INDIANAPOLIS – A season-high crowd of 12,128 at Victory Field on Tuesday got to witness the Indianapolis Indians (12-16) stay hot.
Tribe starting pitcher Clay Holmes led the charge, earning his first Triple-A win with seven innings of two-run ball, as Indy picked up a 3-2 victory over the Charlotte Knights (14-16). Indianapolis’ win streak is now at four straight games.
Charlotte and Indianapolis traded runs in the first, as the teams felt out their opposing starters.
Holmes gave up singles to three of the four batters he faced, with a groundout from Kevan Smith putting the Knights ahead early. The Indians responded in their half of the first with some small ball against Charlotte starter Tyler Danish. Austin Meadows led off with a single, stole second base, advanced to third by tagging up on a fly ball and then scored to make it 1-1 on an Eric Wood sacrifice fly.
The bottom of the third was where the Tribe won Tuesday’s contest, as they pushed across a pair of runs that served as the difference.
Indy’s first three batters in the third reached to load the bases versus Danish. Elias Diaz made it four straight with a RBI single and after Erich Weiss followed with a sacrifice fly, the Indians owned a 3-1 advantage.
Danish, who took the loss, finished with a final line of three runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over the course of six innings pitched.
For Indy, Holmes tied a career-high with seven innings of work. The righty limited Charlotte to two runs on seven hits and a season best eight strikeouts. The Knights did get a second run off of Holmes in the seventh, but the duo of Angel Sanchez and Pat Light out of the Tribe bullpen made sure their starter’s good day of pitching stood up.
Tuesday’s 3-2 win was Indy’s first win of the year in which they scored three or fewer runs. They were previously 0-10 in such games.
Indianapolis will go for the series sweep on Wednesday, as these teams will go at it in another 11:05 a.m. start. Tyler Eppler (2-1, 2.96 ERA) gets the ball for the Indians.