INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday and Friday, the Indianapolis Indians (52-40) blanked the Louisville Bats (36-56). On Saturday night, it was the Tribe who could not push a single run across.
Louisville shut out Indy on just two hits, as the visiting Bats picked up a 2-0 win at Victory Field.
Tyler Mahle led the charge, tossing six scoreless frames. Louisville’s righty limited the Indians to only one hit and walked three, in addition to striking out seven.
Lisalverto Bonilla was the lone reliever to pitch in place of Mahle, firing three shutout innings. Bonilla, who dominated the Tribe with seven scoreless innings on July 2, earned the nine out save by holding Indy to one hit and no walks.
Starling Marte and Elias Diaz were responsible for the home team’s only knocks.
Clay Holmes toed the rubber for Indianapolis on Saturday and ended up a tough luck loser.
Indy’s right-hander surrendered just one run on three hits in six solid innings of work. The Bats used a pair of singles, with a sacrifice bunt sandwiched in between, to get their one run off of Holmes in the third.
Dan Runzler and Johnny Barbato turned in clean innings in relief of Holmes, but Louisville got some insurance in the ninth.
With Dovydas Neverauskas on the hill, a leadoff single from Phillip Ervin turned into a sacrifice fly and made it 2-0 late.
Indy will wrap up this quick homestand with Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. series finale. Tyler Eppler (6-4, 4.54 ERA) will take the mound as the Indians go for three wins in four days.