INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians were able to get on the scoreboard on Sunday, unlike the first two games of their series with the Buffalo Bisons, but the end result remained the same.
Buffalo broke a 3-3 tie with a two-run eighth inning, propelling the visiting Bisons to a 5-3 win and a series sweep of the Tribe at Victory Field.
Indy failed to score a single run in 18 total innings against Buffalo on Friday and Saturday, but one big swing of the bat put the Indians ahead in the bottom of the first on Sunday. Austin Meadows doubled with one out in the frame against Bisons starter John Anderson and Max Moroff drove him in a batter later, crushing a two-run homer to left to make it a 2-0 game.
Wilfredo Boscan made the start for the Tribe on Sunday and after getting through the game’s first two innings unscathed, Buffalo struck for a three spot in the third. Five of seven Bison batters in the inning reached on hits, with Darrell Ceciliani, David Adams and Matt Dominguez notching RBIs. The damage in the frame could have been worse, but the Indians were able to throw Dominguez out at the plate on a single from Casey Kotchman.
Boscan would work through the sixth, with Buffalo unable to get any more offense off of him outside of their three runs in the third. Indianapolis’ right-hander finished with a final line of three runs given up on nine hits and a walk.
Anderson settled in nicely for the Bisons with three consecutive shutout innings, but the Indians knocked him out the game by tying the score in the fifth. A Josh Bell single kept the frame alive after a double play, allowing a double from Jason Rogers to even the score at 3-3.
Buffalo’s lefty would finish the fifth, leaving him with a final line of three runs allowed on nine hits and two walks.
Sunday’s contest would remained locked up at three runs each until the top of the eighth, when the Bisons broke through for a game-deciding two-run inning. Tribe reliever Rob Scahill faced eighth batters in the frame, with back-to-back RBI hits from Andy Burns and Melky Mesa shooting Buffalo ahead by a score of 5-3.
The Indians would not go down without a fight, however, as they were able to load the bases with one out in their half of the eighth. Another double from Rogers and a pair of walks forced the Bisons to pull Ben Rowan in favor of Danny Barnes, who was able to keep Buffalo’s lead intact by getting Gift Ngoepe to ground into an inning-ending double play.
Barnes would remain in the game for the ninth, retiring the Indians in order to pick up the four-out save and give the Bisons a 5-3 win.
Following a sweep at the hands of Buffalo, Indianapolis will look to bounce back when they welcome the Gwinnett Braves on Monday to begin a three-game set at Victory Field. Monday’s opener is scheduled to get underway at 7:05 p.m. with Tyler Glasnow (6-2, 1.71 ERA) starting for the Tribe and looking to build on 13 straight hitless innings pitched.