LOUISVILLE, KY – Cincinnati Reds righty Homer Bailey rehabbed with the Louisville Bats (33-47) on Tuesday, limiting the Indianapolis Indians (44-38) to one run over 6.2 innings.
The Bats plated three runs in the second inning, which turned out to be enough, as Louisville emerged with a 3-1 win. After winning the first three games of their season-long nine-game road trip, Indy now limps home with five losses in their last six tries.
Bailey, who has struggled in the majors (1-7, 6.68 ERA) and in his four previous Triple-A rehab starts (0-2, 8.44 ERA) this year, looked much better on this night.
The 12-year MLB veteran struck out eight Tribe batters and didn’t issue a single walk. Indianapolis compiled seven hits, but were only able to get one run. That came in the third inning, as Kevin Newman singled home Pablo Reyes.
J.T. Brubaker toed the rubber for the Indians, working through a rough second inning to produce a quality start.
The trouble started for Brubaker in the frame when Gabriel Guerrero led off with a home run to left center field. D.J. Peterson followed with a double and then Steve Selsky singled, putting runners on the corners for the Bats with no one out. Stuart Turner committed Louisville’s first out of the inning, but it was a fly ball to center that allowed Peterson to tag and score. Mason Williams came up with a two-out RBI single later in the inning, extending the home team’s edge to 3-0.
Brubaker settled in nicely following that three-run outburst, pitching into the sixth inning. Indy’s right-hander fell an out shy of throwing a clean six innings, instead settling for a final line of three runs allowed on six hits and a walk in 5.2 innings.
Trailing 3-1 when Brubaker exited, the Indians came up just short in evening the score.
Jordan Luplow knocked in a run in the eighth to trim the visitors’ deficit down to a run, but nothing was doing in the ninth. Bats reliever Kevin Quackenbush nailed the victory down, striking out a pair in a 1-2-3 final inning.
After each club took a game in Louisville, the series shifts to downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday to kick off the final two battles. Brandon Waddell (2-4, 7.84 ERA) will get the ball for the Tribe in their annual 6:15 p.m. 4th of July game at Victory Field.