Indians’ Keller Stifles RailRiders
This time around went much better for Mitch Keller.
After lasting just three innings in his start against the RailRiders last week, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ top pitching prospect tossed six sharp innings Tuesday to lead Indianapolis past SWB, 4-2, at Victory Park.
The 23-year-old, hard-throwing righty struck out eight — seven over the first four innings — walked two and allowed three hits. The only blemish was Kyle Higashioka’s game-tying, two-run home run in the fourth inning, but Indianapolis retook the lead in the bottom of the inning.
Indianapolis scored one run in the second, third, fourth and fifth innings, all off RailRiders starter Daniel Camarena. Kevin Kramer singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the fourth, then Ke’Bryan Hayes, the Pirates’ top position player prospect, slammed his 15th double of the year in the fifth to added an insurance run.
The RailRiders loaded the bases with one out in the eighth inning, but reliever Dovydas Neverauskas struck out Higashioka and Logan Morrison to get out of the inning, then retired the side in order in the ninth to lock down the save.
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