LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After the Indianapolis Indians put together a two-out rally to get back into Tuesday’s game with the Louisville Bats, the home team responded with one of their own.
Brent Morel‘s two-out, two-run home run in the sixth tied the game, but Ramon Cabrera‘s RBI single was the last of three straight two-out hits in the eighth that propelled the Bats to a 3-2 win at Louisville Slugger Field.
The Bats grabbed an early lead, pushing a run across in the first against Indians starting pitcher Wilfredo Boscan.
Irving Falu got the inning started with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and moved up to third on a single by Kristopher Negron. Falu then came home to score when Brennan Boesch recorded a RBI groundout to second.
Louisville continued to play small ball against Boscan in the third, when a sacrifice fly increased the Bats’ lead to two runs.
Falu came up with his second leadoff single of the night, followed by a Hernan Iribarren base hit and sacrifice bunt from Negron, before Boesch was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out. Ryan LaMarre then came to the plate and made it 2-0, sending a fly ball to center that plated Falu.
Boscan would ultimately pitch through the fifth, surrendering two runs on six hits and four walks for Indianapolis.
Tony Cingrani, in his second rehab start as he makes his way back to the Cincinnati Reds, shut out the Indians on two hits and four strikeouts in his three innings of work. Donovan Hand replaced Cingrani in the fourth and tossed a pair of scoreless innings before Indianapolis tied the game with one swing of the bat in the sixth.
Jose Tabata got things going for the Tribe with an one-out double and after Corey Hart recorded the second out of the inning with a fly out to center, Morel stepped up to the plate. Indianapolis’ third baseman would then make it a 2-2 game, crushing a two-run home run to center off of Hand. The blast was Morel’s ninth of the season and the fourteenth time in his last fifteen games that he recorded at least one hit.
A.J. Morris was solid in relief of Boscan, striking out three batters and giving up one hit in two innings of work, before the Bats scored the game’s deciding run in the eighth against Yhonathan Barrios.
Barrios retired the first two batters of the frame, but Kyle Waldrop and Jermaine Curtis recorded back-to-back singles to set up a good RBI opportunity for Cabrera. Louisville’s catcher would then make it three consecutive two-out hits, scoring Waldrop from second to put the Bats ahead 3-2.
Jose De La Torre pitched two scoreless innings after Hand exited the game and once the Bats took the lead, Jumbo Diaz came on to work a perfect ninth and earn his sixth save to secure the victory for Louisville.
With each team winning two games in the six-game home and home series thus far, the Indians and Bats will meet again in Louisville on Wednesday night. Game time from Louisville Slugger Field is set for 7:05 p.m. with Chris Volstad (5-3, 3.62 ERA) slated to start for the Tribe.