The Bats offense got the team off to a 6-0 lead and the lead withstood a 4-run 9th inning rally by Indy for the win. Jay Bruce led the team with 3 hits in 4 at-bats, including his 4th homerun of the season. He also had a double and 3 runs scored. Andy Phillips went 2-3 on the evening. Both hits were doubles and he scored twice and drove in a run. Kevin Barker also went 2-3 in the game, scoring once and driving in 2. To round out the offense, Adam Rosales went 2-2 with a double and 2 rbis. The 3 through 6 hitters in the Bats lineup combined to go 9-12 with 4 doubles, a homerun, 8 runs scored, and 6 rbis.
Justin Lehr improved to 3-0 on the season with the win. Lehr pitched 6 innings, scattering 5 hits while striking out 2. Lehr’s ERA dropped to 1.33 on the season. Bill Bray pitched 2 scoreless innings of relief, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 2. Bray’s ERA is now 1.04.
I can’t quite figure this out, but the 9th inning was wild. Michael Griffin was hit by a pitch to lead off the 9th. That was followed up by the Carolina manager being ejected. After a sac-bunt, Griffin moved to 2nd. He then score on a wild pitch. Based on the recap, he scored from 2nd base on the wild pitch as it never mentions him moving to 3rd. In that same at-bat, Cody Strait ended the game with a walk-off, solo-homerun. It was Strait’s 3rd homerun of the season.
Sam Lecure got the start and pitched well. Lecure went 7 innings, allowing 1 run on 4 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5.
Chris Valaika and Drew Stubbs each had outstanding nights at the plate. Chris went 4-5 on the night with a run scored and 3 rbis. The 4 hit night raised his average to .352 on the season. Drew went 3-5 on the night with 2 doubles and 2 runs batted in. Chris Heisey and Justin Turner each had 2 hits apiece.
Jordan Smith improved to 4-1 on the season with the win. Smith pitched 6 innings, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and a walk while striking out 2. Smith now has an ERA of 1.72 on the season. Logan Ondrusek pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief, surrendering 1 hit while striking out 3.
The Dragons had an off-day on Thursday.
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