INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians (58-48) and Buffalo Bisons (47-55) each took home a win from Sunday’s doubleheader, completing a five-game series in which Indy won four ballgames.
Sunday’s twin bill was full of pitching, as the Bisons notched a 2-1 victory in game one, while the Tribe emerged with a W in game two on a final score of 2-0.
Game one’s starting pitchers, Brandon Waddell (Indianapolis) and Zach Stewart (Buffalo), both threw the ball well.
Waddell worked 5.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and four walks. Stewart went five innings, limiting the Indians to one run on four hits and two walks.
Stewart ultimately picked up the victory, though, as the Bisons broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth. Waddell retired the first two batters of the frame, but a two-out walk signaled the end of his outing. Dovydas Neverauskas took over for Waddell, but served up a RBI double to Tim Lopes that ended up winning game one for Buffalo.
Game two was also a pitcher’s duel, with the Tribe coming out on top this time.
Damien Magnifico, whose 30 appearances in 2018 have all come out of the bullpen, started on the hill for Indy. With 41 career minor league starts to his name (out of 223 career outings), Magnifico sure looked the part of an ace on Sunday.
The right-hander tossed five shutout innings, keeping the Bisons to just one hit and two walks. Buffalo didn’t get a hit until Billy McKinney singled with two outs in the fourth and that knock turned out to be the Bisons’ only one of game two.
Matt Tracy opposed Magnifico on the bump and was right on par with him. Buffalo’s southpaw issued four free passes over his six innings of work, but also fired a one-hit shutout.
It was a seventh inning rally against new Bisons hurler Craig Breslow that sent Indianapolis to a game two triumph.
Ryan Lavarnway doubled and Jason Martin walked to get the Indians right into business, with Pablo Reyes successfully reaching on a bunt single next to load the bases. Erich Weiss dug in next and made it four straight to reach, as his single made it 1-0. Kevin Newman put a capper on the outburst with another single, handing Indy a two-run edge.
Jesus Liranzo pitched two no-hit innings behind Magnifico, wrapping up a double dip split for the Indians.
Following a 6-2 homestand that surged them to the top of the division, Indianapolis will head off for an important road trip on Monday. The Tribe will battle the second place Columbus Clippers for three games and then head out to Toledo for a four-game set with the third place Mud Hens.
The opening game of the seven-game trip is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start in Columbus. J.T. Brubaker (6-3, 3.74 ERA) gets the nod for Indy on Monday.