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Durham Shuts Out Indianapolis To Take 2-0 Series Lead

 

Indians first baseman Edwin Espinal at the plate in Game 2. (Photo: Indianapolis Indians)

DURHAM, N.C. – On a night where the Indianapolis Indians needed something to go their way, the Tribe couldn’t get anything going.

Indy now faces a 2-0 series deficit in the Governors’ Cup semifinals, as Jake Bauers knocked in both runs for the Durham Bulls in their 2-0 victory. Indianapolis outhit Durham 8-3 in Game 2, leaving the Indians with just their tenth loss of the season when compiling more hits than their opposition (62-10).

The Tribe called upon one of their most electric pitchers, Tyler Glasnow, for Game 2. The right-hander was fantastic yet again, throwing six innings of one-run ball, but his one mistake was costly.

Bauers, the Tampa Bay Rays‘ number five prospect, led off the second inning by taking Glasnow deep to center field  Bauers was the first batter to homer off of Glasnow since Syracuse’s Pedro Severino did on August 11. It was just Glasnow’s seventh home run allowed with the Indians this season.

Tyler Glasnow was the tough-luck loser on Thursday night. (Photo: Indianapolis Indians)

Glasnow gave up just one hit outside of Bauers’ long ball and walked only two batters in his six innings of work. He also struck out nine batters, his sixth consecutive outing with at least nine punchouts.

Bauers would strike again in the eighth for the Bulls. One by one, Indianapolis relievers allowed Durham to add insurance. Dan Runzler issued a one-out walk, then Brandon Cumpton hit Willy Adames with a pitch and finally Jack Leathersich served up a RBI single to Bauers to make it 2-0.

Yonny Chirinos helped keep Indianapolis off of the scoreboard. The Bulls’ righty turned in seven scoreless innings, working around seven hits and a walk to earn the victory. Chirinos had Indy’s number in the regular season, too, allowing just two earned runs in 13 1/3 innings pitched.

Double plays really hurt Indy in Game 2. The Indians bounced into three double plays, including a big bases loaded twin killing that erased a key scoring opportunity for the visitors in the fourth. Thursday was just not the Tribe’s night at the plate, as they left eight runners on base and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

Now in need of three straight wins to advance, the Indians will look for a spark at home when the series shifts to Victory Field at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Indy also faced a 2-0 hole in the 2015 Governors’ Cup Finals, dropping the first two ballgames on the road in similar fashion to this series. They rallied to force a Game 5, but fell short in that championship-deciding contest.

Nick Kingham (9-6, 4.13 ERA) will climb the mound for Indianapolis on Friday night. Burch Smith (2-1, 1.65 ERA) will serve as Durham’s Game 3 starter.

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