Opening night at Victory Field is always an exciting day for the Indianapolis community. Celebrating an anniversary only adds to this excitement. This year the Indianapolis Indians are celebrating their 20th year playing at Victory Field.
To kick things off, the team welcomed Governor Mike Pence and Mayor Joe Hogsett to throw out the ceremonial first pitches. Despite unrest throughout the city regarding some of Governor Pence’s recent political decisions, the city was able to come together and celebrate the big night alongside these elected leaders. With the weather finally deciding to cooperate and the crowd in high spirits, the game was set to be an exciting one.
To start the 2016 season, the Indians faced the Columbus Clippers, the triple-a affiliate for the Cleveland Indians. RHP Wilfredo Boscan got the opening day start for the Indians and had a strong showing his first game out. The starter had an impressive six inning shutout performance, allowing only five hits throughout his six innings.
During the first two innings, the game was close and seemed as if it would continue to be this way. The Indians took the lead in the third, added another run in the fourth and completed their scoring run with a two-run fifth. The Clippers were not able to answer until the eighth, where they only could come up a single run.
Although the pitching effort from the Indians was quite impressive, Gift Ngoepe’s success was a strong contributor to the Indians’ win. Ngoepe finished the evening 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. The shortstop added to his personal success with a strong defensive effort all throughout the evening.
The Indians improved their record to 3-2 while the Clippers fell to 2-4. The teams will face off again tomorrow at 7:15pm at Victory Field.