CHARLOTTE, N.C. – With the score tied at 2-2 going into the seventh inning, the Indianapolis Indians (25-21) and Charlotte Knights (18-30) were fighting for a win. Indy was the team to get it done.
Three walks and a hit by pitch in the top of the seventh helped fuel the Tribe to a four-run frame, breaking the tie for good en route to a 6-2 victory.
Through five innings on Saturday, each side had plate a pair of runs.
Charlotte scored one in the second and one in the fifth against Indians starting pitcher Alex McRae. Juan Perez singled home the Knights’ first run in the second, taking advantage of a walk and a hit to start the inning. Then in the fifth, Charlotte got two singles and a walk on their way to knocking McRae out of action.
McRae pitched only 4.1 innings, giving up two runs on six hits and four walks.
Indianapolis got their two early runs thanks to a two-spot in the third. Erich Weiss and Chris Bostick each doubled in the frame, with Bostick’s scoring the Tribe’s first run. Jordan Luplow got a run-producing groundout later in the inning for the visitor’s second run.
The top of the seventh is where the Indians won this ballgame.
Indy’s first five batters of the inning all reached – walk, hit by pitch, single, single, walk – to shoot them ahead 4-2. Bostick then hit into a double play, putting Charlotte into position to limit the damage, but Luplow ripped a two-run single to extend the Tribe’s edge to 6-2.
Jesus Liranzo then blanked the Knights in innings seven and eight, with Dovydas Neverauskas striking out the side in the ninth to wrap up the win for Indianapolis.
Game three of this four-game set is scheduled for another 7:04 p.m. start on Sunday. Clay Holmes (2-2, 4.37 ERA) will start on the bump for the Tribe.