The Indianapolis Indians came into the series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs with an eight-game winning streak, which the IronPigs promptly snapped by claiming victory in the first two games.
Alas, not only did the Indians get the final word, but they did so in quite a spectacular fashion.
Powered by 15 hits–13 singles and a pair of doubles–the Indians (25-20) scored eight runs in the first five innings of the game en route to a comfortable 8-4 victory. Center fielder Austin Meadows and catcher Jacob Stallings tallied three hits each to lead the way, and starting pitcher Clay Holmes (3-1) helped out his own cause with a team-high two RBIs to complement six solid innings of three-run ball to hold Lehigh Valley (31-15) off and secure the series finale.
It was a highly forgettable game from the IronPigs’ standpoint, as no player on their team had more than a single hit the whole game, and starter Jake Thompson (2-4) was walloped for 13 hits and all eight runs in his five innings of work.
The game started off small, with Indians shortstop Max Moroff scoring on a throwing error by IronPigs third baseman Howie Kendrick in the top of the first. Indy right fielder Eric Wood followed that up with a RBI single to make it a 2-0 lead right before the end of the inning.
And then it all just went downhill for Lehigh Valley. Three more Indians runs scored in the top of the second, pushing the lead to 5-0. Then Holmes decided that he wasn’t working with enough of an advantage, tacking on an RBI sacrifice bunt in the third inning and an RBI single in the fifth. By the time the IronPigs had managed to compose themselves, the Indians were holding on to an 8-0 advantage.
A two-run double by IronPigs catcher Jorge Alfaro and a pinch-hit home run by infielder Hector Gomez gave the home crowd something to cheer about, but ultimately Lehigh Valley could only cut the deficit in half. If there is a consolation for their fans, it’s that the team remains 4.5 games ahead of the Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders for first place in the International League North Division, with the Louisville Bats coming into town tonight.
Your Indians, meanwhile, extend their lead in the International League West Division to four games over the Toledo Mud Hens. The last series of their current road trip begins tonight in New York against the Rochester Red Wings (20-20). The Indians will send Cody Dickson (4-2) to the mound to face Nick Tepesch (1-2)