NORFOLK, Va. – The Indianapolis Indians‘ (36-29) doubleheader dominance continued on Thursday.
The Tribe swept their third twin bill of the year, picking up 2-1 and 4-3 wins over the Norfolk Tides (27-39) to complete a series sweep at Harbor Park. Indy now owns a 7-1 record this season in seven-inning doubleheader games.
Indianapolis sits seven games over .500 following Thursday’s double dip, their highest mark of the season.
Game one was stolen by the Tribe, thanks to a furious rally and a great start from Tyler Glasnow.
Glasnow, who started the year with the Pittsburgh Pirates and struggled with a 2-6 record and 7.45 ERA, was optioned back to Indy on Saturday. In his first start with the Indians since September 1, 2016, the 23-year-old had his way with the Tides. The righty surrendered just one run on two hits and four walks, while striking out eight in six innings pitched.
Despite Glasnow’s nice outing, Norfolk held a 1-0 lead entering the top of the seventh. Tides starter Chris Lee blanked Indianapolis over the course of six innings of his own, giving up four hits and no walks.
Logan Verrett took over for Lee in the seventh after Gift Ngoepe led off with a double, just three outs removed from a game one win, but the Tribe rallied with an unusual attack.
Ngoepe scored to tie the game when Eury Perez dropped a sacrifice bunt, but Norfolk catcher Chance Sisco‘s throw to first sailed into right field. Verrett was next to commit a throwing error, allowing Perez to take second on a failed pickoff attempt, and Jackson Williams followed with a bunt hit. Justin Maffei came up next and laid down another bunt, this one resulted in a double play, but did give the Indians a 2-1 advantage as Perez touched home.
Dovydas Neverauskas entered the ballgame in place of Glasnow in the bottom of the seventh and wrapped up the victory for Indy, retiring the Tides in 1-2-3 fashion.
Game two featured plenty of offense for a seven-inning affair. Seven runs on 15 hits, to be exact.
Danny Ortiz, Indy’s home run leader with 17 in 2016, hit his first long ball of 2017 to make it 1-0 in the second. Norfolk responded in their half of the second by taking a 2-1 lead, using a Logan Schafer triple and a Johnny Giovatella single to go on top.
The Tribe took the lead right back in the top of the third, however, plating two runs of their own. Tomas Morales evened the score by coming home on a passed ball and Phil Gosselin shot the Indians ahead with a RBI single.
In the fourth, Indianapolis added to their lead. Perez started the inning with a single, stole second and scored to make it 4-2 later in the frame when Chris Bostick singled to left.
The Tides cut into Indy’s lead with a Drew Dosch solo shot in the fifth, but the duo of Angel Sanchez and Johnny Barbato out of the Tribe bullpen closed out a double dip sweep for the visitors.
Nick Kingham made the start for the Indians in game two, surrendering three runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings of work. He earned his third win of the season for his efforts.
Indianapolis, riding a four-game win streak, heads to Charlotte now for a three-game set at BB&T Ballpark. Clay Holmes (4-2, 3.73 ERA) will climb the mound for the Indians in Friday’s 7:05 p.m. opener against the Knights.