INDIANAPOLIS - Tyler Glasnow continued his Triple-A dominance, Joey Terdoslavich remained red-hot at the plate and Gift Ngoepe hauled in a Sportscenter Top 10-worthy catch as the Indianapolis Indians blanked the Louisville Bats, 6-0, Friday night at Victory Field. The win gave Indy back-to-back shutouts for the first time in 2017.
Scoreless through three innings, Indianapolis (52-39) broke through against Louisville (35-56) starter Jackson Stephens in the fourth for two runs. Terdoslavich slashed a single to left to begin the frame, and Eric Wood followed with a two-run homer to the left-field berm, his 12th of the season.
In the top of the fifth, Ngoepe took away a base hit from Sebastian Elizalde with an acrobatic, twisting grab in shallow left-center.
The Tribe then sent eight batters to the dish in the home half, recording five more knocks against Stephens. Starling Marte ignited the inning with a bunt single and promptly moved to second on a Christopher Bostick single to left. Two batters later, Terdoslavich crushed his fifth long ball of the season off the right-field concourse to make it 5-0.
Jacob Stallings laced a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning that scored Erich Weiss to complete the scoring.
Glasnow (4-0) lowered his ERA from 1.84 to 1.49 with seven shutout innings. The 23-year-old allowed just three hits, walked none and struck out six on 101 total pitches. Nick Kingham and Dovydas Neverauskas posted zeroes in the eighth and ninth, extending the Indians' scoreless streak from the bullpen to 27.0 innings.
Stephens (5-5) took the loss after allowing five runs on nine hits over 4.1 innings of work.
In the bottom of the third, Glasnow woke the 13,387 in attendance with a leadoff triple to the alley in right-center. The triple was the first of his career and second hit in a Tribe uniform. On Sept. 6, 2015, he doubled off Louisville's Robert Stephenson at Louisville Slugger Field.
Terdoslavich finished 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI, fresh off a 4-for-5, four-RBI showing on Thursday night. He had collected hits in seven consecutive at bats before grounding out in the seventh.
The Indians now sit a season-high 13 games over .500 and lead the all-time series over the Bats by a single victory, 188-187. The two teams have met 375 times in the regular season since 1998, the year the Tribe rejoined the International League.
The Indians and Bats play the third game of the series Saturday night at Victory Field. Right-hander Clay Holmes (7-3, 3.75) gets the nod for the Tribe, opposite Bats righty Tyler Mahle (0-3, 5.02). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
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