INDIANAPOLIS – The race to the 2018 International League postseason will officially be a tight one.
The Toledo Mud Hens (70-65) topped the Indianapolis Indians (71-65) by a final score of 4-3 on Thursday, trimming Indy’s lead for the wild card position back down to a half-game. The Tribe did catch a break in their pursuit for the IL West division title, as the Columbus Clippers lost to keep Indianapolis within one game of first place.
Alex McRae toed the rubber for the Indians, tossing six innings of three-run ball. He surrendered eight hits and no walks, while racking up four strikeouts.
The bottom of Indy’s batting order got the job done on Thursday, as the eight and nine men accounted for all three RBIs.
Designated hitter Eric Wood went 1-for-4 with a RBI double, while right fielder Jerrick Suiter collected two run-producing hits in four at-bats. Suiter knocked in the runs via a single and a ground-rule double.
Thursday’s ballgame was decided in the seventh, as the Hens broke a 3-3 tie just after the Tribe evened things up.
Jacob Robson came up with the big hit, a double that shot the visitors ahead 4-3. The hit came against Indianapolis reliever Michael Feliz, who had just entered the game in place of McRae.
Indy’s final series of the 2018 regular season will get underway at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. The Indians will battle the Louisville Bats, as Toledo and Columbus duke it out.