(bisons.com) - The International League's top club has been almost unbeatable at home this season. They showed why on Tuesday night against the Bisons.
Indianapolis showcased their impressive offense and pitching in picking up a 10-4 win over the Herd from Victory Field in the first game of a four-game series. The Indians are now an incredible 18-4 at home this season, part of the IL's best 28-12 record.
The Indians scored five runs in the first inning and built an insurmountable 10-2 lead after four. Jared Goedert's two-run double and Tony Sanchez's two-run homer made quick work of Buffalo's 1-0 lead in the first inning. A four-run fourth inning was highlighted by Felix Pie's two-run single.
That was more than enough offense for the International League's top pitching team. Pittsburgh Pirates' top prospect Gerrit Cole struck out five Bisons over six innings to run his record to 3-1 on the year. Reliever Erik Cordier hit 100 mph on the radar gun in helping the Indians bullpen close out the win.
Three of Buffalo's four runs on the night came via the long ball. Moises Sierra blasted his third of the year in the first inning. Josh Thole and Andy LaRoche went deep on consecutive swings in the fifth.
Miguel Batista was saddled with the loss for Buffalo after allowing eight runs in 3.2 innings of work.
The loss dropped the Bisons back into a first place tie in the IL North division with the Pawtucket Red Sox.