MOOSIC, Pa. – After Sunday’s series finale with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Indianapolis Indians have to be itching to get home.
The RailRiders blasted three home runs in Sunday’s contest, scoring seven unanswered runs to finish off a three-game sweep of the Tribe at PNC Field. The loss leaves Indy with a final record of 2-5 on their seven-game road trip, as they prepare to return to Victory Field on Monday.
Early on, Indy’s Wilfredo Boscan and Scranton/WB’s Dietrich Enns exchanged scoreless innings until the Tribe took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third.
Gift Ngoepe recorded a one-out single and moved up to second thanks to a throwing error and was able to score later in the frame on a two-out RBI single from Pedro Florimon.
That is where the fun would end for the Tribe on Sunday, as Scranton/WB took control of the game with a four-run fourth.
Two of the inning’s first three batters reached, allowing Jake Cave to come to the plate and even the score at 1-1 with a RBI double. Now with runners on second and third, Donovan Solano broke the frame open with a three-run shot to left, giving the RailRiders a 4-1 advantage.
Boscan managed to work a scoreless fifth before Scranton/WB played add on with single runs in the six, seventh and eighth innings.
The sixth would be Boscan’s final inning of work on Sunday and Rob Refsnyder marked the occasion with a leadoff homer to left, making it a 5-1 game.
Boscan ended with a final line of five runs allowed on seven hits and four strikeouts in six innings pitched. The righty’s last four starts saw Boscan allow just two runs combined and Sunday’s outing of five runs allowed sets a new high mark for the pitcher on the year.
Enns, on the other hand, settled in nicely after allowing the Tribe to take an early lead. The RailRiders left-hander finished with a final line of one run allowed on four hits and six strikeouts in six quality innings of work.
Scranton/WB got back to scoring in the seventh against new Indians pitcher John Kuchno. Pete Kozma recorded a one-out single in the inning and scored a batter later when Ben Gamel drove him in on a RBI double.
Guido Knudson then came into the game in the eighth for Indy, when Refsnyder went deep for a second straight at-bat. It was another leadoff bomb for the RailRiders’ second baseman, as he drilled a ball over the wall in left to give Scranton/WB a 7-1 cushion.
A six-run lead would be more than enough for the RailRider bullpen, as they held the Indians in check as the afternoon winded down. The duo of Johnny Barbato and Tyler Webb held the Tribe off of the scoreboard in the game’s final three innings, giving up just one hit and a walk as Scranton/WB secured the 7-1 victory.
With a rough road trip now behind them, the Indians will look to get back in the win column when they open a seven-game homestand against the Columbus Clippers on Monday. Game time from downtown Indianapolis is set for 7:05 p.m. with Chad Kuhl (2-0, 1.10 ERA) slated to toe the rubber for Indy.
Reliever A.J. Schugel was sent down to the Indians after southpaw Cory Luebke completed his rehab assignment and was recalled by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Luebke made seven appearances on the mound while with Indianapolis, picking up one win and giving up a total of four runs on 12 hits in 12 1/3 innings pitched.