LOUISVILLE, KY – Starting pitcher Nick Kingham, who dazzled in his major league debut in Pittsburgh on April 29, was back in an Indianapolis Indians (15-15) uniform on Wednesday.
Kingham officially returned to the Tribe on Wednesday after a pair of winning starts with the Pirates, but the Louisville Bats (11-18) stood in the way.
Louisville scored three runs on seven hits and three walks over the course of Kingham’s six innings, ultimately winning by a final score of 4-3 thanks to an unearned run in the seventh.
Wednesday’s contest started well enough for Indy, who saw Pablo Reyes homer in the top of the first. The solo shot was Reyes’ first Triple-A long ball.
Kingham was only able to hold on to that 1-0 lead until the second inning, when the Bats heated up at the plate.
Louisville took a walk and two singles to open the bottom of the second, quickly tying the score at a run each. Kingham was able to record consecutive outs to put the two-out pressure on Mason Williams, but the Bats center fielder singled home two to push the home team ahead by a score of 3-1.
Kingham pitched through jams throughout the rest of the game, including a bases loaded dilemma in the fifth, but kept Louisville at three runs scored.
Indianapolis rallied in the sixth, using three doubles to even the score at 3-3. Chris Bostick and Eric Wood each drove in runs with two gone to make it a whole new game.
Unfortunately for the Indians, the Bats went right back in front in the seventh.
Alex McRae, Indy’s previously scheduled starter for Wednesday’s game, took over for Kingham in the seventh. McRae issued a walk to the leadoff batter and followed by serving up a ground rule double to Dilson Herrera. A pop up and an intentional walk later, the bases were full of Bats with one out. A fielding error by Wyatt Mathisen at third base did the Tribe in, though, as Louisville was able to score the game’s deciding run.
The final game of this series is slated for a 7:00 start at Louisville Slugger Field. Indianapolis will send Tyler Eppler (3-1, 2.64 ERA) to the mound, looking for a series split.