ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Indianapolis Indians‘ (27-21) ridiculous month of May potentially reached a high point on Sunday.
Led by 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball from starting pitcher Nick Kingham, the Tribe won their twentieth game this month with a 2-1 triumph over the Rochester Red Wings (21-22). Sunday’s victory gives Indy a 20-6 record in May, just their seventh twenty-win month since 1996.
Indianapolis struck quickly on Sunday afternoon, plating the game’s first run in the top of the first. An Austin Meadows double got things rolling, with Jason Rogers‘ two-out RBI single handing the Indians an early lead.
The Tribe tacked on another run in the third, which proved to be important later on. Following a Chris Bostick single, Meadows got the job done again, making it a 2-0 contest with a double to center.
Two runs would prove to be just enough for Kingham and company.
Kingham, making only his third Triple-A start of the year, shined over the course of 6 1/3 innings of work. The right-hander limited the Red Wings to three hits and one walk, while striking out five. He picked up the win, his second of the season, while setting season bests in runs allowed and walks issued.
To finish off the ballgame, Indy received some solid relief work from Dovydas Neverauskas and Dan Runzler. When Kingham gave up a double in the seventh, Neverauskas was able to take over and get the Tribe’s starter out of trouble. Runzler closed it out from there, earning a two-inning save with a pair of perfect frames.
The Indians will wrap up their seven-game road trip with a Memorial Day clash with Rochester on Monday. Game time from Frontier Field is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. with Drew Hutchison (2-1, 4.35 ERA) expected to pitch for Indianapolis.