LOUISVILLE, KY – The Indianapolis Indians (44-37) put an ugly series in Columbus behind them on Monday, snapping a four-game losing streak in Louisville.
Indy broke Monday’s game open with six runs in the eighth, breaking a 1-1 tie en route to a 7-1 victory over the Louisville Bats (32-47). Two Bats errors in that fateful eighth inning helped the Tribe put the home team away.
Before the Indians got their offense running late, Monday’s contest was a pretty solid pitcher’s duel.
For Indianapolis, Alex McRae capitalized on his seven shutout innings his last time out. The right-hander served up a RBI triple in the bottom of the first, but shut out Louisville the rest of the way. McRae ended up going 5.2 innings, limiting the Bats to that one run on seven hits and two walks. His ERA is now down to 4.61 after being at 5.30 just two starts ago.
Jose Lopez got the ball for Louisville, keeping Indy to one run over six innings. The Tribe’s lone run versus Lopez came thanks to an Adam Frazier sacrifice fly in the third.
The score remained locked up at one run each until the eighth, where the Indians put up their six spot.
A one-out fielding error from Bats shortstop Blake Trehan got the ball rolling for Indianapolis. Jordan Luplow reached as a result, moved to second on a Kevin Kramer single and then stood on third after Ryan Lavarnway walked to load the bases. Wyatt Mathisen then put the Tribe up 3-1, singling to score two. Another error, this time from Louisville outfielder Phillip Ervin, left runners on second and third for the visitors.
Indy kept pouring it on after that. Eric Wood doubled home Lavarnway and Mathisen, pushing the Indians ahead 5-1. Pablo Reyes walked and after Kevin Newman grounded out, major league rehabber Sean Rodriguez ripped a two-out double to plate two more runs and extend the Tribe’s advantage to 7-1.
Rodriguez, who is working his way back to the Pittsburgh Pirates after experiencing a right quad strain, went 2-for-4 with those two RBIs on Monday night.
At an even 4-4 on the road trip, the Indians will play one more at Louisville Slugger Field on Tuesday before returning home for their annual 4th of July home game on Wednesday. J.T. Brubaker (4-2, 3.66 ERA) will start on the hill for Indianapolis in the road trip finale.