INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians (39-32) were finally cooled off on Friday night.
Indy saw their four-game winning streak come to a close at the hands of the Durham Bulls (40-31), who scored six unanswered runs to claim a 6-1 victory in downtown Indianapolis.
After rain delayed the beginning of the game by an hour, the Indians got off to a good start in the bottom of the first.
Two doubles and a hit by pitch resulted in a 1-0 lead for Indy, with Ryan Lavarnway‘s scorcher of a double scoring Kevin Newman. The run came against Bulls starter Andrew Moore, who shut out the Tribe over the course of his next five innings pitched.
Thanks to Moore, and their offense heating up, the rest of Friday’s matchup belonged to Durham.
The Bulls knocked Indians starter Alex McRae around a bit, scoring four runs on six hits and five walks in the righty’s 4.2 innings.
Brandon Lowe cranked a two-run homer in the second, quickly giving the visitors a 2-1 lead. A walk and a double extended Durham’s edge to 3-1 in the fourth. And in the fifth, two hits and a walk helped the Bulls go up by three runs and end McRae’s night.
In all, it wasn’t McRae’s best performance on the mound. His five walks tied a season high and his 4.2 frames pitched served as his shortest start since going 4.1 innings in Charlotte on May 26.
Durham kept going against Indianapolis’ bullpen, pushing their lead to 6-1 in the seventh.
Brandon Waddell ran into trouble in the frame, issuing a walk and serving up a single. Dovydas Neverauskas took over with two outs to try to keep the Bulls off of the scoreboard, but Adam Moore promptly drove home both runners with a double to left.
The Indians and Bulls will go at it again at 7:05 p.m. on Saturday night. J.T. Brubaker (4-2, 3.35 ERA) is penciled in as Indy’s probable starting pitcher, while Chih-Wei Hu (2-6, 4.93 ERA) will go for Durham.