INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Louisville Bats (36-56) defeated the Indianapolis Indians (52-40) 2-0 on Saturday night at Victory Field, giving the Bats their first win since the All-Star break.
The Bats struck first in the top of the third after an RBI single by Darnell Sweeney, which scored Alex Blandino from second base. This was the Bats' first run after 20 straight scoreless innings.
The Indians started right-hander Clay Holmes (7-4, 3.58), who pitched six innings while allowing three hits, one run, it was earned, no walks, and recorded three strikeouts on 64 pitches, 46 for strikes.
The Bats started right-hander Tyler Mahle (1-3, 5.02), who recorded his first win in Triple-A tonight. He pitched six innings and allowed just one hit, three walks, and recorded seven strikeouts on 100 pitches, 68 for strikes.
The Bats added on an insurance run in the top of the ninth when Brandon Dixon hit a sacrifice fly to score Phillip Ervin and give the Bats a 2-0 lead, which proved to be the final score.
The Bats and Indians will wrap up this four-game series tomorrow afternoon with the first pitch scheduled for 1:35 p.m. at Victory Field. The Bats plan to start left-handed pitcher Amir Garrett (1-1, 4.95) and the Indians plan to start right-handed pitcher Tyler Eppler (6-4, 4.54).
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