INDIANAPOLIS – 2017 has not been Nick Kingham‘s best year so far. His attempt at turning that around started on Monday, with his arguably his best performance of the season.
The right-hander limited the Rochester Red Wings (58-43) to one run over a season-high seven innings of work, as the Indianapolis Indians (56-45) kicked off an eight-game homestand at Victory Field with a 4-1 win.
Rochester did tally eight hits, but did not draw a single walk and struck out six times. Kingham’s only mistake of the evening came in the second, when ByungHo Park took him deep for a solo home run.
Kingham, who had not earned a win since June 15, changed that on Monday night. The 25-year-old also picked up his first home win of the year, as he previously owned a 0-3 record at the Vic.
This impressive outing comes directly following a rough start on July 19 in which Kingham surrendered a career-high eight runs in a loss at Durham. His ERA, which was at 5.16 entering Monday’s ballgame, now sits at the 4.75 mark.
Dan Runzler pitched the home team to victory following Kingham’s departure, firing a pair of scoreless frames to notch a six-out save.
At the plate, the Indians struck early and never looked back.
Indy got on the board in the bottom of the first before recording an out, using three straight singles to snag a 1-0 lead. Joey Terdoslavich followed with a sacrifice fly, extending the Tribe’s advantage to two runs.
Park’s blast in the second cut Indianapolis’ edge in half, but the Indians answered with runs in the third and fifth.
Terdoslavich came up with another RBI in the third, making a Eury Perez double count by dropping a single into right field. In the fifth, another sac fly drove in Indy’s final run. A hit by pitch, walk and a single loaded the bases for Phil Gosselin to get the job done.
This series rolls on with another 7:05 p.m. contest on Tuesday night. Tyler Glasnow (5-0, 1.49 ERA) looks to continue his dominance of the Triple-A level when he takes the mound for the Indians.