Indians Bury Bulls on Final Prospects Night, 8-3
INDIANAPOLIS - Cam Vieaux fired six innings of two-run ball and the Indians used a pair of three-run innings to run past the Bulls on Saturday night, 8-3. Erik Gonzalez laced a two-run triple in the fourth inning en route to a three-RBI performance.
Indianapolis (49-49) never trailed in the second game of the series, scoring twice in the first inning on a double play by Will Craig and two-out single off the bat of Kevin Kramer. Durham (59-41) cut its deficit in half in the third on a Matt Duffy solo home run, but the Tribe offense responded with consecutive three-run bursts in the fourth and fifth to blow the game open.
The Indians sent seven batters to the plate in the fourth. Jason Martin walked and stole second to begin the frame and later scored on an infield single by Steven Baron to Duffy at third. Duffy charged the high chopper to his left but converged with shortstop Lucius Fox and tripped over his teammate's feet, allowing Baron to reach safely. Cole Tucker then walked before Gonzalez slashed his triple into the right field corner to make it 5-1.
Kevin Padlo opened the fifth with a 480-foot blast off Vieaux to left-center, his second long ball in as many nights. Indy overcame the solo shot with another three-spot in the bottom of the fifth, sending eight batters to the dish. Hunter Owen, Tucker and Gonzalez all collected RBI singles in the inning to knock Arturo Reyes (L, 6-5) out of the game. The Bulls starter surrendered eight runs (six earned) on seven hits and six walks in 4.1 innings pitched.
Vieaux (W, 3-1) scattered five hits, walked none and struck out seven in the win, his highest total in 10 Triple-A outings. The victory was his first since June 18 at Buffalo.
Sean Keselica (S, 1) took over for Vieaux in the seventh and recorded the final nine outs to earn the save. He gave up one run in the eighth on a two-out double by Jason Coats and stranded four baserunners over the final three innings, striking out four along the way.
Gonzalez and Kramer each had two hits to pace Indy's 10-hit attack. Kramer logged his team-high 25th double that opened the Tribe fifth.
The Indians and Bulls conclude their weekend series on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET. Mitch Keller (7-4, 3.21) will start against Ricardo Pinto (2-2, 3.89) as Indy seeks its first series win over Durham since the 2016 season.
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