INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Indians (24-20) starting pitcher Tyler Eppler spun quite the gem on a Thursday.
Eppler struck out nine batters over the course of six shutout innings, fueling the Tribe in a series-clinching 4-0 victory over the Louisville Bats (14-29).
Indy’s right-gander stymied Louisville, allowing just one hit through five innings. The Bats also didn’t put a runner on second base until inning number six.
Eppler did serve up three singles in his final frame of work, but preserved the shutout. He finished with a final line of no runs allowed on four hits and zero walks. He earned his fourth win of the season for his efforts, a club high.
Offensively, Indianapolis got it done with three runs in the second inning and one more in the third.
The first three batters of the bottom of the second reached, allowing Pablo Reyes’ double to score two and give the Tribe the lead. A Kevin Newman single later in the frame extended the home team’s edge to 3-0.
In the third, Jordan Luplow led off with a double to get the Indians going. He later stole third base and scored on an Eric Wood double to push Indy ahead by a score of 4-0.
That 4-0 advantage held up thanks to Eppler and the work of the relievers behind him.
Josh Smoker fired 1.2 perfect innings to start, with Bo Schultz closing the door on the Bats in the final 1.1 innings. Schultz surrendered three hits, all singles, but was still able to wrap up the win for the Indians.
After taking three of four from Louisville, the Tribe will now head out to Charlotte for four games with the Knights. Friday’s opener will be started by Nick Kingham, who will pitch for Indy for the first time since May 9.