Final game of the season. Maybe Indianapolis will show up tonight because the two games this week have been awful, with a combined 24-2 score. I’ll fill in the starter when they announce him.
TRIPLE-A: INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS
Game Time: 6:15 PM
Box Score: LINK
Starting Pitcher: Mike Burrows (1-3, 4.10)
- Final Line: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO
Travis Swaggerty 0-for-3, BB, SB
Endy Rodriguez 2-for-4, HR, RBI
Blake Sabol 1-for-3, BB
Cody Bolton 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 SO
Indianapolis could have done without these three extra games to end their season because nothing good came from them. They got blown out in all three games, outscored 35-5, losing tonight by an 11-3 score in a game that was all but over in the first inning. Mike Burrows returned to action, which is a good sign, but his ERA took a left hook to the jaw, as he allowed six earned runs while recording two outs. Peter Solomon, Hunter Stratton and Cody Bolton combined to allowed five earned over the next 4.1 innings, before Joe Jacques and Noe Toribio threw three shutout innings to mercifully end the season. Endy Rodriguez missed two games after leaving early on Saturday (Sunday was an off-day). He caught and had two hits, including his 25th homer of the season. Hunter Owen also homered. Travis Swaggerty stole his 20th base. The Indians finished 74-75 on the season.
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