INDIANAPOLIS – A simple formula has the Indianapolis Indians (52-39) rolling to start the second half. First baseman Joey Terdoslavich‘s bat and some great pitching.
Terdoslavich, who went 4-for-5 with a homer and 4 RBIs on Thursday, posted a 3-for-4 and 3 RBI game on Friday. The Tribe received nine innings of scoreless ball on Thursday and led by Tyler Glasnow, Indy tossed a second straight shutout on Friday.
The Indians cruised to a 6-0 win over the Louisville Bats (35-56) in Friday’s clash and have outscored their division rivals 16-0 in the first two games of a four-game set at Victory Field.
Friday’s contest was scoreless through three innings, but Terdoslavich helped change that in the fourth. His leadoff single set the stage for Eric Wood, who cranked a two-run shot over the left field wall to make it 2-0.
Terdoslavich would strike again in the fifth, this time driving in some runs of his own.
After Starling Marte and Chris Bostick each singled, Terdoslavich got a hold of one. Indy’s first baseman crushed a three-run shot to right and after a bounce or two, the ball ended up on West Street for his second long ball in as many days.
Indianapolis wrapped up their scoring in the eighth. A walk and a double gave Jacob Stallings an opportunity to add insurance and he delivered, making it a 6-0 game with a sacrifice fly.
On the mound, it was another ho-hum night for Indians pitching.
Glasnow had it going, blanking the Bats on three hits and no walks over the course of seven masterful innings. The righty struck out six batters, giving him a total of 55 punchouts in six starts since returning to Indianapolis. His 2017 record at the Triple-A level now stands at 4-0.
Out of the bullpen, Nick Kingham worked a quick and successful eighth inning. Dovydas Neverauskas did the same in the ninth, using a ground ball double play to close this one out.
Indians relievers now have a season-high 27-inning scoreless streak going. The unit has not surrendered a run since the eighth inning in a July 3 battle versus these same Louisville Bats.
This series continues from the Vic on Saturday with a 7:05 p.m. ballgame. Clay Holmes (7-3, 3.75 ERA) is penciled in to start for the Tribe.
Right-handed relief pitcher Montana DuRapau has joined Indianapolis’ roster from Double-A Altoona. DuRapau is the Curve’s all-times saves leader with 36.