TOLEDO, OH – Just a few days ago, the Indianapolis Indians (11-10) were setting offensive records in Columbus. They brought those hot bats to Toledo on Monday.
The Tribe put up ten runs on 14 hits against the Toledo Mud Hens (15-7), outslugging the home team in a 10-7 victory.
Indy, who scored four runs in the top of the first on their way to 17 runs on Friday, got Monday night’s game rolling with five.
All nine Indians came to the plate to start the game, including a stretch of five straight batters reaching. The final count in the opening frame: five runs on three hits, two walks and an error.
The Hens got two runs each in their half of the first and third innings, trimming Indianapolis’ cushion down to one run.
All four runs were charged to Tribe starting pitcher Tyler Eppler. The righty worked six innings, surrendering those four runs only on a total of seven hits and two walks. Eppler picked up the win, improving his record to 3-1.
But the Indians got their offensive churning again in the fourth.
Three consecutive batters reached to open the inning, giving the Tribe a 6-4 edge. Then with two outs, Eric Wood went deep, pushing the visitors back ahead by five runs at 9-4. Wood added two doubles to his long ball,
Jose Osuna, who homered in Friday’s rout in Columbus, capped Indy’s big night on Monday with a solo bomb in the eighth. Osuna leads the team with three homers.
Toledo did scrape together three runs in the bottom of the ninth, all charged to Indianapolis reliever Bo Schultz, but the Indians had enough breathing room to escape victorious.
Game two of this series is scheduled for another 6:35 p.m. start on Tuesday. Clay Holmes (0-0, 2.45 ERA) is penciled in as the Tribe’s starting pitcher.