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Louisville Walks Off Gwinnett, completes series sweep

In Triple-A International League play last night, the Louisville Bats beat the Gwinnett Braves in extra innings

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Gwinnett Braves infielder Ozzie Albies during spring training
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LOUISVILLE, KY – The Louisville Bats, Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, walked off the Gwinnett Braves last night 3-2 to complete the three-game sweep, its first series-sweep of the season. Sebastian Elizalde delivered the game-winning hit that scored Beau Amaral in the bottom of the 11th inning.

Here is a snapshot of a few players from each team and their performances.

Gwinnett Braves

Andrew Albers, SP

The 31-year-old Albers came into Thursday night’s game with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP. He dominated on the mound, though, as the Bats’ first hit came in the fourth, and he never faced more than four batters in an inning. His final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 9 SO.

Ozzie Albies, 2B

Albies reached base on an error in the third and a walk in the fifth, but his most impressive play of the night was a leaping catch when he caught a line drive off the bat of Phil Ervin in the sixth. Albies scored on a Sean Kazmar single in the fifth that gave Gwinnett a 2-0 lead.

Mel Rojas, Jr., RF

His solo shot in the fourth kicked off Gwinnett’s scoring. It was his sixth home run of the year.

Louisville Bats

Ismael Guillon, SP

In Triple-A Louisville this season, the lefty came into the game with a 9.72 ERA, 2.16 WHIP, and a 4.15 BAA. The solo shot to Rojas was his lone run he surrendered. His final line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 SO.

Jesse Winker, RF

He had a superb May, as SB Nation’s Red Reporter discussed here and here. Winker finished May with a slash line of .360/.435/4.80 in the month’s 28 games.

But Winker’s first game in June was anything but superb. He went 0-for-5 with a strikeout.

Phil Ervin, CF

Ervin tied the game at two when his ground rule double scored Dilson Herrera and Zach Vincej in the eighth.

Dilson Herrera, 2B

Herrera came into the game with a slash line of .228/.285/.336, but his defense continues to impress. Herrera made a diving stop on a grounder up the middle and threw out the runner to start the third inning. He also made a diving stop to his right and flipped the ball with his glove to the shortstop to start a 4-6-3 double play to end the top of the 10th. He hit a one-out single in the bottom of the eighth, went to third on Vincej’s double, and scored on Ervin’s ground rule double.