DURHAM, N.C. – The Indianapolis Indians (21-19) were firing on all cylinders on Sunday.
Tribe starting pitcher Alex McRae tossed seven innings of one-run ball, getting the job done on the mound. At the plate, Indy pounded out nine runs on 15 hits. Six batters notched multi-hit games, with three of those six knocking in two runs each.
All of that led to a 9-2 Indians win, keeping them from a three-game sweep at the hands of the Durham Bulls (26-15).
McRae, making his eighth start of the year, was at his best.
The right-hander set season highs in innings pitched (seven) and strikeouts (eight), while limiting the Bulls’ high-powered offense to one run. Durham came up with five hits and a walk versus McRae, but only got on the scoreboard thanks to a solo home run in the fourth inning from Kean Wong.
McRae’s outing was especially encouraging due to his struggles on the road so far in 2018. Entering Sunday’s contest, the 25-year-old held a record of 0-4 and a 9.87 ERA away from Victory Field.
Indy gave McRae plenty of run support in this one.
Eric Wood hit a two-run homer in the second. Three hits, including two with two outs, pushed the visitors ahead 3-0 in the fourth. Chris Bostick made it 5-1 in the seventh with a two-run single. Kevin Kramer then hit his fourth home run of the season in the eighth, starting a four-run frame that extended Indianapolis’ cushion all the way up to 9-1.
It was a nice road trip offensively for the Tribe. With their nine-run output on Sunday, Indianapolis finishes up their six games away from home with 38 runs scored (6.3 runs/game). They went 3-3 on the trip.
The Indians return home on Monday to begin a four-game series versus the Louisville Bats. J.T. Brubaker (1-0, 2.45 ERA) gets the ball for Indy for the 7:05 p.m. opener.