TOLEDO, Oh. – To say the least, the Indianapolis Indians (79-62) were locked in at the plate on Sunday.
Indy scored 13 runs on 20 hits on their way to a convincing 13-3 victory over the Toledo Mud Hens (69-71) at Fifth Third Field. It was the Tribe’s best offense output since July 7, when they bombarded the Columbus Clippers with 21 runs on 22 hits.
The Indians wasted little time on Sunday evening, plating nearly half of their runs in the top of the first. It was a six-run first for Indianapolis, who knocked Toledo starting pitcher Anthony Vasquez around with ease.
After Kevin Newman opened Sunday’s ballgame by drawing a walk, Gift Ngoepe tripled and scored on an error to quickly make it 2-0 with a Little League home run. It would not get any better for Vasquez, as five of the next seven batters he faced also reached base. Eric Wood and Anderson Feliz each recorded two-run singles off of Vasquez to send Indy ahead by a score of 6-0.
Following Feliz’s knock, Vasquez was pulled. Toledo’s lefty got just two outs, surrendering six runs on five hits and two walks in a short stint on the mound.
Indy pushed their run total to eight with runs in the third and sixth. Feliz notched his third RBI with a productive groundout in the third, while Jacob Stallings joined the party with a RBI knock in the sixth.
Sunday’s contest was never in doubt, but the Tribe added on anyway with a four-run seventh. Six batters collected hits in the frame, with half of them scoring runs. Newman, Justin Maffei and Stallings all picked up RBIs in the inning.
Finally in the ninth, Stallings joined Feliz with three RBIs. His sacrifice fly capped a big night at the dish for Indianapolis.
By game’s end, every last Indian that came to the plate recorded a hit. Eight of ten picked up multiple hits, including Maffei, who pinch-hit for Danny Ortiz in the sixth.
On the mound for the Tribe was Casey Sadler. His first Triple-A start since June of 2015 got off to a rough beginning, giving up three runs on four hits in the first, but the rest of his work was solid. Sadler finished with a final line of three runs allowed on eight hits and no walks in six innings pitched. The right-hander earned the win for his efforts, his first with Indy since June 5, 2015.
The 2017 regular season wraps up on Monday, as the Indians battle the Hens one last time in Toledo. Game time is 1:05 p.m. with Drew Hutchison (9-8, 3.36 ERA) expected to pitch for Indianapolis.