INDIANAPOLIS – In game two of a big four-game series against the division-leading Columbus Clippers, the Indianapolis Indians once again used great pitching to keep their International League West rivals in check.
Pittsburgh Pirates number one prospect Tyler Glasnow led the way by firing six strong innings, as Indy cruised by Columbus for a second straight day at Victory Field with a 4-1 win on Tuesday.
After Glasnow worked around a single and an error to throw up a zero in the top of the first, the Tribe got some offense going to claim an early advantage in the bottom half of the frame.
Columbus starter Ross Detwiler retired Indy’s first two batters in the inning, but the floodgates opened after that. Josh Bell and Jason Rogers hit back-to-back triples, making it 1-0, before three straight singles (two of which went down for RBIs for Willy Garcia and Danny Ortiz) pushed the Indians in front by a score of 3-0.
Detwiler would end up lasting four innings for the Clips, facing just one batter over the minimum in his final three innings of work. The southpaw finished with a final line of three runs allowed on five hits and a walk in four innings pitched.
Josh Martin took over on the hill for Columbus in the fifth, when the Tribe played add on.
A total of four Indians reached in the inning, but Adam Frazier getting thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice limited Indy to one run scored in the frame. With two outs and runners on the corners, Rogers secured his second RBI of the day and gave the Tribe a 4-0 lead with a run-scoring single up the middle off of Martin.
As for Glasnow, the right-hander rolled through five innings on the mound before Columbus finally got to him for a run in the sixth. Erik Gonzalez led off the inning by tripling to left and after Jesus Aguilar struck out swinging, Yandy Diaz got the job done by collecting a RBI on a groundout to shortstop.
Glasnow exited the game with a 4-1 lead, finishing with a final line of one run allowed on four hits and five strikeouts in six innings of work.
The Tribe bullpen took over from there and made sure Columbus did not make a late rally. A.J. Schugel, Trey Haley and Curtis Partch each threw a perfect inning in relief of Glasnow and locked up the 4-1 victory for Indy.
The Indians and Clippers will go at it in another afternoon contest at Victory Field on Wednesday. First pitch from downtown Indianapolis is slated for 1:35 p.m.
Reliever John Kuchno was assigned to extended Spring Training on Tuesday as Schugel returned to the Indianapolis bullpen. Kuchno compiled an 0-3 record in nine relief appearances with the Tribe, giving up nine runs on 16 hits in 17 innings pitched.