COLUMBUS, OH – Indianapolis Indians (10-10) starting pitcher Alex McRae fell to 0-3 on Sunday, being outdueled by the Columbus Clippers (10-11).
McRae surrendered four runs on six hits and five walks in six innings of work, but the Tribe fell by a final score of 4-2 at Huntington Park.
Indy’s bats got McRae an instant lead to work with, scoring two runs in the top of the first versus Clippers starter Alexi Ogando.
Kevin Newman led off with a double and following a one-out single from Austin Meadows, the Indians were in business. Jose Osuna brought both runners home, doubling to left.
Unfortunately for Indianapolis, that would do it for their offense in this one.
Ogando settled in to fire four consecutive scoreless innings, finishing up with two runs allowed on six hits and two walks in five innings pitched. Columbus’ bullpen took it from there.
Three Clipper relievers – Evan Marshall, Jordan Milbrath and Ben Taylor – combined to limit the Tribe to just one hit and no walks in the final four frames.
Down 2-0, the Clips bounced back against McRae to tie the game in the second.
McRae started the bottom of the second with a walk and a hit by pitch, never a good sign. Mike Papi later singled to make it 2-1 and Nellie Rodriguez followed with a double to tie the score.
Columbus was kept off of the scoreboard in the third, but won the game with runs in the fourth and sixth.
Papi came up with the winning smash in the fourth, hitting a solo home run off of McRae to give the home team the lead. Then in the sixth, McRae’s final inning, Richie Shaffer homered to hand the Clippers some insurance.
Next up on the Tribe’s road trip is a stop in Toledo. The opener of a three-game series is scheduled to get underway at 6:35 p.m. on Monday. Tyler Eppler (2-1, 1.93 ERA) gets the start for Indy.
RHP Nick Kingham, who started the year with a 2-1 record and 1.59 ERA in four starts with the Indians, was promoted to Pittsburgh to make his major league debut on Sunday.
It went pretty well for Kingham, who carried a perfect game into the seventh inning. He finished with his first MLB win, a one-hitter on nine strikeouts in seven innings pitched.