LOUISVILLE, KY – Starting pitcher Austin Coley threw five solid innings, but the Indianapolis Indians (14-14) didn’t quite have enough in Louisville on Monday.
Two runs in the fifth inning served as the difference, as the Louisville Bats (10-17) won by a final score of 3-1.
Coley put up four consecutive zeroes to begin his evening, but the fifth inning proved to be fateful.
Three hits, a walk and an error hurt the Tribe in the bottom of the fifth. All of that activity led to a pair of Bats runs, giving the home team a lead they would never relinquish.
Coley did not return to pitch the sixth, leaving him with a final line of two runs allowed (one earned) on six hits and two walks.
Louisville was thrust into a bullpen day, but spot starter Zach Neal and company responded to the challenge well.
Neal matched Coley with five innings of work, shutting out Indy on five hits and a walk. Behind Neal, four Bats relievers closed this one out.
Indianapolis also notched five hits and a walk versus Louisville’s bullpen, but could only get one run in the sixth.
The Bats plated an insurance run in the eighth and held on from there.
Casey Sadler (0-2, 6.00 ERA) gets the ball for the Indians in Tuesday’s matchup with Louisville. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.