INDIANAPOLIS – It was a disappointing return to Victory Field for the Indianapolis Indians (52-47) on Tuesday night.
The Rochester Red Wings (45-53) picked up a 2-0 win over the Tribe, led by seven scoreless innings from starting pitcher Stephen Gonsalves. Indy starter Brandon Waddell threw six innings of one-run ball in defeat.
Gonsalves had his best stuff on Tuesday, not walking a single batter and limiting the Indians to five hits over his seven innings of work.
But it wasn’t like the Tribe didn’t have some chances. Indy came up empty with a runner in scoring position in innings two and four, but their biggest missed opportunity came in the fifth. Jason Martin led off with a triple, but was caught leaning towards home and was tagged out on a fielder’s choice ball hit right at the hot corner.
The Indians had one last chance against Rochester’s bullpen in the eighth, putting two runners in scoring position with one out, but failed to get anyone in.
Waddell was good in this one, but was simply outdone by the Wings’ hurlers.
The Red Wings got their lone run versus Waddell in the top of the first, using a leadoff double and a one-out single to take a 1-0 lead. Waddell was great from there, finishing with a final line of one run allowed on six hits and three walks over six innings.
Rochester got an insurance run in the seventh off of Tribe reliever Montana DuRapau, stringing together three singles to wrap up the scoring for the night.
The Indians and Red Wings will do battle again in downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.