ALLENTOWN, Pa. – On Saturday night at Coca-Cola Park, the Indianapolis Indians used timely hitting and some stellar pitching to win a second consecutive game against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
All three of the Indians’ RBIs came with two outs and starting pitcher Chris Volstad was phenomenal in seven innings of work as the Tribe defeated the IronPigs, 4-0.
The Indians’ offense would give Volstad all of the support he would need in the first by putting a pair of runs up on the scoreboard against Lehigh Valley starter Adam Morgan.
Alen Hanson and Steve Lombardozzi each reached with singles and Brent Morel was hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs for Jaff Decker. Indianapolis’ right fielder then came up with a two-run single that gave the Tribe an early 2-0 lead.
Volstad and Morgan then traded scoreless inning after scoreless inning until the seventh, when the Indians would add two insurance runs.
The first of the Indians’ runs in the frame came on a miscue by the IronPigs. Jayson Nix was unable to handle Hanson’s shot to third, allowing Gorkys Hernandez to score and increase Indianapolis’ lead to three runs. Lombardozzi then came up with another two-out RBI hit for the Tribe, bringing Volstad home from third with a run-scoring single that made it 4-0.
Once the dust settled, Morgan would leave with a respectable line, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
Morgan’s performance was nothing like Volstad’s, however, as the Indians’ starter shut out the IronPigs on just three hits in seven innings on the mound. Volstad needed just 87 pitches to get through his seven innings, striking out seven batters in the process.
Brad Lincoln and Deolis Guerra would work out of Indianapolis’ bullpen to preserve the shutout in the final two innings of the game. The duo combined to allow just one hit and a walk as they secured the win for Volstad and the Tribe.
The Indians will go for a third straight victory, and a series win, when they take on Lehigh Valley in the series finale on Sunday. First pitch from Coca-Cola Park is set for 1:35 p.m. with Adrian Sampson (5-3, 2.97 ERA) scheduled to start for Indianapolis.