The Louisville Bats hit two home runs and continued their road success Monday night with a 4-1 victory over the Buffalo Bisons.
Steve Selsky broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning that cleared the 60-foot high screen in left field. The Bats’ other homer came from Jermaine Curtis in the third.
Bisons starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez (3-3) took the loss. He gave up four runs and eight hits in 7 2/3 innings.
The win improved Louisville to 22-13 on the road. The Bats are 36-34 overall. Buffalo fell to 37-34.
Hot Rochester: Buffalo fell to six games behind first-place Rochester in the International League’s North Division. Rochester (43-28) has the best record in Triple-A and has won eight of its last 11. Buffalo stands in fifth place.
Hot hitter: The hottest hitter in the IL is Louisville right fielder Scott Schebler. The 25-year-old went 4 for 4 Monday with three doubles and scored two runs. Schebler is batting .427 in June with six homers and 15 RBIs. He was named IL batter of the week.
Tired pen: Herd manager Gary Allenson was pleased that Hernandez had a long outing and threw 97 pitches. The Herd bullpen needed a rest.
“I thought he did a great job,” Allenson said. “He went into the eighth inning, that was the biggest plus. The bullpen's been worn the last four days with a day-night double-header and two extra-inning games. That really gets us back on track with the bullpen.”
Running mistake: The potential Bisons a scoring opportunity in the seventh was hampered. Junior Lake and Melky Mesa hit back-to-back singles with no out, but Lake took too big a turn rounding second and was thrown out on a relay from left field. The Bisons subsequently would have had bases loaded with one out.
“Down two runs in the seventh inning, especially down the left field line you've got to make sure right there,” Allenson said. “But you know what? I'd rather be aggressive and make mistakes than go one base at a time. I don't know if it was a factor in the game.”
Call-up: With Dalton Pompey recovering from a concussion, Mesa was called up from Double-A New Hampshire, where he was hitting .227.
Counting the house: Attendance was 5,364 at Coca-Cola Field.
Up next: The Bisons are home through Thursday. John Anderson (0-1, 7.50) is scheduled to start Tuesday for the Herd against Robert Stephenson (4-3, 3.29). Chris Leroux and Drew Hutchison are Buffalo’s schedule starters for Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Tuesday is Irish Festival Night, with a pregame tent party at 5 p.m. outside of center field.