• Bats beat Tribe 5-2 in season finale

    September 06, 2011 No comments

    Louisville right fielder Denis Phipps collected three hits, scored two runs and drove in two, while first baseman Neftali Soto recorded two hits, including a home run, to push the Bats past the Indianapolis Indians 5-2 in the final game of the 2011 season yesterday afternoon at Louisville Slugger Field.

    With the loss, Indianapolis finishes with a 76-68 in 2011. Despite the defeat, the Indians end the 2011 campaign in second place in the International League’s West Division ahead of Louisville.

    The Bats got on the board first in the opening inning thanks to the longball on Soto’s two-run homer to right field.

    Indianapolis however, would tie the game at 2-2 with a score in back-to-back innings. 3B Andy Marte scored on a RBI single from Miles Durham in the second, while SS Brian Bocock came home on a Jeff Clement RBI single in the third.

    But Louisville would retake the lead at 3-2 in the bottom half of the third when SS Kristopher Negron scored on Denis Phipps’ RBI single to left.

    The Bats then plated insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to increase their advantage to 5-2.

    Bats starter Chad Reineke earned the win after yielding two earned runs on six hits in five frames, while Indians LHP Jeff Locke suffered the loss to fall to 1-2 after allowing three earned runs on four hits in his five innings.

    With their final record of 76-68 the Indians finish with their highest win total since 2006, when the club compiled a 76-66 mark.

    The Tribe will begin their 2012 season with an eight-game road trip, before their first homestand of the season at Victory Field starts on Friday, April 13 against the Toledo Mud Hens.

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