INDIANAPOLIS – For a second consecutive night, a pitcher’s duel broke out at Victory Field.
Unfortunately for the Indianapolis Indians, it was the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders who prevailed again. Tribe starting pitcher Josh Lindblom tossed six innings of one-run ball, but a Clint Frazier home run in the third pushed Scranton to the 1-0 win.
Lindblom powered through the game’s first two innings and came within a strike out getting out of the third unharmed, but Frazier had other ideas. The RailRiders’ right fielder got a hold of a two-out, strike pitch from Lindblom and deposited it into the left field lawn to give the visitors the lone run of the night.
Lindblom, just like Steven Brault last night, took the hard luck loss. The right-hander surrendered five hits and walked three, but did hold Scranton to just one run in six innings of work.
The six frames turned in by Lindblom made it six straight games in which Indianapolis received at least six innings of work from their starter. That never happened in 2016 and despite the quality starting pitching, the Indians have only managed to post a 1-5 record during the stretch.
Scranton held on to that 1-0 lead thanks in part to a fantastic outing from starter Daniel Camarena. The lefty limited the Indians to three hits and no walks over the course of 6 1/3 innings pitched, while striking out five to pick up the win.
The RailRiders’ bullpen was just as good, with Tyler Jones and Ernesto Frieri combining to shut down Indy in the contest’s final 2 2/3 innings.
Indy’s offense continues to struggle. The club’s scoreless streak is now at 21 innings and Indy has only managed to plate one run total in their past three games. Chris Bostick, Austin Meadows and Jacob Stallings were the only Indians to pick up hits in Saturday’s matchup.
The Tribe will look to avoid the sweep in the homestand finale on Sunday afternoon. Game time from the Vic is 1:35 p.m. with Drew Hutchison (0-1, 5.51 ERA) scheduled to take the mound for the home team.