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Indians Rout Red Wings, Earn First Series Sweep of 2018

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A dominant series at Frontier Field ended on Thursday afternoon with the Indianapolis Indians (30-27) getting their first sweep of the season.

Indy shut out the Rochester Red Wings (28-27) for the second time in three days and went off for eight runs on 13 hits at the plate, wrapping up the first half of their road trip with a 8-0 victory. The Tribe outscored the Wings 20-2 over the course of their three-game set, extending their season-best win streak to five in the process.

Following a scoreless first inning, the Indians broke out in the second frame. Kevin Kramer opened the inning by getting hit with a pitch and after he stole second base, Wyatt Mathisen doubled him home to put the visitors ahead 1-0. Max Moroff stepped up to the dish next and homered for the first time since May 23, plating Mathisen and making the score 3-0.

Chris Bostick led off the third inning with his fourth home run of the year, giving Indianapolis a 4-0 edge, before they erupted for four more runs in inning number five.

Three straight one-out singles, capped by Jose Osuna‘s RBI knock, shot Indy ahead by five runs. Kramer struck out next for the second out of the inning, but the next four Indians batters reached. Mathisen made it 6-0 with a RBI single. Moroff walked to load the bases. Ryan Lavarnway knocked home the Tribe’s seventh run with a single. And lastly, Pablo Reyes drew a bases loaded walk to balloon Indianapolis’ advantage to 8-0.

In all, every Indians hitter reached base in this game. Eight of the nine players in the lineup recorded hits, with Bostick and Jordan Luplow each posting three-hit days. Reyes was the only man not to get a hit, but he did get on base via a walk and notched a RBI with that base on balls.

On the mound for Indy on Thursday was J.T. Brubaker. Rochester scattered five hits and drew four walks versus the right-hander, but Brubaker was able to turn in six scoreless innings for the Tribe in the end. Brubaker’s ERA is now down to 3.09 through five Triple-A starts.

Indianapolis’ bullpen, which has been fantastic all season long, did their job again in this ballgame.

Josh Smoker dodged a two-out triple to turn in a scoreless seventh. Jesus Liranzo walked a batter with two gone in the eighth, but struck out the side to keep the Red Wings off of the scoreboard. Liranzo then return to pitch in the ninth and allowed two runners into scoring position with one out, but wiggled off the hook to secure the shutout for the visitors.

Over 10.1 innings in this series, Rochester did not score a single run against Indianapolis’ bullpen.

Next up for the Indians is a three games with the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium. The opening game is slated for 7:05 p.m. on Friday with Clay Holmes (3-3, 4.31 ERA) expected to pitch for Indy.

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