COLUMBUS, Ohio – It took just over a month, but the Indianapolis Indians (10-16) finally got the job done.
After starting the 2017 season with a 0-5-3 series record, the Tribe picked up a 5-4 win over the Columbus Clippers (11-17) on Sunday that gave Indy the two games to none decision in their weekend series at Huntington Park.
The Indians had it going at the plate early, seizing a 3-0 lead before the Clips could bat in the bottom of the second.
Erich Weiss and Eric Wood secured RBIs in the first, with a RBI double and a sacrifice fly, respectively. Jacob Stallings then made it 3-0 in the second, with his first home run of the year.
With Josh Lindblom promoted to the major leagues, Sunday was a bullpen game for the Tribe. Cody Dickson got things started with three scoreless frames, but when Brett McKinney entered in the fourth, Columbus scored their first run.
The run was unearned, thanks to an error by Max Moroff, as Erik Gonzalez made it 3-1 with a run-scoring groundout.
Indy would take back their three-run cushion in the sixth, using a little bit of small ball. Danny Ortiz singled to open the inning and after Stallings reached on an error, Joey Terdoslavich made it a 4-1 contest with a sacrifice fly.
The Clips would answer again, though, with their second run of the afternoon coming against Tribe reliever Pat Light. Back-to-back walks to start the inning came back to bit Light, who surrendered a RBI single to Richie Shaffer later in the frame.
Sunday’s back-and-forth battle continued in the eighth, when the Indians got a much-needed insurance run. Wood played long ball with a solo shot in the inning, his third homer of the season, which turned out to be a big run in the end.
Wood’s home run was significant due to what occurred in the bottom of the ninth. Indianapolis reliever Dovydas Neverauskas gave up a two-out, two-run homer to Shaffer that made things interesting late. Neverauskas proceeded to make Sunday’s ending extra interesting by issuing a walk and serving up a single before striking out Nellie Rodriguez to preserve the 5-4 win for the Indians.
Indianapolis pitching walked a season-high 11 batters on Sunday, but were able to limit Columbus to just four runs thanks to stranding 14 Clipper runners on base.
Following a quick and successful road trip, the Indians head back to Indy for a seven-game homestand at Victory Field. The Tribe open up against the Charlotte Knights on Monday, with game time slated for 7:05 p.m. Drew Hutchison (0-1, 5.00 ERA) gets the ball for Indianapolis.