TOLEDO, OH – Wyatt Mathisen clubbed a grand slam, helping the Indianapolis Indians (61-50) churn out 11 runs at Fifth Third Field on Friday.
Four Tribe batters recorded multi-RBI nights, as Indy earned a 12-7 knock out of the Toledo Mud Hens (57-53) on a night full of offense. With the victory, Indianapolis reclaims a 3.5-game lead over Toledo for the top spot in the IL West.
The Indians never trailed in this ballgame, leading by as many as six runs. Toledo did fight back to within a run at 7-6 in the fifth inning, but the Tribe answered with a four-run sixth to regain comfortable control.
Mathisen made headlines with his grand slam, the homer that gave Indy some breathing room in the sixth, but others had great nights as well.
Pablo Reyes collected four hits, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and a whopping four runs scored. Kevin Newman and Ryan Lavarnway each compiled three hits and two RBIs. And Alfredo Reyes, playing in just his fourth ever game with the Indians, picked up his first two hits at the Triple-A level.
Brandon Waddell served as Indianapolis’ starting pitcher on Friday and was knocked around a bit. Waddell lasted 4.1 innings, giving up six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks. It was Waddell’s shortest start since June 29 in Columbus, when he only made it through 3.2 frames.
The Tribe’s bullpen did a solid job of damage control behind Waddell.
Tanner Anderson got the Indians to the eighth, working 2.2 innings of one-run ball. Jesus Liranzo then pitched the final two innings of the evening, shutting out the Hens to secure victory for the visitors.
J.T. Brubaker (6-3, 3.54 ERA) will climb the hill on Saturday for Indy, as the Tribe aim for another W over the Mud Hens. Game time from Toledo is again scheduled for 7:05 p.m.