TOLEDO, OH – The Indianapolis Indians (12-10) certainly haven’t wasted any time lately.
Indy plated four runs in the first inning of Tuesday’s game, their third win fueled by a quick start on this road trip. The Toledo Mud Hens (15-8) never recovered, as the Tribe emerged with a 7-3 win.
It was Indianapolis’ second batter of the evening that gave the visitors the lead. Kevin Kramer homered to center on Hens’ starting pitcher Artie Lewicki‘s fourth pitch, quickly giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.
To follow Kramer’s blast, Austin Meadows singled and Jose Osuna walked. That led to some two-out magic. Jacob Stallings singled home Meadows. Eric Wood brought Osuna home with a soft liner. And Chris Bostick doubled to score Stallings, handing Indy a 4-0 advantage in a hurry.
The Indians kept the damage coming in the second, grabbing a six-run edge against Lewicki. Consecutive singles started the frame, later leading to a sacrifice fly from Osuna and a RBI triple off of Jordan Luplow‘s bat.
Lewicki ended up eating 5.2 innings for Toledo, finishing up with a final line of six runs allowed on ten hits and two walks.
Clay Holmes opposed Lewicki on the mound.
The Mud Hens got a run on three straight hits in their half of the second and two more in the third on a Christin Stewart home run, but that would be it. Indy’s right-hander tossed five innings and held the Hens to those three runs despite scattering five hits and walking five.
Bostick knocked in another run in the eighth, his second RBI double of the ballgame, to wrap up the scoring.
Behind Holmes, three Indians relievers carried the visitors to a win.
Tanner Anderson fired two innings of scoreless ball. Josh Smoker kept the Mud Hens off of the scoreboard in the eighth. And Johnny Hellweg got the job done in the ninth. All three hurlers surrendered one hit each, but nothing came of those knocks for Toledo.
Indianapolis goes for the series sweep and a plus .500 road trip on Wednesday. It’s an early start from Toledo, with first pitch slated for 10:35 a.m. Austin Coley (1-1, 10.61 ERA) will go for the Tribe.