Brian O’Grady hit home runs in three successive at-bats and the Louisville Bats hit a total of five out of the park Sunday in a 7-3 triumph over the Buffalo Bisons at Sahlen Field.
All five of the Louisville home runs came with the bases empty even though the Bats pounded Buffalo pitching for 16 hits.
O’Brady, 27, a left-hand hitting first baseman from Rutgers, had hit six homers in his first 31 games but none since May 2. He is the seventh player in Louisville team history to hit three in one game, but the second to hit three in a game against the Bisons this season. Mike Ford of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders hit three here on April 7.
O’Grady hammered a 2-1 offering from right-hander Andrew Sopko in the fourth over the center-field wall. Two innings later, he crushed the first Sopko pitch out to left-center. In the eighth, O’Grady worked the count full against righty Conor Fisk before sending his third shot of the game out to left.
"The first two were definitely fastballs," O’Grady told Tyler Maun of MiLB.com. "The third one may have been a little splitter or changeup …"
Gophers galore: Bisons pitching has given up 26 home runs in the last 11 games while Buffalo has only two homers over the same stretch. The other Bats homers on Sunday were by Christian Colon and Aristides Aquino.
Quick start: The Bisons took an early 2-0 lead for the second game in a row against the Bats. This time they got two in the first inning when Teoscare Hernandez singled, stole second and came home on a double by Socrates Brito. Brito, playing his first game since being sent down by Toronto, scored on a single by Lourdes Gurriel Jr. The Bisons had four hits and struck out 11 times the rest of the way.
On deck: After completing the three-game set in the only visit by Louisville this season, the Bisons have today off before opening a three-game series at Frontier Field in Rochester on Tuesday night (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.).