LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – The Indianapolis Indians (51-44) finally woke up offensively on Thursday night, avoiding a four-game sweep at the hands of the Gwinnett Stripers (44-53).
Indy had scored just seven runs total in the first three games at Coolray Field, but the Tribe’s bats got going to the tune of ten runs on 16 hits on Thursday. Kevin Kramer was the star of Indianapolis’ big night, becoming the first Tribe batter to collect five hits in one game since Josh Harrison achieved the feat in May of 2011.
The Indians never trailed in this contest after entering the game without a lead in their past 36 innings played. Pablo Reyes‘ RBI single in the second and Jose Osuna‘s RBI double in the third put the wheels in motion for the visitors, giving them a quick 2-0 cushion.
Gwinnett got on the scoreboard in their half of the third, trimming Indy’s lead in half, but the Indians got right back to work in the fourth. Reyes collected a second run-scoring knock, this time a triple, before Kevin Newman made it 4-1 with a productive groundout.
Austin Riley notched his second RBI of the evening in the fifth, bringing the Stripers to within two runs at 4-2, but Indy burst loose for a big sixth inning to pull away.
Four of Indianapolis’ first five batters in the inning reached, allowing the Tribe’s advantage to balloon to 8-2. Frazier brought home two with a single to right, while Austin Meadows followed with a big two-run homer. It was Meadows’ first long ball in an Indians uniform since April 27, his only homer in Triple-A in 2018.
The Tribe weren’t done, though, as Newman smoked a two-run bomb in the ninth to extend their lead to 10-2 and close out the scoring for the night.
In all, it was a promising performance at the plate for Indy. In addition to Kramer’s 5-for-5 stat line, Reyes collected four hits and scored three times. Five different men also notched RBIs (four with two or more), helping Indianapolis put an end to their four-game losing streak.
J.T. Brubaker toed the rubber for the Tribe on Thursday, tossing five solid innings. The righty gave up two runs on eight hits and two walks, as well as striking out five batters. Brubaker’s ERA is now back under four runs at the 3.98 mark.
Next up for Indianapolis is a three-game series in Charlotte. Friday’s opener versus the Knights will be started by Clay Holmes (6-3, 3.39 ERA) and will get underway at 7:04 p.m.