TOLEDO, OH – Indianapolis Indians (12-11) outfielder Jordan Luplow had quite the 2017 season, homering consistently from Double-A to the major leagues. On Wednesday, he showed off flashes of that power.
Luplow homered twice, driving in five RBIs for the day, but the Tribe couldn’t hang on in a 7-5 loss to the Toledo Mud Hens (16-9).
Indy put yet another big number on the scoreboard in the top of the first, but this time it wouldn’t hold up. Luplow did the the damage with a three-run shot off of Mud Hens starting pitcher Ryan Carpenter, scoring Chris Bostick and Kevin Kramer.
Toledo answered with some muscle of their own against Indians starter Austin Coley.
Mikie Mahtook was first, crushing a solo homer in the bottom half of the opening inning to cut Indy’s lead to 3-1. Then in the second, Jim Adduci evened the score at 3-3 with a two-run blast. Jason Krizan gave the Hens the 4-3 edge later in the frame with a two-out RBI single.
Luplow got right back to work in his next at-bat, though, giving the Tribe the lead again with a two-run bomb in the third. Kramer led off with a walk, allowing Luplow to come up next and make it a 5-4 game with another dinger off of Carpenter.
Toledo was able to tie the game in the fifth, Coley’s final inning of work. The Mud Hens opened the inning with a single and a double, leading to a fielder’s choice that left the score knotted at five runs each.
Coley finished with a final line of five runs allowed on eight hits and a walk in his five frames on the hill.
The Hens’ winning rally came in the bottom of the seventh against Tribe reliever Tyler Jones.
Jones turned in a clean sixth, but a leadoff double put him in a jam in the seventh. A strikeout and a groundout got Jones within an out of emerging unscathed, but back-to-back two-out doubles brought in two for the home team and left the Mud Hens up 7-5.
Indianapolis did get leadoff hits in both the eighth and ninth innings, but were not able to respond and fell in their road trip finale.
After a 3-3 trip, the Indians return to Victory Field on Thursday to kick off a four-game set with the Gwinnett Stripers. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. with Casey Sadler (0-2, 8.31 ERA) getting the ball for Indy.