INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Indians (13-16) starting pitcher Tyler Eppler was given the task of keeping the team’s winning streak intact on Wednesday. He more than delivered.
The Tribe’s right-hander blanked the Charlotte Knights (14-17) over the course of seven innings pitched, as Indy finished off a three-game sweep at Victory Field with a 1-0 win. The victory pushes Indianapolis’ season best winning streak to five games.
Eppler got just enough help from his offense, as the Indians pushed across one run in the second.
The run came against former Indian Chris Volstad and it came in a bit of an odd way. With Jacob Stallings on first with two outs, Joey Terdoslavich blasted a ball to deep center, bringing Indy’s catcher all the way around from first to score. It only went down as a RBI single, though, as Terdoslavich seemed to slip on first base.
Volstad, who earned 11 wins with the Tribe in 2015, finished with a final line of one run allowed on six hits and a walk in five innings of work.
Eppler, on the other hand, turned in his best outing of the season thus far. The righty set a season-high in innings pitched (seven) and struck out a career best eight batters. He shut out Charlotte on just four hits and did not issue a walk, as he picked up his team-leading third win of 2017.
A.J. Schugel and Dovydas Neverauskas nailed down the victory for Indy following Eppler’s departure. Schugel fired a perfect eighth before Neverauskas worked around a walk in the ninth.
Indianapolis improved to 62-37 all-time against Charlotte at Victory Field with Wednesday’s win. They have swept the Knights in each series meeting in downtown Indy since 2014.
The Indians will look to stay hot when they welcome in the Norfolk Tides on Thursday. Game time for the series opener is 7:05 p.m. with Steven Brault (0-3, 3.52 ERA) scheduled to climb the hill for Indianapolis.