• Balentine’s Bat Too Much For Tribe

    August 25, 2010 No comments

    Right fielder Wladimir Balentien blasted two home runs and collected all four Louisville RBI in the game, while left-handed pitcher Jeremy Horst held the Indianapolis Indians’ offense scoreless over four innings of work in his first start in nearly a year, as the Bats beat the Tribe 5-1 on Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field.

    After Louisville jumped out to an early 1-0, Balentien collected his first run-scoring hit of the night in the fourth frame. 1B Yonder Alonso kicked off the inning with a triple to right field and was promptly plated one batter later on a single to center by Balentien to give Louisville a two-run advantage.

    Balentien and the Bats doubled their advantage to 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning, when the Louisville right fielder blasted his 23rd home run of the season out to deep center field with a runner on first.

    For good measure, Balentien clubbed his second home run of the contest with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning to give Louisville the decisive 5-1 advantage.

    Indianapolis’ lone run of the contest came via a one-out RBI single off the bat of C Erik Kratz in the top of the seventh inning.

    Horst, who was making a spot-start for Louisville after RHP Sam LeCure was recalled by the Cincinnati Reds earlier in the day, did not figure in the contest’s final decision, but the left-hander gave the West Division-leading Bats a much-needed boost with four scoreless frames.

    In relief of Horst, Louisville left-hander Lee Tabor recorded the win for the Bats after tossing two scoreless innings of work, while RHP Daniel Ray Herrera earned his fifth save of year after allowing only one hit in two dominant innings. For the Tribe, starter Mike Crotta recorded his eighth loss of the season after he allowed four runs on five hits in six innings of work.

    The Indians conclude their five-game home/road series against the Bats tonight at 7:05 p.m. RHP Jeremy Powell is expected to get the nod for Indianapolis, while RHP Matt Klinker is the anticipated starter for Louisville.

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