INDIANAPOLIS – The brooms were out for the Gwinnett Stripers (24-27) on Thursday night.
Four Striper pitchers combined to blank the Indianapolis Indians (25-26), as the visitors picked up a 3-0 win to complete a three-game sweep of the Tribe at Victory Field. With the loss, Indy sees their season high losing skid grow to five games. The sweep was also the Tribe’s first of the season, winning or losing.
Indians starter Alex McRae pitched into the seventh and didn’t necessarily throw the ball poorly, he was just outdone by Gwinnett’s staff.
The Stripers struck first in the second inning. Michael Reed led off with a double, advanced to second base on a ground out and then scored on a sacrifice fly to push the visitors ahead 1-0.
Gwinnett added two more runs in the top of the fourth. The first three batters of the frame recorded hits – single, RBI double, RBI single – to extend the Stripers’ edge to 3-0.
That was it for Gwinnett versus McRae, though, who threw 6.1 innings. Indy’s righty gave up eight hits and walked three batters, but notched six strikeouts over the course of a tough luck loss.
McRae kept Indianapolis in the ballgame, but the home squad’s offense just couldn’t solve the Stripers’ collection of hurlers.
Luke Jackson started with four shutout innings, limiting the Indians to three hits and a walk. Lucas Sims tossed the next two frames, blanking Indy on one hit. Rex Brothers took the mound next, retiring the Tribe in order in the seventh and then posting another zero in the eighth. Jason Hursh trotted in for the ninth and promptly ended the game, sitting the Indians down 1-2-3.
A new series begins at Victory Field on Friday, with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders coming to town. J.T. Brubaker (2-1, 3.32 ERA) toes the rubber in the opener for the Tribe.