INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday night, it was Nick Kingham that powered the Indianapolis Indians (65-53) to victory. On Friday night, it was Tyler Glasnow‘s turn.
Glasnow was on top of his game yet again, fanning 11 Syracuse Chiefs (45-74) in Indy’s 2-1 win at Victory Field. The righty added another win to his 2017 collection, improving to 8-0 on the season with the Tribe.
Triple-A batters have had virtually no success versus Glasnow and the Chiefs faced the same fate on Friday. Glasnow went seven strong frames, giving up one run on five hits and one walk. His 11 strikeouts pushes his total with the Indians to a whopping 103 in 68 1/3 innings of work. He has complied double digit strikeouts in six of his 11 outings.
Pedro Severino was responsible for Glasnow’s one run allowed, as he homered in the second inning.
Syracuse held a 1-0 lead through three and a half innings, but Indianapolis evened the score in the fourth. A two-out rally got it done for the Tribe, as Danny Ortiz doubled and scored a batter later when Elias Diaz singled home the tying run.
In the sixth, Indy took the lead and put Glasnow in line for another victory. Kevin Newman singled to lead things off, but it took a two-out RBI single from Ortiz to give the home team their first lead.
With a 2-1 cushion to protect, the Indians’ bullpen held it down. Angel Sanchez and Dovydas Neverauskas both surrendered hits in relief of Glasnow, but they were each able to strand the runners and hand the Tribe their sixth win in their last seven tries.
The Indians will look to make it three in a row against Syracuse in Saturday’s contest. Game time is slated for 7:05 p.m. with Steven Brault (9-5, 2.06 ERA) scheduled to pitch for Indianapolis.
The Columbus Clippers continue to struggle. The Clips lost again in Pawtucket, their fourth consecutive defeat, allowing the Indians to extend their lead in the IL West to 4 1/2 games.