• IronPigs Shortstop 6 RBI Down Tribe

    July 22, 2010 No comments

    Shortstop Brian Bocock put Lehigh Valley ahead with a two-run double in the fourth
    inning and then blasted a grand slam in the top of the ninth to put the game out of reach
    as the IronPigs went on to take down the Indianapolis Indians 12-8 last night at Victory
    Field.

    Indianapolis plated the first run of the game on an RBI single in the bottom of the first
    but would find themselves trailing after four innings as Lehigh Valley plated a run in the
    third and two more in the fourth on the Bocock double to take a 3-1 lead.

    Kevil Melilo’s RBI single in the fifth cut the deficit to 3-2 and both teams added a run
    each in the sixth inning.

    With the Tribe down 4-3 entering the bottom of the seventh, SS Argenis Diaz lined a
    key single to center to set the stage for pinch hitter Jonathan Van Every, who launched
    the ball over the right field wall for the Indians first pinch hit longball of the season.
    The homer, which gave the Tribe a 5-4 advantage, was Van Every’s fifth home run
    in his last seven games played and gave him seven round trippers on the season.

    But that lead wouldn’t last long as Lehigh Valley came to bat in the top of the eighth
    inning. The IronPigs rallied with four runs on three hits, two walks and a wild pitch giving
    the IronPigs an 8-5 lead going in to the ninth inning.

    That set the stage for Bocock’s grand slam as a hit batsman, single and walk loaded the
    bases for the Lehigh Valley shortstop and Bocock deposited a Justin Thomas pitch over
    the left field wall to give the IronPigs a 12-5 lead.

    The Indians tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth as a Melillo RBI double and RBI
    singles off the bats of Jason Jaramillo and Jeff Clement cut the deficit to 12-8. But the
    Iron Pigs countered by bringing in Antonio Bastardo who retired the next three Tribe
    batters in order to kill the rally and preserve the victory.

    Brandon Moss hit his fourteenth home run with a solo shot in the 6th. The homer for
    Moss also helped extend his hitting streak to 12 games.

    Along with Moss, CF Alex Presley also extended his hitting streak giving him an Indians’
    season best 13 consecutive contests with at least one base hit.

    Neither starter recorded a decision as Indians’ starter Brian Burres allowed four runs on
    six hits over five innings of work and Lehigh Valley starter Michael Cisco allowed five
    runs on eight hits, while striking out five over 6.1 innings.

    IronPigs reliever Michael Schwimmer earned the victory to improve to 2-0 on the
    season after tossing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning of relief, while fellow relievers
    Brian Gordon and Bastardo also tossed scoreless frames out of the Lehigh Valley
    bullpen, with Gordon earning his fifth hold and Bastardo picking up his second save in
    as many games.

    Indians’ reliever Daniel Moskos suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 after allowing four runs on
    two hits and three walks in just 0.1 innings pitched. Tribe reliever Steven Jackson was
    a bright spot out of the bullpen as he allowed just two hits over two scoreless frames of
    relief.

    The loss for Indianapolis drops their record to 50-49 on the season, while Lehigh Valley
    improves to 41-57 with the victory.

    Indianapolis wraps up its four-game series with Lehigh Valley on tonight at 7:00 p.m.
    RHP Charlie Morton is expected to get the start for the Tribe, while RHP Brandon
    Duckworth is the probable starter for the IronPigs.

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