INDIANAPOLIS – The Rochester Red Wings (59-44) flexed their muscle on Wednesday.
Kennys Vargas hit two of the Red Wings’ four homers, which were responsible for six of their seven runs, as they powered past the Indianapolis Indians (57-46) by a final score of 7-1.
The dingers started early for Rochester, as the second batter of the afternoon went deep. Mitch Garver gave the Wings a 1-0 first inning lead, sending a solo shot over the left field wall against Tribe starting pitcher Tyler Eppler. The Red Wings went up 2-0 later in the inning, as Matt Hague scored on a throwing error from Eppler.
Indy answered with a run in their half of the first (a Joey Terdoslavich RBI single), but Rochester went right back to work in the second. Niko Goodrum led off with a blast to right off of Eppler, pushing the visitors’ advantage back to two runs.
The rest of the afternoon belonged to Vargas.
The Red Wings’ first baseman launched a solo home run to right in the sixth, which was Eppler’s final inning of work.
Eppler finished up with a final line of four runs allowed (three earned) on six hits, a walk and seven strikeouts. The right-hander look the loss, putting a blemish on his previously undefeated record (5-0) at Victory Field this year.
Back to Vargas, though. After the first two batters in the eighth reached versus Indians reliever Edgar Santana, Vargas got a hold of another homer. This one soared over the right field fence for a three-run bomb, putting an exclamation mark on Rochester’s game.
This series wraps up at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday evening. Clay Holmes (7-4, 3.51 ERA) serves as the Tribe’s probable starting pitcher.