ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A long night at the ballpark ended in disappointment for the Indianapolis Indians (26-21).
Indy blew a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth and could not recover in extras, as the Rochester Red Wings (21-21) walked off for a 3-2 victory in twelve innings.
The Indians had some success versus Rochester starting pitcher Nik Turley, scoring single runs in the second and fifth.
A two-run rally sparked the Tribe in the second, as a Phil Gosselin triple followed by an Eric Wood single made it 1-0. Joey Terdoslavich helped chase Turley in the fifth, as he homered for the first time this season to push Indy’s lead to 2-0.
Turley did not return for the sixth, leaving him with a final line of two runs allowed on five hits and five strikeouts.
Steven Brault countered Turley on the mound, but did not have his best stuff.
The southpaw fell one out shy of being eligible for the win with 4 2/3 innings pitched, as the Red Wings put together a two-out rally in the fifth. Consecutive two-out singles followed by consecutive two-out walks allowed Rochester to plate a run, making it a 2-1 contest.
Brault finished with a final line of one run allowed on six hits, five walks and five strikeouts. While the lefty’s streak of starts of one run or fewer is extended to five with his performance on Saturday, Brault’s five walks sets a season-high. 4 2/3 innings of work was also his shortest outing in exactly one month, an April 27 loss at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Indianapolis held on thanks to their bullpen, which was headlined by a pair of Pittsburgh Pirates rehabbers.
A.J. Schugel was able to get one out to pull the Tribe out of trouble in the fifth, with major leaguers Josh Lindblom and Antonio Bastardo pitching from there.
Lindblom threw two no-hit innings before Bastardo entered, who tiptoed around a walk and single to turn in a scoreless eighth.
The Tribe were unable to get out of the dodge in the ninth, though, as a leadoff error came around to score against new Indy pitcher Pat Light.
A fielding error from Wood at third base allowed the Wings to play small ball, with a groundout moving Zach Granite to third and a sacrifice fly scoring him to tie the game late.
After five Indians relievers pitched 6 1/3 innings, Indy went with the famed position player on the hill strategy for the twelfth. That idea did not work out, as Rochester ended the ballgame versus Terdoslavich.
Terdoslavich, who homered earlier in the night, allowed three of the five batters he faced to reach. With the bases juiced, Granite drove in the winning run for the home team.
With their four-game set now even, the Tribe and Red Wings will go at it again on Sunday. Game time from Frontier Field is slated for 1:35 p.m.