LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Make it two in a row and some breathing room in first place for the Indianapolis Indians (61-52).
Tribe starter Tyler Glasnow turned in another rock solid start, helping Indy earn a 3-2 win over the Louisville Bats (44-68) at Louisville Slugger Field. The Columbus Clippers were swept in a day-night doubleheader with the Toledo Mud Hens, leaving the Indians with a two-game lead over the Clips in the division standings.
The Bats scored runs in the first and second versus Glasnow, but overall it was yet another nice performance for Indianapolis’ righty. Glasnow made it through six innings of work, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk. The 23-year-old also struck out seven, bringing his total to 92 in ten starts (61 2/3 innings) at the Triple-A level.
Glasnow improves to 7-0 this season with the Indians, extending his career-high undefeated stretch even further.
Jackson Stephens toed the rubber for Louisville, surrendering three runs on six hits and five walks in four innings pitched.
Gift Ngoepe and Kevin Newman notched RBIs for the Tribe in a two-run second inning, but it was not until the fourth when Indy took the lead for good. Tied 2-2 after three, a couple of singles followed by a Joey Terdoslavich sacrifice fly allowed the visitors to jump in front.
The Indians held that one-run cushion in place thanks to some fine work from their bullpen.
Johnny Barbato took care of the seventh and eighth, blanking the Bats on no hits and just one walk. Edgar Santana then finished it off in the ninth, working around a two-out double to secure the 3-2 win for Indy.
Indianapolis will aim for a series sweep in Sunday’s 6:05 p.m. finale. Steven Brault (8-5, 2.20 ERA) gets the nod for the Tribe.