INDIANAPOLIS – Jason Martin singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth on Wednesday afternoon, giving the Indianapolis Indians (64-51) their third walk-off win of the season.
The Tribe’s 4-3 win is their second straight against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (70-55). Indy goes for the sweep of the International League’s best team on Thursday night.
Neither Kevin Newman or Jacob Stallings were able to notch another cycle on Wednesday (Newman went 0-for-4 and Stallings was off), but there were other heroes for the Indians.
Ryan Lavarnway, starting in place of Stallings at catcher, got Indianapolis on the board first with a two-run homer in the opening inning. Lavarnway’s blast was his ninth of the year.
Nick Kingham, pitching for the Tribe for the first time since June 25 after starting five games in the majors in July, tossed five innings of two-run ball. The right-hander scattered six hits and walked two batters, but was left with a no-decision when he left the ballgame in a 2-2 tie.
Jerrick Suiter‘s sacrifice fly handed the lead back to Indy in the fifth, but former Indian Danny Ortiz doubled home the game’s tying run in inning number eight. The Tribe would not be denied in the ninth, though.
Eric Wood quickly got the Indians in business, ripping a double to left. Pinch-hitter Alfredo Reyes followed with a successful sac bunt and after Newman was intentionally walked, Martin dug in. Indianapolis’ center field sliced a single through the right side, scoring Wood to give the home team a thrilling 4-3 victory.
Mitch Keller (0-2, 7.99 ERA) gets the ball for the Indians in Thursday’s series finale. Indy aims for that three-game sweep of the Pigs at 7:05 p.m.