LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – Despite not getting their first hit against the Indianapolis Indians until the ninth inning of Wednesday’s contest, the Gwinnett Braves somehow managed to pull out a win.
Tribe starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow tossed seven no-hit innings and the team took a combined no-no into the ninth, but the G-Braves rallied for three runs in the frame before Anthony Recker smashed a walk-off home run in the tenth to give Gwinnett a 4-3 win at Coolray Field.
Glasnow, who threw six innings of no-hit ball against the Charlotte Knights in his last start on June 17, made it back-to-back no-hit performances as he kept the Braves out of the hit column on Wednesday. The Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect walked six hitters in Charlotte and issued five free passes on Wednesday, but he was also able to punch out eight Gwinnett batters to add on to his International League lead in strikeouts.
At the plate, Indy gave Glasnow and company solid support with three runs. They got the scoring started in the second, plating two runs against Braves starter Manny Banuelos. A couple of walks after a Max Moroff one-out single loaded the bases for Gift Ngoepe, who came up with a two-run single to put the Indians ahead.
Banuelos would work 4 2/3 innings for Gwinnett, allowing two runs on four hits and five walks.
The G-Braves bullpen did a solid job after Banuelos’ departure, but an eighth inning rally allowed the Tribe to bring home a late insurance run. Moroff led off the inning with a triple and scored a batter later when Willy Garcia recorded a sacrifice fly against Stephen Janas, who fired three innings of one-run ball in relief for Gwinnett.
Trey Haley took over for Glasnow in the eighth and despite walking two batters, was able to carry the combined no-hitter into the ninth. Indianapolis’ bid at history was dashed quickly in the ninth, as Recker singled and started a massive rally that ruined the Tribe’s night.
After Recker’s base knock, Rio Ruiz hit a ground-rule double and Mel Rojas Jr. was able to make it a 3-1 game with a sacrifice fly. A nice catch from Austin Meadows in center put the Indians an out away from a win, but a passed ball and a hit by pitch forced Indy to call on Jhondaniel Medina out of their bullpen.
Medina struggled mightily to throw strikes, walking Matt Tuiasosopo to load the bases and then issuing consecutive run-scoring walks to Ozzie Albies and Ronnier Mustelier to tie the score at 3-3.
The Tribe went down quietly in the top of the tenth, setting the stage for Recker to finish off a crazy comeback for the G-Braves. Gwinnett’s catcher started the furious rally in the ninth and ended it with a leadoff homer in the tenth, a solo shot to left center that gave the Braves an unlikely 4-3 victory.
Following a very tough loss, the Indians will look to wrap up their road trip with a series-splitting win over the G-Braves on Thursday. Game time from Coolray Field is set for 7:05 p.m. with Trevor Williams (1-3, 4.73 ERA) slated to start on the hill for Indianapolis.