LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – It took some time, but the fireworks eventually arrived for the Indianapolis Indians (55-45).
The Tribe scored ten runs between the seventh and eighth innings, as Indy rallied past the Gwinnett Braves (49-50) for a convincing 10-2 victory.
Indians starting pitcher Drew Hutchison turned in a solid start, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk in six innings pitched. It looked as if the righty would not get the run support needed to pick up a win, but his offense woke up in the nick of time.
Indianapolis left seven runners on base through Sunday’s first five innings, but finally broke through in the seventh.
Trailing 2-0, a pair of two-run singles shot the Indians ahead. Kevin Newman was first, tying the game, before Elias Diaz gave the visitors the lead. Later in the frame, a run-scoring error and a RBI knock from Phil Gosselin allowed the Tribe to push their advantage to 6-2.
In the eighth, Indy put a stamp on their comeback. A walk, double and a hit by pitch brought Danny Ortiz to the plate with the bases loaded and one out. Ortiz responded with the Tribe’s first grand slam of the year, a 402-foot blast over the right center field wall.
Dovydas Neverauskas nailed down the win for the Indians while the bats caught fire. Neverauskas limited the G-Braves to one hit, but did walk three, as he earned a nine-out save.
Indy returns to Victory Field on Monday to begin a week-long homestand. The Indians take on the Rochester Red Wings in the first three games of the homestand, with the opener set for a 7:05 p.m. first pitch. Nick Kingham (3-6, 5.16 ERA) gets the start for Indianapolis.