LOUISVILLE, KY – Indianapolis Indians (15-14) starting pitcher Casey Sadler led the charge on Tuesday night.
In his fourth start of 2018, Sadler limited the Louisville Bats (10-18) to one run on two hits in five innings, as the Tribe earned a 5-2 win. The right-hander also struck out eight batters, a season-high and his most since punching out ten in High-A back in July of 2012.
Sadler was feeling it in this ballgame, striking out five straight and seven of eight at one point. He struck out 11 batters in his first 18 innings pitched to start the year, making his eight-punchout performance on Tuesday even more impressive.
Dilson Herrera was the lone thorn in Sadler’s side. Herrera was the only Louisville batter to make any noise against the righty, singling in the second and hitting a leadoff home run in the fifth.
Sadler also issued a walk in the fifth, his final inning of work, but that was all the Bats had to show for versus Indianapolis’ starter.
Behind Sadler, the Tribe’s bullpen used three relievers to carry them home.
Tyler Jones gave up a pair of hits in the sixth, leading to Louisville’s second run, but struck out the side in his only inning of work. The Bats were able to scrap together two hits against Tanner Anderson in the seventh and eighth, but did not score. Johnny Hellweg climbed the mound last in the ninth, wrapping up the victory despite Louisville bringing the tying run to the plate.
Offensively, the Indians got it done with two outs. Back-to-back singles to start the third led to Indy’s first run of the ballgame, but the next four all came with two gone.
In the sixth, Kevin Kramer stood on second base with two outs. Jacob Stallings singled him home, breaking a 1-1 tie. Next up, Erich Weiss tripled to make it 3-1. Wyatt Mathisen, in his Triple-A debut, added another single to extend the visitors’ edge to 4-1. Pablo Reyes even ripped one last hit, but it did not result in another run scored.
Then in the seventh, Jordan Luplow doubled Kramer in with two men out to push Indy’s fifth and final run across.
Mathisen, who was promoted from Double-A Altoona after Jose Osuna was called up to the majors, looked good in his first game with the Indians. The 24-year-old started at third base and went 2-for-3, driving in one run and scoring another.
Game three of this series from Louisville Slugger Field is pegged for a 11:00 a.m. start on Wednesday morning. Alex McRae (0-3, 5.72 ERA) shoots for his first win of the season nice and early for the Tribe.