Michael Siani picked up his first home run with Louisville since being promoted. In Chattanooga the Lookouts got homers from Christian Encarnacion-Strand and James Free while Andrew Abbott struck out eight batters in a victory.
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The Louisville Bats lost 4-3. Box Score
- Michael Siani went 2-5 with a home run (13) and 2 RBI.
- Juniel Querecuto went 1-4.
- Stephen Piscotty went 1-3 with a walk and an RBI.
- Michael De Leon went 2-3 with a double.
- Leonardo Rivas went 1-3 with a walk, steal (16), and a run.
- Ben Lively allowed a run in 5.0 innings with 2 strikeouts.
The Bats grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the 7th, but St. Paul tied things up in the bottom of the inning. A leadoff walk in the bottom of the 9th proved fatal as a pick off throw bounced off of the baserunner at first and saw him then advanced to third on the play. The batter during that play grinded out a 9-pitch at-bat that ended in a sacrifice fly deep into right field for the walk-off win for the Saints.
Michael Siani picked up his first home run at the Triple-A level, giving him 13 on the season. When he began the year he only had 14 home runs in his 3-year minor league career.
Michael De Leon had another big game and is now hitting .357/.438/.548 in September.
The Chattanooga Lookouts won 6-1. Box Score
- Elly De La Cruz went 1-5 with a run.
- Matt McLain went 0-3 with 2 walks.
- Christian Encarnacion-Strand went 1-4 with a home run (32).
- Rece Hinds went 1-4.
- Brian Rey went 1-4.
- Allan Cerda went 0-1 with 3 walks, a steal, and 2 runs scored.
- James Free went 1-3 with a walk, home run (8), 2 runs, and 2 RBI.
- Quincy McAfee went 1-3 with a walk.
- Jacob Hurtubise went 1-3 with a walk, run, and an RBI.
- Andrew Abbott threw 6.0 shutout innings on 2 hits and a walk while striking out 8.
- Evan Kravetz allowed a run in 3.0 innings with 3 walks and 4 strikeouts.
Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit his 7th home run since joining Chattanooga, giving him 32 homers on the season. He entered the day tied for 5th in minor league baseball in home runs. He also picked up his 113th RBI of the season, which was 2nd most in the minors (he was trailing by two).
From June 11th through the 14th, James Free homered in three straight games. A little more than a week later he hit two homers in a game. That was on June 24th. He hadn’t homered since until Saturday night, but the only question about that home run was whether it would stay fair. It did.
Allan Cerda has walked 28 times in 36 games since the start of August.
After a tough close to August, Andrew Abbott has been on a roll in September. He’s now made three starts in the month and hasn’t allowed a run in 16.0 innings while giving up just seven hits, walking just three, and he’s struck out 21 in that span. His ERA with the Lookouts has dropped over a run in that span, going from 5.76 to 4.75. Between his two stops it’s now at 3.81 on the season and he has 159 strikeouts in 118.0 innings.
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