The overall record (43-55) may not show it but Louisville is the hottest team in the International League right now. The Bats pushed across a run in the eighth inning of the nightcap for a 4-3 victory and a doubleheader sweep of the Buffalo Bisons Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field in Kentucky. It extended the Bats’ win streak to eight.
Right-hander Robert Stephenson pitched a two-hitter in Louisville’s 3-0 victory in the first game.
Points of interest: Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada made a rehab start for the Bisons in the opener and gave up all three Louisville runs, including homers by Gabriel Guerrero and Josh Van Meter. Estrada threw 44 pitches in 3.1 innings before turning things over to Zach Stewart. Roberto Osuna, another Blue Jay who is on suspension, pitched the sixth inning for Buffalo and gave up two hits and a walk but no runs. … The Bisons scored in the bottom of the sixth to tie the nightcap but the Bats got the winner in the top of the eighth with the help of the tiebreaker rule. Guerrero’s groundout to first brought home the winner.
Noteworthy: The Bisons were held to two singles in the opener. Domingo Tapia got the spot start in the second game for the Bats and pitched two innings. After that, Louisville manager Dick Schofield used six different pitchers for one inning each. … The Bisons are 4-8 in shutouts this season. Ryan Borucki has the last Buffalo shutout 4-0 in seven innings at Pawtucket on June 19.
Next: Lefty Thomas Pannone (0-1, 3.98) starts for the Bisons tonight against another southpaw, Justin Nicolino (4-5, 4.44) (Radio 1520, 7 p.m.). The teams will wrap up their season series with a single night game on Thursday. Two games between the teams scheduled for April at Coca-Cola Field were cancelled due to scheduling restrictions.