INDIANAPOLIS - For a third time in 2017, the Indianapolis Indians let a lead after six full innings slip away in a 6-5 series-opening loss to the Durham Bulls on Tuesday night at Victory Field. Joey Terdoslavich, transferred from extended spring training to Indy prior to the game, went 2-for-5 with three RBI in the defeat.
Two errors with two outs in the eighth allowed Durham (8-4) to knot the game at five. A two-out fielding error by Tribe reliever Dovydas Neverauskas preceded a triple off the bat of Cade Gotta. The three-bagger drove in Mike Marjama to make it 5-4, and Gotta joined Marjama at the plate after Max Moroff's throw to third caromed off Christopher Bostick's glove and over Indy's third-base dugout out of play.
The Bulls completed their comeback over Indianapolis (3-9) with a run in the 11th inning against Brett McKinney (0-1). Jake Hager and Jake Bauers knocked back-to-back singles to start the frame, and after a lineout to Terdoslavich at first base, Casey Gillaspie brought home the deciding run with a single to center.
The visitors scored once in the first against Drew Hutchison, using a double by Hager and consecutive groundouts to take a 1-0 advantage. The Tribe rallied in the fourth against Chih-Wei Hu, plating three runs with the latter pair coming home on a two-run single by Terdoslavich.
Indy extended its lead in the sixth with two more runs against Hu. A Terdoslavich double scored Elias Diaz and a two-out knock by Bostick grew the lead to four at 5-1.
Durham answered in the seventh with two runs of its own on sacrifice flies by Bauers and Willy Adames, bringing the deficit back to two.
Durham's Ryan Garton (1-0) earned the win with two shutout innings in relief. Both starters took no-decisions, with Hutchison allowing just one earned on five hits and three walks over six frames.
The Indians and Bulls play game two of the series Wednesday afternoon at The Vic. Right-hander Tyler Eppler (1-0, 0.00) will start for the Tribe, opposite Bulls right-hander Brent Honeywell who will make his Triple-A debut. First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.