s gone 6-8 with a walk, double, and a home run. That’ll work. That. Will. Work. On the season, in 17 games played, he’s now hitting .351/.406/.719 with 6 doubles and 5 home runs.