The Indianapolis Indians (33-21) broke a tied affair wide open in the bottom of the fifth, sending 12 men to the plate and pounding out eight runs to pace its eventual 11-6 blowout of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (27-26) on Friday night at Victory Field. The win snaps a four-game skid against SWB and gives the Indians 14 wins in their last 19 games.
While the offensive eruption served as the end tale, Friday’s series opener initially began with a valiant effort from spot starter Jay Jackson. Taking the mound for just his fifth start of the campaign, Jackson dialed in to two-hit a red-hot ‘Riders offense through 4.0 shutout innings. The righty fanned five before departing, but after heading to the dugout with a 3-0 lead thanks to RBI knocks from Gregory Polanco and Blake Davis, Jackson saw SWB plate three runs to erase the lead and tie the contest in the fifth.
Although the RailRiders appeared to have climbed back into the game, the Tribe had other things in mind as its offense struck for a season high-tying eight runs in the home half of the inning.
After Robert Andino reached on an error to open the frame, six of the next seven batters reached safely on three walks, two-run doubles from both Tony Sanchez and Jaff Decker and an RBI single from Chris McGuiness to open the floodgates and give the Indians an insurmountable 11-3 lead.
Scranton would plate single scores in the sixth, seventh and ninth, but the effort fell far short in the Tribe’s 11-6 win