INDIANAPOLIS – Mother Nature, combined with a rough start, doomed the Indianapolis Indians (14-13) on Sunday afternoon.
The Gwinnett Stripers (11-17) scored four first inning runs and never looked back, winning Sunday’s series finale in five innings. Storms entered downtown Indianapolis in the fifth inning and after a delay of one hour, the ballgame was called and the Stripers were awarded a 4-1 victory.
Clay Holmes started on the mound for the Tribe and wasn’t his sharpest in that fateful opening inning.
The Stripers notched four hits and a walk in the top of the first, with all four runs scoring on two-out knocks. Holmes threw 33 pitches in the frame, narrowly getting out of the inning before a high pitch count might have ended his day early.
It was a good thing he did return to action, because Holmes bounced back in a big way.
The righty retired 12 straight batters at one point, keeping Indy’s deficit at four runs. Holmes worked five innings in total, surrendering four runs on four hits and two walks. He also struck out seven, a season-high.
Matt Wisler opposed Holmes on the bump and was very solid for the visitors.
Wisler also pitched all five innings, giving up one run on six hits and three strikeouts. Jacob Stallings notched Indy’s lone RBI, driving in Jose Osuna in the fourth with a productive groundout.
The rain came into play after five, never giving the Indians another chance to rally. The tarp was out on the diamond for an hour before it was decided the game should be called on a getaway day.
Indianapolis will head out to Louisville now, playing the first of four games against the Bats at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Austin Coley (1-1, 10.05 ERA) is the Tribe’s probable starting pitcher for the opener.