INDIANAPOLIS – The weather may have held up on Monday, but the Louisville Bats ended up putting a damper on the Indianapolis Indians‘ 4th of July festivities.
Louisville overcame an early three-run hole with 11 unanswered runs, as the Tribe fell in their annual Independence Day contest at Victory Field by a score of 11-3.
It was the Indians who had control of Monday’s game early on, as they scored runs in the first and second innings against Bats starting pitcher Amir Garrett to go ahead 3-0. In the first, it was a single and a pair of walks that lead to a RBI groundout from Jason Rogers. Indy then used the long ball in the second, as Danny Ortiz made it a three-run advantage with a two-run shot to right.
Garrett ultimately shook off his rough start and threw six solid innings for Louisville, keeping the Tribe to three runs on three hits and two walks. The southpaw picked up his first career Triple-A win for his efforts in his third start at the level.
Everything went the Bats’ way after that, as they reeled off 11 consecutive runs.
Indians starter Frank Duncan held Louisville scoreless through the game’s first two innings, but the Bats broke through for four runs in the third. Steve Selksy singled to make it 3-1 and then Kyle Waldrop hit a three-run homer later in the frame to give Louisville the lead at 4-3.
After a shutout fourth, the Bats added a couple more runs and knocked Duncan out of the ballgame in the fifth. Back-to-back doubles and a walk made it 5-3 and forced the Tribe to call on their bullpen. John Kuchno replaced Duncan and immediately gave up a RBI single to Seth Mejias-Brean, which was charged to Duncan’s final line.
Indy’s right-handed starter surrendered six runs (two earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Louisville kept the offense coming in the sixth, as all nine starters came to the plate in another four-run inning. Three Bats secured RBIs in the frame versus Kuchno, with Chris Berset‘s two-run single capping the outburst.
Trey Haley pitched the final three innings out of Indy’s bullpen and Louisville was able to get one last run in the seventh. Scott Schebler homered in the frame, his ninth of the season, to push the Bats’ cushion up to 11-3.
Following a tough loss on Monday, the Indians will get a bit of a boost in Tuesday’s game. Pittsburgh Pirates starter Gerrit Cole will make a rehab start for Indianapolis in their matchup with Louisville, which is slated to get underway at 7:05 p.m. from the Vic.