INDIANAPOLIS — Vance Worley put on a strikeout clinic Wednesday, fanning 10 Buffalo hitters in eight innings as the Indianapolis Indians (31-21) defeated the Bisons, 5-2, for their second win in as many days.
Worley walked only one batter while allowing two earned runs on four hits.
Just as they did on Tuesday, the Bisons failed to score in all but one inning. All of Buffalo’s damage was done in the third inning when Ryan Goins doubled to left field, knocking in Kenny Wilson and Munenori Kawasaki to put the Herd up, 2-1.
The Indians scored a run each in the fourth and fifth innings to take a 3-2 lead and knock out Bisons starter Kyle Drabek. In all, Drabek was tagged for three earned runs on 10 hits, three runs and a walk while striking out none.
The Indians also roughed up reliever John Stilson for two runs in less than two innings work.
Indianapolis scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in an uncommon manner – they registered just one hit. After Stilson allowed a single, a walk and hit a batter to load the bases, Matt Hague hit a sacrifice fly to right field.
Bisons manager Gary Allenson then replaced Stilson with left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith. With Chris McGuiness batting, Rowland-Smith caught Gregory Polanco in a rundown between first and second base, allowing Michael Martinez to score.
Rowland-Smith and Neil Wagner closed out the final inning and two-thirds for Buffalo without allowing a hit.
Polanco reached base four times, including three hits and a walk for Indianapolis. Hague, McGuiness, Jaff Decker and Blake Davis each knocked in one run for Indianapolis. Josh Kinney earned his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
The four-game set will conclude today at Indianapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.