INDIANAPOLIS – It took extra innings, but the Indianapolis Indians were victorious in their return home on Friday night.
After dropping two of three road games versus the Gwinnett Braves, the Tribe were able to bounce back and finally put away the Norfolk Tides in the 12th inning for a 2-1 win thanks to a Danny Ortiz walk-off single. The victory also served as Indianapolis manager Dean Treanor‘s 456th with the team, making him the third winningest skipper in Indians history.
Wilfredo Boscan made the start on the mound for Indy on Friday, throwing 5 1/3 scoreless innings before being lifted with a potential injury. The righty was putting together a solid performance before exiting, as he limited the Tides to four hits and a walk in his time on the bump.
Boscan was opposed by Norfolk starter Ariel Miranda, who fired three shutout innings early on before the Indians took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Jose Osuna was the man who notched the RBI in the frame, drilling a run-scoring double to center that extended his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games.
Miranda ultimately turned in seven respectable innings for the Tides, keeping Indy to one run on four hits and five strikeouts.
The Tribe held on to their one-run advantage until the seventh, when Norfolk evened the score at 1-1 with some two-out offense. Mike Yastrzemski, son of Boston Red Sox legend Carl Yaztrzemski, came up with a clutch RBI single with two gone in the inning to get Norfolk on the scoreboard.
Friday’s contest would remained locked up at one run each all the way until the 12th, when the Indians finally put the Tides away for good. Norfolk reliever Edgar Olmos was wild in the frame, walking three straight batters to start the inning before Ortiz hit the walk-off RBI single to center with one out.
The middle game of this weekend series at Victory Field is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start on Saturday. Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 1.36 ERA) is expected to take the ball for Indy, his first time in the starting role since July 7.