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Gorski Delivers Go-Ahead Ninth-Inning Blast, Jones Tosses Gem in Thrilling Win

September 15, 2023 - International League (IL)
Indianapolis Indians News Release

PAPILLION, Neb. - Matt Gorski launched a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning and Jared Jones tossed 6.0 one-hit shutout innings with eight punchouts, as the Indianapolis Indians won their third straight over the Omaha Storm Chasers at Werner Park on Friday night, 3-1.

A ninth-inning lead-off walk to Ryan Vilade by Dylan Coleman (L, 1-3) set the table in a game notched at one apiece. Two batters later, Gorski launched the go-ahead two-run homer 381 feet onto the berm in left-center field. The blast was Gorski's second home run in six games with Indianapolis, earning the Indians 11th last at-bat win of the season.

The Indians (66-74, 33-33) struck first in the third inning. With runners on the corners, Chris Owings grounded into a fielder's choice, beating the throw to avoid a double play and plate Malcom Nuñez. It was the lone run allowed by Omaha starter Anthony Veneziano in 6.0 innings of work.

Jones stole the show with 6.0 shutout innings, yielding just one hit and a walk with eight punchouts. It marked his second consecutive scoreless quality start. Over his last two starts, the right-hander has held opponents scoreless while allowing just five hits with 12 strikeouts in 13.0 innings pitched.

The Storm Chasers (63-74, 25-40) were held without a hit for four consecutive innings before breaking through to score the tying run in the eighth. Nate Eaton led off the frame with a walk and proceeded to steal second and third base. Angelo Castellano followed with an RBI single off Cody Bolton (W, 3-4).

Travis MacGregor (S, 2) earned his second save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to slam the door.

The Indians and Storm Chasers will play the penultimate game of their six-game set on Saturday night at Werner Park at 6:35 PM ET. RHP Wil Crowe (1-0, 4.08) will take the hill for Indianapolis against Omaha's RHP Jonathan Bowlan (5-6, 5.46).

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