BUFFALO, N.Y. – Things just are not going the Indianapolis Indians‘ way lately, proven again by their game on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Field.
Tribe starting pitcher Trevor Williams threw seven strong innings, but four errors on Indy and a home run from Ryan Goins in the first inning led the Buffalo Bisons to a 1-0 victory. With this loss, Indianapolis has now dropped five consecutive contests and falls to nine games back of the Columbus Clippers in the division standings.
Williams, who has been fantastic on the mound for the Indians in 2016, turned in another great performance on Wednesday despite taking the loss. The right-hander surrendered one run on four hits and six strikeouts in his seven frames pitched, but one pitch in particular gave the Bisons the upper hand.
It was the second batter of the ballgame that burnt Williams and the Tribe, as Goins launched a solo shot to right in the bottom of the first that gave Buffalo the only bit of offense they would need.
Buffalo survived with just one run scored thanks to starter Scott Diamond, who mowed down Indianapolis batters left and right. Diamond shut out the Tribe on four hits in eight phenomenal innings of work, striking out six and walking none.
With just three outs to go, Buffalo called on reliever Dustin Antolin in the ninth and he answered the call by sitting the Indians down in order to pick up the save and a 1-0 win for the home team.
The Bisons will go for the series sweep in Thursday’s finale, set for a 1:05 p.m. start at Coca-Cola Field. Kelvin Marte (2-2, 4.21) will get the ball for Indy.