INDIANAPOLIS – After a nice three days of rest, the Indianapolis Indians (51-39) returned to Victory Field on Thursday with authority.
The Tribe rolled past the Louisville Bats (35-55) to the tune of a 10-0 win, their fifth shutout victory of 2017. Indianapolis first baseman Joey Terdoslavich powered the home team on this night, going 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and four total RBIs.
Indy pitching was led by starter Drew Hutchison, who fired five scoreless frames. The righty limited Louisville to three hits and walked four, as he claimed his fifth win of the season.
Out of the bullpen, three Indians relievers combined to preserve the shutout. Brett McKinney saw four Bats reach over the course of his two innings pitched, but got the Tribe to the eighth unscathed. Angel Sanchez was next to climb the mound, working around a one-out single to complete a clean eighth. And finally in the ninth, Edgar Santana retired Louisville in order to secure the series-opening win.
Indianapolis got plenty of good pitching on Thursday, but the offensive production was just as good. Louisville starter Sal Romano kept the Indians off of the board through two, but Indy started to break through in the third.
It started with a leadoff walk to Hutchison and after a pair of one-out knocks, Romano’s night was done. Kyle McMyne took over and had no success in slowing down the Indians. A wild pitch brought home Indy’s first run, with a Danny Ortiz two-run double and a Terdoslavich RBI single shooting the home team ahead 4-0.
The offense kept coming in the fifth, as three runs crossed with a single swing of the bat. Terdoslavich doubled and Gift Ngoepe walked in front of Jacob Stallings, who smashed a three-run shot over the right field wall to extend Indianapolis’ advantage to 7-0.
Terdoslavich, who already had one RBI to his name at this point, handled the rest of Thursday’s scoring. The 28-year-old picked up a second run-scoring single in the sixth and capped of his big night with a homer in the eighth, a two-run bomb that gave the Tribe a ten-run cushion.
Tyler Glasnow (3-0, 1.84 ERA) takes the ball for the Indians in Friday’s 7:15 p.m. matchup with the Bats.
In Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game, the Pacific Coast League took a 6-4 win over the International League at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. Indians outfielder Chris Bostick started in right and went 0-for-3 with a walk, while Indy hurler Steven Brault worked around a single to toss a scoreless third inning. Hutchison, who was Thursday’s winning pitcher, was named a Triple-A All-Star but declined to make the trek up to the Pacific Northwest.
Pitcher Josh Lindblom was granted his release from the Pittsburgh Pirates as he intends to sign with a club overseas. Former Indian Jason Rogers did the same on June 30, leaving the organization to play in China.
Starling Marte returns to the Tribe roster after going to play with Single-A Bradenton during Indy’s time off. Marte went 1-for-4 with a walk and three strikeouts in Thursday’s contest.