INDIANAPOLIS (July 5, 2016) – A five run first was more than enough as Gerrit Cole and the Indians combined to blank Louisville, 6-0, on Tuesday at Victory Field.
The Indians’ big first inning opened with an error by starter Seth Varner (0-1) in his Triple-A debut. Josh Bell chipped in an RBI single and Willy Garcia hammered a bases-clearing, three-run double to do the Tribe’s damage.
Varner bore the brunt of the punishment for Louisville (42-43), departing without recording an out.
Rehabbing big leaguer Gerrit Cole was efficient in his scheduled three innings of work, giving up no runs while surrendering just two hits and striking out six.
Justin Masterson (1-1) relieved him, matching his career high in relief innings with four scoreless frames to earn the win. It was the third such outing in Masterson’s lengthy career with the last coming in 2006 while with Short-Season Lowell.
Indianapolis (45-41) added one more run in the seventh on Jin-De Jhang’s first Triple-A hit and RBI to make the tally 6-0.
Jaosn Rogers made a tremendous effort on a foul ball in the top of the eighth, tumbling into the Indians dugout as he battled to reel in the pop fly. The fall jarred the ball loose, but the Victory Field crowd offered an ovation for the effort.
Curtis Partch and Jorge Rondon each contributed a scoreless inning for the Indians.
The series concludes Wednesday afternoon at 1:35 p.m.