INDIANAPOLIS – With their playoff aspirations beginning to dwindle, the Indianapolis Indians (72-66) got an important W on Saturday.
The Tribe used a four-run second inning to push themselves past the Louisville Bats (60-75), posting a 5-2 victory in their final regular season home game.
Big news out of Columbus, too, as the Toledo Mud Hens are your new IL West division leaders. The Hens’ win over the Clippers propels to them to a half-game lead for first place over both Indy and Columbus.
Louisville got a run in the first versus Indians starting pitcher Brandon Waddell, but that would be it.
Waddell completed six innings of one-run ball, scattering just four hits and one walk. For his efforts, the righty picked up his first win since July 13.
At the plate, Indianapolis used that four-run second frame to jump ahead and never look back.
The Tribe sent ten men to the plate in that big inning, with four singles powering the scoring. An error later helped the home team extend their advantage to 4–1.
A Jerrick Suiter sacrifice fly rounded out the offense for Indy in the third.
The final two games of the Tribe’s 2018 campaign will come from Louisville, Kentucky. A 6:00 p.m. date with the Bats looms on Sunday.