Indianapolis Indians  6,  Louisville Bats  1

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Phil Irwin struck out 9 batters tonight.

The champagne is flowing in the Indianapolis Indians clubhouse!  The Indians have clinched the International League Western Division pennant tonight at Victory Field.  The Indians defeated the Louisville Bats, which decreased their magic number from 2 to 1.  Then, about 15 minutes after the Indians' game was over, the Toledo Mud Hens beat the Columbus Clippers 10 - 3, to remove that last "1" from their magic number.  (The Indians are 12 games ahead of the 2nd place Clippers with 11 games left to play.)  The last time the Indians won the division title was back in 2000.

The Bats started the game by giving the Indians something to worry about.  With Phil Irwin making his second s...

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