TOLEDO, Oh. – Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Austin Meadows had his best game yet, but unfortunately for the Indianapolis Indians that did not result in a win.
Meadows drove in all three of the Tribe’s runs on Friday, but the Toledo Mud Hens overcame that on their way to a 4-3 victory at Fifth Third Field.
Indy’s center fielder got the scoring started in the first, bringing Max Moroff home. Moroff reached first by drawing a walk and then put himself 90 feet away from home by stealing second and going to third on a throwing error.
Toledo would respond, though, plating the game’s next four runs. Indians starting pitcher Clay Holmes did not last long against the Hens’ attack.
Two hits and three walks translated into two first inning runs for the Mud Hens, knocking Holmes out of the ballgame after just 2/3 of an inning pitched.
The Hens then added on to their advantage on a Brett McKinney wild pitch in the third and with an Omar Infante sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Meadows and the Indians would not go down quietly, however. After Gift Ngoepe got on base in the eighth, Meadows clubbed his first home run of 2017 to cut Indianapolis’ deficit down to 4-3.
Toledo would shut the Tribe down from there, though, locking up the one-run win for the home team.
These teams will hook up yet again on Saturday, with first pitch from Toledo coming at 5:05 p.m. Josh Lindblom (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will get the call for Indy.