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Indians Struggle to Solve Gwinnett’s Bullpen in 2-1 Loss

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians had many opportunities to get on the scoreboard on Tuesday, but the Gwinnett Braves found a way to shut the door time and time again.

Indy left 13 runners on base in Tuesday’s matchup, scoring just one run against G-Braves pitching, as Gwinnett earned a 2-1 win over the Tribe at Victory Field.

Trevor Williams made the start on the mound for the Indians and despite throwing six solid innings, the Braves were able to get all of the offense they needed with runs in the first and second.

In the first, a leadoff walk to Ozzie Albers and a single from Mel Rojas Jr. put runners on the corners and allowed a Anthony Recker sacrifice fly to give Gwinnett a 1-0 lead. Then in the second, the G-Braves went in front by a score of 2-0 when Ronnier Mustelier singled and scored a batter later on a Blake Lalli double.

Williams ended up working six innings, allowing just two runs on four hits and season-high six strikeouts. The righty took the tough luck loss, ending his two-game win streak and leaving him his fourth loss of the year.

Chris Ellis opposed Williams on the hill, giving up one run on four hits and six walks in 4 1/3 innings of work. Indianapolis’ lone run of the night came in the third inning, as Alen Hanson led off with his fifth home run of the season.

The Indians had some fantastic chances to score against Ellis, but could not cash in. Indy loaded the bases and were unable to score in the first and put multiple runners on base in the third and fourth without driving them in.

The trio of Stephen Janas, Kanekoa Texeira and Jose Ramierz out the G-Braves bullpen shut down the Tribe in the game’s final 4 2/3 innings. Indianapolis was only able to get one hit and a walk against those relievers, making their missed chances against Ellis all the more important.

The rubber game of this three-game series will take place at 1:35 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. Frank Duncan (4-3, 2.80 ERA) serves as the Indians probable starting pitcher for the team’s final game of the homestand at the Vic.

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