INDIANAPOLIS, IN. – Louisville and Indianapolis split Wednesday’s two-game slate as the Indians walked off game one, winning 4-3. Eric Yang and TJ Friedl powered the Bats offense in game two as four Louisville hitters tallied multi-hit games en route to a 9-6 win at Victory Field.
The Bats jumped out in front early in game one of the doubleheader. After reaching base on a fielder’s choice, TJ Friedl moved to third on double by Colin Moran before coming in to score on a base-hit by Juniel Querecuto to take a 1-0 lead.
Indianapolis took the lead in the third, scoring two runs with two outs, highlighted by a solo home run to take a 2-1 lead. The Indians tacked on another run one inning later to extend their lead to 3-1 through four innings.
Louisville struck again in the top of the sixth to tie the game. Friedl put another run on the board after launching his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot deep to right field. Two batters later, Moran tallied his second extra-base hit of the game with a solo home run of his own to even the score 3-3.
Bats reliever Kyle Dowdy (1-2, 5.23) came on in the sixth and struck out three of the four batters he faced to keep the game tied going into the seventh inning. Dowdy’s inning marked his 500th career inning pitched in Minor League Baseball.
Matt Pidich (4-3, 4.94) came on in the seventh and struck out the first two batters he saw before surrendering three straight hits as Indianapolis won in walk-off fashion for the second straight game, topping Louisville 4-3 in game one of the doubleheader.
Once again, the Bats plated a run first, this time in the top of the second inning. After a pop-out to start the inning, Ronnie Dawson and Isiah Gilliam tallied back-to-back hits, a single for Dawson and a double for Gilliam, to get two runners in scoring position. In the next at-bat, Eric Yang tallied his first Triple-A hit, a double to left field, to bring both runs home and give Louisville the 2-0 lead.
The Indians tallied a single run in each of their next two at-bats, highlighted by a solo home run in the bottom of the second, to even the score 2-2 through three innings.
Louisville scored again in the top of the fourth as Yang drove in Dawson for the second time of the game, followed by an RBI sac fly off the bat of Alejo Lopez to score Gilliam and extend the Bats lead to 4-2.
Indianapolis answered in the bottom half of the inning, scoring two runs to…