INDIANAPOLIS – The Louisville Bats (58-72) rattled off nine unanswered runs on Monday, taking three of four in the series from the Indianapolis Indians (70-63).
A five-run third inning broke the ballgame open, letting Louisville cruise to a 14-2 victory. The loss, coupled with a Columbus Clippers win, drops the Tribe back into a first place tie in the division standings with seven games to go.
The Indians opened the scoring thanks to an Eric Wood RBI triple in the bottom of the first, but the rest of the night belonged to Louisville.
Despite throwing two scoreless innings to start the game, Tribe starting pitcher Brandon Waddell tossed a bunch of pitches. A high pitch count, in addition to Louisville breaking through in the third, cut Waddell’s evening short.
The Bats utilized three walks and a pair of two-out RBI singles to snatch a 2-1 edge in the top of the third. When Waddell walked his third batter of the frame, Indianapolis manager Brian Esposito had to come get him.
Waddell needed 78 pitches to navigate through just 2.2 innings of work, his shortest start with Indy since going only 1.2 innings in his Triple-A debut on May 30. The left-hander surrendered two runs on three hits and four walks.
New Indians pitcher Jesus Liranzo put the finishing touches on the Louisville third, keeping the visitors’ lead at 2-1. But the Bats got after Liranzo in the top of the fourth.
Opposing pitcher Matt Wisler led off with a single and scored quickly, as Josh VanMeter tripled to make it a 3-1 game. A walk, a sacrifice fly and a Brian O’Grady two-run homer then allowed Louisville to balloon their lead to 6-1. But they still weren’t done. D.J. Peterson mashed the second long ball of the inning, capping a five-run frame that shot the visitors ahead by a mark of 7-1.
Liranzo limped out of that fourth inning with five runs allowed in 1.1 innings pitched. Unfortunately, the Bats continued to hit his bullpen mates hard.
Nick Burdi, Michael Feliz and Buddy Boshers each gave up one run on two hits in one inning of work. Dovydas Neverauskas pitched the final two innings, surrendering four runs on three hits and two walks.
In all, the Bats scored a season-high 14 runs on a total of 16 hits and eight walks.
With Louisville heading out of the town, the Indians will now welcome in the Toledo Mud Hens (just 1.5 games behind Indy) for the first of three on Tuesday. J.T. Brubaker (8-3, 3.11 ERA) will look to get the Tribe back in the win column at 7:05 p.m.