INDIANAPOLIS – Entering Wednesday’s game, the Indianapolis Indians (43-35) had not scored a run since Sunday night in Louisville. They changed that in a big way by the time this one ended, snapping a four-game losing streak in the process.
The Tribe launched four home runs on their way to a 11-6 win over the Durham Bulls (48-30) that featured 26 hits between the two teams. Offense was so prominent on Wednesday that there were only seven scoreless half innings throughout the entire afternoon.
Durham built an early 2-0 lead with runs in the first and fourth before Indy put an end to a 23-inning scoreless drought with a big bottom of the fourth.
Bulls starting pitcher Hunter Wood blanked the Indians through three innings, but was not the same after remaining in the game following a possible injury. Jason Rogers singled immediately after Wood chose to keep pitching, with Eric Wood coming up next and blasting a two-run shot that tied the game. Erich Weiss stepped up to the plate next and made it back-to-back jacks, mashing a solo homer to right that gave the Tribe a 3-2 lead.
Wood went back to the mound in the fifth, which proved to be a mistake. Consecutive one-out walks brought Danny Ortiz to the plate, who smacked a three-run homer over the right field fence to shoot Indianapolis ahead 6-2. Rogers came to bat next for the Tribe and singled, with Eric Wood doubling off of Hunter Wood for a RBI double that ended the Durham starter’s day.
The Bulls righty finished up with a final line of seven runs allowed on eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings pitched.
Indy’s Clay Holmes opposed Wood on the hill, turning in a respectable line of two runs allowed on five hits and no walks. The right-hander struck out six batters and only tossed 68 pitches over the course of five frames.
The Indians and Bulls went back-and-forth for the rest of the ballgame.
Tampa Bay Rays top prospect Willy Adames homered in the top of the sixth, but Eury Perez and Chris Bostick picked up RBIs in the bottom half for the home team. Each side scored a single run in the seventh, with Rogers hitting a solo bomb for Indianapolis’ fourth homer of the game. Durham got two more runs in the top of the eighth to make the score 10-6, but a RBI single from Rogers in the bottom of the eighth took us to our final score of 11-6.
When the dust settled, it was a huge day at the plate for the Tribe. Eight of nine starters recorded a hit and six earned RBIs. Rogers and Wood each had four-hit games, also combining for five runs driven in.
The finale for this series is set to get underway from Victory Field at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday evening. Steven Brault (6-3, 2.24 ERA) is expected to toe the rubber for the Indians.