INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians (66-53) continue to churn out wins at the best possible time.
With the postseason just around the corner, the Tribe picked up their seventh win in their last eight games on Saturday with a 8-2 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs (45-75).
Steven Brault got the start for Indy and turned in yet another great outing.
Indianapolis’ southpaw fired seven scoreless innings on Saturday, limiting the Chiefs to just two hits and three walks. Brault earned his tenth win, which leads all Tribe hurlers.
Brault, who leads the International League in ERA, lowered his mark even more with this performance. His ERA now sits at 1.94, leaving the next best pitcher in the IL in the dust at 2.39.
The Indians have been the beneficiary of great pitching during this hot stretch, as their starting rotation holds a 1.30 ERA in the past eight contests.
Saturday was also a good night at the plate for Indy. The Tribe plated eight runs on 13 hits, abusing Syracuse pitching on their way to a third straight triumph over the Chiefs.
Jordan Luplow got it all started with his seventh Triple-A home run (and 23rd dinger overall this year) in the first. The Tribe never looked back, scoring four runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth.
Nine batters came to bat in the sixth, with Elias Diaz‘s two-run double serving as the big hit in the frame. Danny Ortiz and Gift Ngoepe also added RBIs in the inning. Then in the eighth, Erich Weiss‘ pinch-hit double that went for a pair of runs put the visitors away for good.
Indy will aim to wrap up the homestand with a sweep of Syracuse on Sunday afternoon. Clay Holmes (8-5, 3.44 ERA) will toe the rubber for the Indians.
The Columbus Clippers put an end to their four-game losing skid, meaning that the Tribe’s lead in the IL West division standings remains at 4 1/2 games.