Indianapolis-The Indy Indians fell to the Louisville Bats in extra innings 6-1 Friday night. Thanks to a five-run streak in the 12th inning, Louisville took the series home opener.
Victory Field hosted IMS Night, offering commemorative baseballs for the 100th running of the Indy 500 and the 20th anniversary of the Indianapolis Indians. Throwing the first pitches were racers Matt Brabham and Conor Daly as well as Rachel Bogel from Radio Now Indy 100.9.
Friday night’s game was the sixth time the Indians have gone into extra innings this season. In the 2105 season, the Tribe went into 14 extra innings.
Louisville was the first to score when Brandon Allen connected for a long ball in the second inning. The game continued to be scoreless until the bottom of the seventh.
Indians starter Chad Kuhl allowed just one run, struck out four and walked one in six innings. Tying the game in the seventh, Danny Ortiz was brought home with an RBI made by Jacob Stallings.
The Bats notched three hits in the 12th inning to score a run before a walk by Brandon Allen loading the bases. A grand slam made by Steve Selsky brought the score 6-1 where the game remained.
The Indians will be back on Victory Field Saturday night for the second game in the series. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm.