INDIANAPOLIS – In front of a sellout crowd at Victory Field, the Indianapolis Indians closed out their 2016 home schedule with a bang on Saturday.
Four Tribe pitchers, led by starter Drew Hutchison‘s 6 1/3 innings pitched, combined to blank the Louisville Bats and earn a 1-0 win. Indy’s victory leaves them with a final record of 37-35 on their home field this season.
Hutchison had it going on the mound in Saturday’s contest, as he picked up his first win with the Indians. The right-hander worked into the seventh, shutting out the Bats on four hits and a walk over the course of his 6 1/3 innings.
A pair of one-out singles in the seventh forced Hutchison’s departure, with Curtis Partch taking over in relief. Partch issued a walk to the first batter he faced, loading the bases, but was able to get a line out and a strikeout to keep Louisville off of the scoreboard.
Partch remained in the game for the eighth, but after a leadoff walk and a two-out hit by pitch, Indy called on their bullpen again. Zach Phillips entered, but only faced one batter, which he walked. With the bases juiced for a second consecutive frame, it was Jorge Rondon who kept the Tribe’s shutout intact by getting Carlos Triunfel to fly out to left.
Rondon then returned to the hill in the ninth and nailed down his 12th save, retiring the Bats in order.
Indianapolis played with the lead for much of Saturday’s game, scoring their one and only run in the bottom of the second. A pair of doubles against Louisville starter Tejay Antone did the trick, as Jose Osuna and Willy Garcia combined to make it 1-0.
Antone went five innings in a losing effort, giving up one run on three hits and three walks.
With all 72 games at Victory Field now played, the Indians will head to Louisville to play the final two games of the regular season on the road. Justin Masterson (2-1, 4.47 ERA) will get the ball for Indy on Sunday, as the Bats and Tribe go at it at 6:05 p.m. from Louisville Slugger Field.