INDIANAPOLIS – As the Indianapolis Indians‘ homestand at Victory Field winds down, the Tribe continue to hit.
Indy scored a total of 17 runs on a .289 team batting average through their first four games of their current homestand and kept the offense coming on Wednesday, dropping ten runs on 16 hits on the Pawtucket Red Sox in a 10-6 win.
The PawSox held the early advantage on Wednesday, as they knocked Indianapolis starting pitcher Chad Kuhl around in the first. Chris Marrero and Henry Ramos collected RBI singles and Chris Dominguez scored from third on a pickoff throwing error from Kuhl, as Pawtucket jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
The Indians would not take long to respond, however, as they plated a run in their half of the first and then broke through for four more in the second.
Red Sox starter Sean O’Sullivan started the bottom of the first by giving up a leadoff single to Alen Hanson and after Hanson stole second with one out, Adam Frazier cut Pawtucket’s cushion down to 3-1 with a RBI single.
In the second, the Tribe sent all nine batters to the plate on their way to taking a 5-3 lead against O’Sullivan and the Sox. Jacob Stallings, Pedro Florimon (two) and Josh Bell recorded RBIs in the inning for Indy.
O’Sullivan would end up pitching four innings, surrendering five runs on ten hits and two walks. Despite a rough outing, O’Sullivan was taken off the hook for the loss in Wednesday’s game thanks to the PawSox offense getting on the scoreboard again in the third and fourth against Kuhl.
In the third, it was a Jantzen Witte single and a second throwing error on Kuhl that allowed Bryce Brentz to make it 5-4 with a RBI single. Then in the fourth, Mike Miller notched a one-out double and moved up to third on a fielding error in right field before Ali Solis tied the score with a sacrifice fly.
Kuhl would be lifted from the ballgame after tossing four innings of his own, finishing with a final line of five runs (three earned) allowed on nine hits and a pair of walks. It was another tough outing for Kuhl, who has now allowed four or more earned runs in three straight starts.
All even at five runs each in the top of the seventh, the Red Sox took a brief 6-5 lead on a two-out Brentz solo home run off of Indianapolis reliever Kyle Lobstein. It was all Indians from there, as they scored three runs in the bottom half of the seventh and added two more in the eighth.
Bell homered to lead off the seventh, his team-leading ninth of the season, before Gift Ngoepe hit a two-run triple with two gone in the frame to give Indy an 8-6 lead. Then in the eighth, Cole Figueroa and Willy Garcia came up with RBIs, giving the Tribe a comfortable 10-6 advantage going into the ninth.
Jorge Rondon was the man on the mound for the Indians in the top of the ninth and he made quick work of the PawSox, retiring the side in order to secure the four-run victory for the home team.
With their win on Wednesday afternoon, Indianapolis improves their record to 35-30 and pulls themselves into a tie for first place with the Columbus Clippers in the International League West division. Columbus plays in Rochester at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday and a loss from the Clippers would give the Tribe sole possession of first place for the first time since April 23.
The Indians will go for the sweep and a fifth consecutive win when they wrap up their series with Pawtucket on Thursday. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with Wilfredo Boscan (4-5, 3.80 ERA) expected to toe the rubber for Indy.
Right-hander Dovydas Neverauskas was promoted from Double-A Altoona on Wednesday, as Indians reliever John Kuchno was placed on the seven-day disabled list with a right ankle contusion.