PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Indianapolis Indians (32-27) just continue to win.
Indy rolled to their seventh straight victory, churning out seven runs on 14 hits to beat the Pawtucket Red Sox (27-32) by a final score of 7-1. The Tribe have now outscored their opposition on this road trip by a mark of 35-4 and have won all five games by at least five runs.
All nine Indianapolis batters recorded a hit on Saturday, with five notching two-hit nights.
In this contest, the Indians did all of their damage in the first three innings of play. One run in the first, another in the second and five just to be sure in the third.
Jose Osuna made it 1-0 in the top of the first with a two-out double. Erich Weiss homered to lead off the second, extending Indy’s lead to 2-0 after an inning and a half. And finally, the Tribe went off for a five spot in the third.
Six Indians reached in the top of the third, with four of the five runs scored coming with two outs. Wyatt Mathisen capped the explosive inning of offensive with his second home run of the season, a two-run blast to left center that shot Indy up 7-0.
Indianapolis has definitely got it done at the plate lately, but it has been their pitching staff that has stymied opposing hitters on this winning streak. Entering Saturday’s game, Tribe hurlers owned a microscopic 0.83 ERA (5 earned runs over 54 innings). Tyler Eppler helped keep the ball rolling for the Indians in this one.
Eppler started and threw 5.2 innings of shutout baseball. The righty did give up seven hits and walked three, but kept the PawSox off of the scoreboard. Eppler’s ERA has now dipped below three at 2.84 on the year, thanks in large part to a fourth consecutive outing of two runs or less.
Pawtucket did get a run on four singles in the seventh versus Indians reliever Tanner Anderson, but that would be it. Bo Schultz and Johnny Hellweg each turned in perfect frames for Indianapolis, closing out their seventh straight winner.
The Tribe go for the sweep of the Red Sox and a clean 6-0 road trip on Sunday afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. with Brandon Waddell (1-1, 6.14 ERA) slated to pitch for the visitors.