Game Time Notes

Minor League Baseball

Travis Wood

Louisville Bats @ Lehigh Valley IronPigs

  • The Bats will send minor-league ERA leader Travis Wood to the mound tonight against the IronPigs.  Wood has a 1.14 ERA between Carolina and Louisville.  Travis is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA in three starts for Louisville with 13 strikeouts in 18.2 innings pitched.  Wood is finally cashing in on the talent that caused Baseball America to rank him as the third best prospect in the Reds organization in 2006 behind Homer Bailey and Jay Bruce.  Wood has struck out 116 in 137 innings on the season, and opponents are only batting .191 against the lefty.
  • The Bats picked up their 2,000th win since returning to Louisville in 1982 on Sunday.  Louisville was a charter member of the National League in 1876, and the city has had a professional team in all but 20 years since.
  • Bats’ slugger Kevin Barker launched his 22nd home run of the season Monday.  Barker’s 22 home runs are second most in the International League, and his 65 RBI rank fifth in the league.  Barker is batting .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI in eight games in August.
  • The IronPigs will try and earn their first win of the season against Louisville with LHP Brian Mazone on the mound tonight.  Mazone is 1-4 with a 5.16 ERA for Lehigh Valley on the season and is 1-5 with a 6.31 ERA in 20 games this season between the IronPigs and Albany of the AAA Pacific Coast League.  Mazone took the loss in his last start after allowing five runs in four innings against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Monday Links: Kentucky Teams 3-0

High School Baseball, Minor League Baseball

Chris Heisey

Louisville outfielder Chris Heisey was just one of the stars from a perfect day in Kentucky minor league baseball.  Check out Heisey’s big night and other storylines in Monday morning’s hot links:

  • Heisey launched his 17th home run of the season and drove in his 61st and 62nd RBI in a 7-2 Louisville victory.
  • Steve Brown homered for the second consecutive game in a 7-6 Lexington victory over Asheville.
  • The Hot Rods used two home runs to defeat Greenville 5-4.
  • The Courier-Journal’s Michael Grant profiles Louisville Slugger Field official scorer Shawn Howe.
  • Mark Maloney of the Herald-Leader previews the Legends series with Asheville and also reveals the Legends’ players of July.
  • Lafayette alum Chaz Roe earned his sixth win of the season for AA Tulsa by allowing one run in six innings and striking out five and walking three.