INDIANAPOLIS – Right-hander J.T. Brubaker turned in seven strong innings on Wednesday, helping the Indianapolis Indians (53-47) top the Rochester Red Wings (45-54).
Brubaker got just enough help from Indy’s offense, as the Tribe squeaked out a 3-1 win at Victory Field.
Brubaker, who entered Wednesday’s ballgame with a 5.46 ERA at the Vic, looked right at home in this one.
Rochester did get a run on a solo homer in the fourth, but that was all Brubaker gave them. The 24-year-old held the Wings to that one run on a total of four hits and a walk in seven innings pitched.
Behind Brubaker, Tanner Anderson worked around a one-out single to complete a clean eighth inning. Anderson returned for the ninth, closing out the victory for Indy in 1-2-3 fashion.
Offensively, the Tribe scraped together three runs on a night in which the Red Wings trotted out four pitchers.
Austin Meadows singled home Indy’s first run in the third. Jose Osuna hit a comebacker to the pitcher in the fifth, getting the Indians the lead when a wild throw to first base scored a run. And in the sixth, Indianapolis got some insurance thanks to a Pablo Reyes sacrifice fly.
The finale of this series comes from the Circle City at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday evening. Clay Holmes (6-3, 3.68 ERA) is expected to pitch for the Indians.