INDIANAPOLIS – Pitching has been the key to a promising start to this homestand for the Indianapolis Indians (57-45). After Nick Kingham tossed seven innings of one-run ball on Monday, Tyler Glasnow did the same for the Tribe on Tuesday.
Indy cruised to a 5-2 win over the Rochester Red Wings (58-44), using another fantastic start from Glasnow to claim victory in a third straight game. The right-hander now has six wins in eight starts (zero losses) since being optioned to the Indians on June 15.
Glasnow’s performance was quite similar to Kingham’s outing on Monday night.
Each pitcher went seven innings for Indianapolis, with their only mistake of the ballgame coming in the form of a solo home run. It was former Indian Matt Hague who got Glasnow, sending a blast over the wall in left center in the sixth inning.
Glasnow held the Red Wings to four hits, walked three and struck out seven batters. The 23-year-old now has 73 strikeouts in just 49 1/3 innings of work at the Triple-A level. His ERA is now at 1.46, as he has only surrendered a total of eight runs over the course of those 49 1/3 frames.
Hector Santiago climbed the mound for Rochester in a rehab start for the Minnesota Twins. It was not his best performance. Santiago recorded just three outs, as the Tribe scored four runs.
In the first, a two-out double from Joey Terdoslavich scored Kevin Newman to make it 1-0. Then in the second, a Phil Gosselin double and a Danny Ortiz single put the home team in business. A wild pitch scored Gosselin and when Gift Ngoepe drew a walk, that was it for Santiago.
An error scored Indy’s third and fourth runs following Santiago’s departure, leaving the rehabbing lefty with a final line of four runs allowed (three earned) on three hits and two walks in just over an inning pitched.
The Indians never let go of that lead, eventually adding on a fifth run in the seventh. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jordan Luplow (who was back in the lineup following a minor hand injury), dribbled a soft roller down the third base line to score Indianapolis’ last run of the night. The RBI knock came on a check swing, going down pretty much as a perfectly placed swinging bunt.
Rochester did get a run to make it 5-2 in the ninth, but a nice catch from Ngoepe at second ended this one with a bang.
The Tribe and Red Wings will go at it again on Wednesday, with an afternoon start time. First pitch from Victory Field is slated for 1:35 p.m. with Tyler Eppler (6-5, 4.96 ERA) scheduled to pitch for the Indians.