TOLEDO, Oh. – The struggles continue for the Indianapolis Indians.
The Tribe held a 3-0 lead early on Sunday, but a six-run seventh inning helped the Toledo Mud Hens rally for a 9-5 win at Fifth Third Field. The Hens picked up the win in the last three meetings of the four-game series and leaves Indy with a 3-8 record as they head back home.
Indianapolis got it going in the first and second against Toledo starting pitcher William Cuevas, scoring one and two runs respectively. Jose Osuna put the Indians on the board in the first with a RBI double, while Gift Ngoepe and Austin Meadows each recorded RBI singles in the second.
Tribe starter Steven Brault fired three scoreless innings to start the afternoon, but the Mud Hens made the score 3-2 in the fourth. With John Hicks on base, Michael Almanzar smashed a two-run homer to left.
Brault would work through the sixth, where Toledo tied the ballgame. Jim Adduci led off the frame with a triple, allowing Saturday’s hero Efren Navarro to even the score at three runs each with an one-out single.
Indianapolis’ southpaw finished the sixth with a final line of three runs allowed on five hits and five strikeouts.
Cody Dickson took over for Brault in the seventh, but could not record a single out. Indy’s left-handed reliever surrendered two walks, a single and committed an error before getting the hook. Pat Light replaced Dickson, but did not fare much better, giving up three run-scoring hits and a sacrifice fly before getting out of the inning down by a score of 9-3.
The Tribe did put another dent in the scoreboard in the eighth on a two-run Jason Rogers long ball, but it would not be enough in a 9-5 defeat.
Losers of eight of their last nine games, the Indians will get a much needed off day on Monday. The team returns to action at Victory Field versus the Durham Bulls at 7:05 p.m. on Tuesday, with Drew Hutchison (0-1, 7.84 ERA) penciled in to start for Indy.