INDIANAPOLIS – Just one inning did the Indianapolis Indians in on Saturday, as the Toledo Mud Hens broke out at the plate in the seventh to claim a victory.
Tribe starter Kyle Lobstein threw five scoreless innings and Alen Hanson homered to give Indy a short-lived lead, but the Hens scored four runs in the seventh to walk away with the 4-1 win at Victory Field.
Lobstein, who started in place of healthy scratch Chad Kuhl, struck out eight and allowed just two hits over the course of five frames on the mound. He was opposed by Toledo’s Buck Farmer, who was equally as good on the hill in Saturday’s contest.
The right-hander no-hit the Indians through 4 1/3 innings pitched, but by the time the sixth inning ended, Indianapolis had the lead. Hanson, with one out in the sixth, recorded the Tribe’s second hit and first run of the night by crushing a solo homer to right field.
Indy’s 1-0 advantage would not last long, however, as the Mud Hens answered quickly by putting four runs up on the scoreboard against Indians reliever Dovydas Neverauskas in the top of the seventh.
Dean Green led off the inning with a deep home run to right center, tying the score at 1-1 before Toledo took the lead for good. Eight more batters came to the plate against Neverauskas in the seventh, with two hits and two walks turning into three runs and a 4-1 lead for the visiting Hens.
Neverauskas took the loss in the end, his third of the year, surrendering four runs on three hits and a couple of walks in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
Indianapolis would put runners on base in both the eighth and ninth innings, but a double play in each frame erased the offensive threats and allowed Toledo to secure the 4-1 victory.
Game three of this four-game set is scheduled to get underway from downtown Indy at 1:35 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Frank Duncan (8-5, 2.48 ERA) is expected to take the ball for the hometown Indians.
Outfielder Austin Meadows was reinstated from the disabled list and rejoined the Tribe’s roster, along with right-handed reliever John Kuchno. Lefty Josh Outman was assigned to the Altoona Curve in Double-A, with right-hander Curtis Partch promoted to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the bigs.