• A pair of HR’s lift Tribe over Chiefs 7-3

    June 30, 2011 No comments

    Indians shortstop Brian Friday led off the fifth and ninth innings with home runs, while center fielder Gorkys Hernandez recorded four hits and right fielder Miles Durham delivered two run-scoring base knocks and drove in three to lead Indianapolis past the Syracuse Chiefs 7-3 on Wednesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.

    Friday, who came into the game to replace starting SS Jordy Mercer in the third inning, launched his first two home runs of the season after recording only two all of last season. It was the first multi-homer game in the infielder’s five year professional career.

    Syracuse opened the scoring and took a 1-0 lead in the third inning by playing small ball. Washington Nationals OF Rich Ankiel, who was with Syracuse on a Major League rehab assignment, led off the frame with a double and then was moved to third on a sacrifice bunt before coming home on SS Matt Antonelli’s sacrifice fly to center.

    Ankiel and Antonelli would then team up again two innings later to double the Chiefs’ lead to 2-0. Ankiel reached base on a two-base error and would eventually score when Antonelli singled to center to give Syracuse their two run cushion.

    The Tribe’s two-run deficit would be short-lived however, as Indianapolis swung the game into their favor with a three-run sixth. Friday began the rally with his first longball, while LF John Bowker followed with a single and 3B Andy Marte drew a free pass to bring up Durham, who plated both with a two-run triple to center. Hernandez would then send in Durham with a ground-rule double to left to cap the scoring spurt and give the Indians a 4-2 advantage.

    Syracuse however, would lead off their half of the sixth with a lead-off homer off the bat of 3B Tug Hulett to narrow the margin to one at 4-3.

    Indianapolis then answered right back with two more runs to grab their largest lead of the game. Marte mashed a sacrifice fly to the warning track in left to score one, while Durham would then deliver an RBI single to left to plate the second run.

    Friday would then put the final stamp on the contest when he led off the ninth inning with his second lead-off homer of the game to left.

    Indians starter Sean Gallagher earned the win to improve to 3-8 after allowing just two earned runs on five hits in five frames, while relievers Michael Crotta, Jose Ascanio and Justin Thomas combined to allow only one earned run in the final four innings with Thomas notching his second save.

    Chiefs RHP Yunesky Maya suffered the loss to fall to 1-5 after giving up four earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work.

    Indianapolis and Syracuse will once again face off Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. The Indians are expected to throw LHP Garrett Olson, while the Chiefs are expected to counter with RHP Brad Meyers.


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