• IronPigs top Tribe 7-6

    August 24, 2011 No comments

    Despite Tribe left fielder Alex Presley going 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs used five unearned runs and a stellar performance by left fielder Domonic Brown, who reached base five times, to push past the Indianapolis Indians 7-6 last night at Victory Field.

    The IronPigs jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second, scoring on a wild pitch by Indians starter Sean Gallagher. Lehigh Valley RF Delwyn Young put the pressure on to start the frame with a lead-off single to right, before Lehigh Valley 1B Cody Overbeck was hit by a pitch, moving Young into scoring position.

    A base hit from Lehigh Valley pitcher Scott Mathieson then loaded the bases for the IronPigs with two out. A wild pitch from Gallagher plated Young, who would score the only run for the IronPigs in the second as Gallagher got Lehigh Valley SS Freddy Galvis to ground out, keeping the deficit at 1-0.

    After Lehigh Valley struck first on the top of the second, the Tribe would respond with a rally of their own. Indians All-Star 1B Matt Hague got it started for the Tribe, reaching first on a bloop single to right field.

    With two outs and Hague on first, the Tribe would exercise patience at the plate, forcing three straight walks to force in Hague. Presley then stayed hot for the Indians, lacing a two-run single to bring home C Dusty Brown and CF Gorkys Hernandez to give the Tribe a 3-1 lead.

    But the IronPig bats would not take long to answer, as they scored runs in the next two innings to tie it up at 3-3. The Indians would battle back again in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Indians SS Chase d’Arnaud, that scored Presley from second after Presley singled and stole second.

    However, the second Tribe lead of the night would again be washed away in the top of the sixth. Galvis reached on an error from Indians 2B Brian Bocock and advanced to second on a walk to IronPig 3B Kevin Frandsen.

    A single by Lehigh Valley LF Domonic Brown then loaded the bases for the IronPigs with one out. Following a popout from Lehigh Valley CF Brandon Moss, Young walked to force in Galvis, pulling the IronPigs even at 4-4. Back-to-back singles from Barfield and Overbeck then plated three more runs later in the frame to give Lehigh Valley a 7-4 lead that they would not look back on.

    However, the Tribe would not go down without a fight, as a two-run base hit up the middle by RF John Bowker brought home Presley and pinch hitter Jeff Clement, narrowing the deficit to 7-6 in the bottom of the eighth.

    Reliever Joe Savery got the win for the IronPigs to improve to 4-0, providing a 1.1 innings of scoreless relief work with help from Lehigh Valley hurlers Drew Carpenter and Phillippe Aumont. Justin De Fratus closed the door for the IronPigs, tossing a perfect ninth to notch his fourth save of the season.

    Indians reliever Garrett Olson took the loss to fall to 4-2 on the season despite allowing four unearned runs. Fellow Tribe relievers Justin Thomas, Aaron Heilman and Steven Jackson turned in excellent efforts out of the Indianapolis bullpen as the trio combined for 3.1 scoreless innings.

    Neither starter figured in the final decision as Gallagher allowed two earned runs and walked three in four innings of work for the Tribe, while RHP Scott Mathieson surrendered four earned runs and walked six over 3.2 innings for the IronPigs.

    Indianapolis now kicks off a two-game series with West Division rival Columbus tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Indians are expected to send RHP Nelson Figueroa to the mound, while the Clippers are scheduled to counter with RHP Mitch Talbot.

     

     

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