COLUMBUS, OH – The Indianapolis Indians (10-8) exploded offensively on Friday night, scoring 17 runs on a Victory Field-era record 23 hits.
Indy cruised past the Columbus Clippers (8-11) by a final score of 17-5, bringing back memories of another dominant performance from 2017. Just last season, the Tribe went into Huntington Park and dropped 21 runs on the Clippers in a 20-run victory.
The Indians were hitting from the very beginning on Friday, taking a quick 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Indianapolis got four straight hits to start the night and later made it five, leading to four runs right out of the gate.
Indy scored two more runs in the third. They added another in the fourth. A big seven spot in the fifth. And finally, the Tribe wrapped up their scoring for the ballgame with three in the sixth.
The top seven batters in Indianapolis’ lineup recorded multiple hits in this one. Eight notched at least one RBI.
The Tribe entered Friday’s contest as the International League’s leader in extra base hits with 41 doubles and nine triples. But Indy also had just one home run to their name thus far. They hit three times as many on Friday.
Jose Osuna was responsible for that lone long ball and helped restore power to the Indians with his second homer of 2018, a two-run shot in the fifth. Kevin Kramer (two-run in the third) and Austin Meadows (solo in the fourth) also went deep.
While the focus was on Indianapolis’ offense, there was still pitching to be done.
Indians starter Austin Coley lasted only 2.2 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and three walks. Tanner Anderson ended up with the win, tossing 2.1 frames of shutout ball on two hits.
A.J. Schugel threw a clean sixth and Dovydas Neverauskas fired two scoreless innings leading up to the ninth, where Tyler Jones wrapped this one up. Jones gave up two runs on four hits in the final inning, but was also working with a 17-3 cushion.
The Indians and Clippers will do battle from Columbus once again on Saturday, with game time slated for 7:15 p.m. Casey Sadler (0-1, 7.00 ERA) gets the nod for Indy.