INDIANAPOLIS – One hit is all the Indianapolis Indians could muster up on Thursday night, but it actually ended up being enough.
That lone hit was a solo home run from Jose Osuna and coupled with eight phenomenal innings from starting pitcher Trevor Williams, Indy was able to snap a five-game losing streak with a 1-0 victory over the Charlotte Knights.
Williams, who has been a tear lately with a 1.04 ERA in his past four starts, was able to stay hot with another great outing. The righty dominated Charlotte’s lineup on Thursday, allowing no runs on three hits and zero walks in eight innings of work. His ERA now sits at a 2.85 mark after seeing it as high as 5.01 as recently as June 23.
Former Indian Chris Volstad served as the Knights’ starter and came within one pitch of matching Williams. The veteran right-hander surrendered just one hit and two walks in eight strong innings pitched, but that one hit counted as the only run of Thursday’s contest.
Jose Osuna, who has been an extra base hit machine since joining the Tribe on June 30 (eight of his 15 hits with the team have gone for extra bases), came up with the deciding swing in the fifth. Indianapolis’ left fielder crushed a homer to deep center field off of Volstad in the frame, giving the Indians a 1-0 advantage that would hold up for the win.
With Williams going eight innings, Kyle Lobstein took over in the ninth and wrapped up the victory for the home team. The southpaw needed just 13 pitches to retire the Knights in order, earning his first save of the season in the process.
Back in the win column, the Tribe will look to make it back-to-back victories when they face Charlotte again on Friday. Game time from Victory Field is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. with Steven Brault (2-4, 2.44 ERA) penciled in as Indy’s starting pitcher for the matchup.