ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Last week, Brandon Waddell‘s Triple-A debut didn’t go as planned. His second start with the Indianapolis Indians (28-27) came on Tuesday and went much smoother.
The right-hander tossed 5.2 shutout innings at Frontier Field, helping the Tribe open a six-game road stretch with a 5-0 victory over the Rochester Red Wings (28-25).
Waddell surrendered five runs and lasted a career-worst 1.2 innings in his Indians debut on May 30, but returned to form in Rochester. After posting six starts of one run allowed or less in Double-A, he turned in his first outing of that sort at the Triple-A level on Tuesday.
The 23-year-old limited the Red Wings to four hits and two walks, while striking out five batters. He did not record a strikeout last week versus Gwinnett. Waddell punched out 43 batters in 53.2 innings pitched in Double-A.
Behind Waddell, three Tribe relievers combined to preserve the shutout. Tanner Anderson worked around a leadoff single in the seventh, but retired four of the five batters he faced. Josh Smoker got through the eighth inning without giving up a run. And lastly in the ninth, Casey Sadler walked two but left both runners aboard to secure the win for the visitors.
At the plate, the Indians got a run in the first and never looked back.
A walk and a single put runners on the corners for Jose Osuna, who grounded out and plated the game’s first run. Red Wings starter Stephen Gonsalves responded with four straight scoreless frames before Indianapolis put another crooked number up on the scoreboard.
A two-out walk to Jacob Stallings hurt Gonsalves in the sixth, as Kevin Kramer followed with a RBI double. A walk to Max Moroff followed and ended Gonsalves’ night, as Rochester called on Trevor May out of their bullpen. May served up a double to Eric Wood, allowing the Indians to push their lead to 3-0.
May trotted back out for the seventh, where three of the first four batters he faced singled. Osuna picked up his second RBI of the ballgame with his single to right field, scoring Kevin Newman.
Newman scored another run in the ninth, taking us to our final score of 5-0. He led off with a walk, advanced to second on a balk, tagged up to third on a Chris Bostick fly ball and finally scored on a wild pitch.
The middle game of this three-game set is scheduled for a 7:05 p.m. start on Wednesday. Indy’s Alex McRae (1-5, 4.94 ERA) will battle Rochester’s Aaron Slegers (5-2, 3.27 ERA), a former Indiana Hoosier.