INDIANAPOLIS – Right-hander Clay Holmes tossed seven shutout innings on Thursday, guiding the Indianapolis Indians (54-47) to a series win over the Rochester Red Wings (45-55).
Indy moved back into first place in the division thanks to last night’s victory. The Tribe’s 4-0 triumph on Thursday keeps them atop the IL West, although a new second place team has emerged. The Columbus Clippers now sit just a half game back of Indianapolis, while the Toledo Mud Hens slip to third place and a game and a half out of the lead.
The Indians struck quickly in this one, using some timely hitting to knock in three runs in the first. Three consecutive batters reached with two outs, highlighted by Kevin Kramer’s RBI single and Chris Bostick’s two-run hit.
Rochester righty Fernando Romero settled in nicely after Indy’s quick start, but Ryan Lavarnway got the home team back on the board in the fifth. Lavarnway took Romero deep to right field, extending the Tribe’s lead to 4-0 with a 412-foot solo homer.
All of that was more than enough for Holmes.
Indianapolis’ right-hander had the Red Wings off balance all evening long, blanking them over the course of seven stellar innings. Holmes kept Rochester to just four hits and issued only one walk.
Next up for the Indians is five games in three days against the Buffalo Bisons. The Tribe and Bisons will play doubleheaders at Victory Field on both Friday and Sunday, with the first twinbill set to get underway at 6:05 p.m. on Friday.