LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the first time since 2010, the Indianapolis Indians will finish a season under the .500 mark.
The Tribe had not finished below .500 in manager Dean Treanor‘s first five seasons, but a 6-3 loss to the Louisville Bats on Sunday leaves them with a record of 70-73 and only one game left to play,
Each side plated runs early on in Sunday’s contest, with the Bats striking first in the bottom of the second. A big two-out hit got it done for Louisville, with Beau Amaral drilling a two-run double off of Indy starting pitcher Justin Masterson.
Indianapolis would respond, though, scoring two runs of their own in the top of the fourth. Consecutive one-out walks haunted Bats starter Stephen Johnson, as a run-scoring wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Willy Garcia evened the score at 2-2.
Johnson would get through 4 1/3 innings of work, surrendering two runs on two hits and two walks.
Masterson would struggle in Louisville’s half of the fourth, as eight batters came to the plate as the Bats pulled away. Chris Berset, Amaral and Juan Perez all notched RBI hits in the frame as the home team grabbed a 5-2 advantage.
The Indians’ right-hander would not return to the hill in the fifth, leaving him with a losing line of five runs allowed on six hits and two walks.
Both teams would add one more run, with Berset singling home Louisville’s sixth run in the seventh and Dan Gamache coming up with a pinch-hit RBI double for the Tribe in the ninth to send us to our final score of 6-3. Gamache has been solid coming off the bench for Indianapolis this year, with an average of .348 (8-for-23) in pinch-hit at-bats entering Sunday’s game.
Indy’s final game of the 2016 season is set to get underway at 1:05 p.m. on Monday afternoon. John Kuchno (1-4, 5.63 ERA) is expected to start for the Indians. Just like Indianapolis, the Bats now own a 70-73 record, making Monday’s matchup a battle for second place in the International League West standings.