Wladimir Balentien; Photo from Wikimedia Commons
We’ll begin the final monthly awards series with a look at the best August performances from the Louisville Bats:
Hitter of the month: OF Wladimir Balentien
- Stats: .394/.440/.663, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 16 R
- Honorable Mention: Chris Valaika, Yonder Alonso, Juan Francisco, Drew Sutton, Chris Denove, Todd Frazier
Pitcher of the month: LHP Aroldis Chapman
- Stats: 2-0, 1.35 ERA, 7 SV, 24 SO/4 BB, 13.1 IP
- Honorable Mention: Chad Reineke, Ben Jukich, Justin Lehr, Frederico Baez, Micah Owings
The Louisville Bats put on an offense showcase en route to a 10-6 victory over Durham in game four of a best-of-five series. The Bats forced a decisive game five with their victory. Catcher Chris Denove led the Bats with two doubles, a run scored and three RBI. Left fielder Daniel Dorn was 1-1 with three runs scored, a home run and two walks.
Starting pitcher Tom Cochran surrendered six runs in two and one-third innings. Lee Tabor earned the win with four scoreless innings of relief and Logan Ondrusek pitched a perfect 1.2 innings to close the game and earn the save.