LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – In their final game before the All-Star break, the Indianapolis Indians (50-39) were unable to go out with bang.
Danny Ortiz went 4-for-4, but it was not enough as the Gwinnett Braves (44-44) rolled to a 7-2 victory at Coolray Field.
The G-Braves grabbed the lead quickly on Sunday and never looked back, with two runs in the first.
That was just the start of a bad afternoon for Indy starter Tyler Eppler, who surrendered seven runs over the course of 4 2/3 innings pitched.
Six of the seven runs were earned, as Gwinnett recorded nine hits and two walks against the righty. Eppler’s ERA is now at 4.64 following this outing.
Andrew Albers opposed Eppler and had his way with Tribe batters. The Braves’ southpaw limited the Indians to one run on six hits and seven strikeouts, earning his eighth win of 2017.
Jordan Luplow got Indy’s lone RBI off of Albers, while Ortiz nabbed the Tribe’s second RBI with a double against Gwinnett’s bullpen in the seventh.
Indianapolis will now have three days off for the All-Star break, returning to action at Victory Field on Thursday. First pitch versus the Louisville Bats is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.