LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It was over by the middle of the first inning.
The Indianapolis Indians (77-61) exploded for seven runs in the top of the first in Thursday’s game, never looking back in a 8-6 win over the Louisville Bats (54-84).
Indy absolutely manhandled Louisville starting pitcher Wendolyn Bautista, knocking the right-hander out of action before he could record a single out.
Of the seven batters Bautista faced, six reached via hits. With an error thrown in, five Indians singled and one doubled to push across five runs versus the Bats’ starter. When the dust settled, nine straight Tribe batters reached to open the game and by the time the top of the first ended, Indianapolis owned a 7-0 lead.
That lead was safe with Nick Kingham, who picked up his fourth win of August. Indy’s righty gave up a four spot in the third, but was otherwise solid. Kingham turned in five innings, surrendering four runs on nine hits and a walk. He also struck out six batters, his most in an outing since punching out eight on August 10.
Things got a little sticky in the ninth, but not before the Indians added some insurance in the sixth. An error and a two-out knock kept hope alive for Joey Terdoslavich, who doubled home Indianapolis’ eighth run and made it 8-4.
With that four-run advantage intact, the Tribe had to fight off the Bats late. Brandon Cumpton got wild on the mound in the ninth, issuing three walks. One of those walks came with the bases loaded, allowing Louisville to cut into Indy’s lead. A productive groundout from Hernan Iribarren trimmed the Indians’ advantage down to 8-6, but Cumpton was able to get a lineout from Garrett Boulware to end this ballgame.
Following a winning series in Louisville, Indianapolis will now head to Toledo for the final four games of the regular season. Friday’s opener versus the Mud Hens is slated for a 7:05 p.m. start. Tyler Glasnow (8-1, 2.06 ERA) is scheduled to pitch for the Tribe.