INDIANAPOLIS – The final score suggests something else, but Wednesday’s matchup between the Indianapolis Indians (63-53) and Buffalo Bisons (51-66) was not all that close.
Buffalo picked up a 3-1 win at Victory Field, but the Bisons outhit Indy 13-1 in a game in which they left 14 runners on base.
Four Bisons hurlers combined to shut down the Tribe on Wednesday afternoon.
Murphy Smith started, turning in 4+ innings. The righty held the Indians to one run on one hit and a walk to get things rolling on the mound for the visitors.
Jeff Beliveau, Carlos Ramirez and Chris Smith locked it down for Buffalo from there. The three relivers were perfect versus Indianapolis over the course of the game’s final five innings. Beliveau notched the win, his fourth of the year, while Smith earned his eighth save.
Indy’s one hit was their fewest for a game on the season. The only offense they generated came in the fifth, as a leadoff walk eventually led to an Eric Wood sacrifice fly.
Drew Hutchison pitched for the Indians on Wednesday and despite going deep into the ballgame, took the loss. The right-hander got through 6 2/3 innings of work, but surrendered two runs on 11 hits and a pair of walks. His 11 hits given up is a new career high.
Buffalo plated two runs in the second thanks to four consecutive two-out hits and then added some insurance in the form of a Jake Elmore solo homer in the ninth.
Indianapolis’ homestand continues from the Vic at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday evening. The Syracuse Chiefs are in town for four games, with Nick Kingham (6-6, 4.00 ERA) scheduled to take the mound for the Indians.
While the Tribe’s four-game winning streak was snapped, their 2 1/2 game lead in the division standings remains intact. The Rochester Red Wings routed the Columbus Clippers, 12-3, sending the Clips to a second straight loss.