INDIANAPOLIS – Left-hander Brandon Waddell threw seven quality innings on Wednesday, leading the Indianapolis Indians (45-38) to their first victory on July 4 since 2013.
Waddell held the Louisville Bats (33-48) to two runs, as the Tribe led from the beginning in a 4-2 win in front of a sellout crowd at Victory Field.
Waddell’s seven innings pitched go down as a new career best at the Triple-A level. Louisville scraped together nine hits against him, but Waddell dodged trouble for the most part to limit them to two runs.
The Bats finally broke through, for the one and only time, in the fifth inning. Louisville collected four hits in the frame, two singles and two doubles, to plate their lone pair of runs for the evening.
Those two runs were never enough, as the Tribe had already built a 4-0 lead.
Jordan Luplow, who notched two hits in the game, gave Indy a 1-0 edge in the first. Kevin Newman led off with a walk and then moved up to third on a stolen base/error combination, allowing Luplow’s roller through the middle to give the Indians a one-run advantage.
Indianapolis ultimately put this one out of reach with three runs in the fourth.
Three consecutive singles to start the inning made it 2-0, with Jose Osuna’s knock scoring Sean Rodriguez. Adam Frazier followed by drawing a walk to load the bases and while Kevin Kramer bounced into a double play, Luplow raced home to make it 3-0. Indy pushed their cushion to 4-0 with a wild pitch to the backstop that allowed Osuna to touch home.
The Indians and Bats will battle once more on Thursday, with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. Pittsburgh Pirates top prospect Mitch Keller (0-0, 27.00 ERA) will start for Indianapolis, making his home debut.