• Bats down Tribe 4-2

    April 24, 2012 No comments

    Four Louisville hurlers, led by starter Chad Reineke, held the Indianapolis Indians to just two runs on six hits while the Bats offense used timely hitting to double up the Tribe and come away with a 4-2 victory last night at Louisville Slugger Field.

    After Indianapolis failed to cash in on a bases-loaded scoring chance in the top of the second, Louisville responded in the bottom of the inning. After a double, walk and passed ball put runners of second and third with one out, Bats C Dioner Navarro placed a swinging-bunt single down the third base line to drive in SS Paul Janish and give Louisville a 1-0 lead.

    The Bats added two more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Navarro came through again with a RBI double to left field to make it 2-0 in favor of Louisville. Two batters later, a sacrifice fly by 2B Chris Valaika pushed the Bats advantage to 3-0.

    The Indians would get on the board in the top of the sixth thanks to LF Nick Evans and 3B Jordy Mercer. Evans led off the inning by reaching second base on a fielding error and, after a strikeout, came around to score when Mercer smacked an RBI-double to left field to cut the Louisville lead to 3-1.

    The Bats got that run back in the bottom of the seventh on a Janish RBI double off the left field to increase the Bats lead to 4-1.

    Indianapolis tried to rally in the top of the ninth, started by CF Starling Marte’s two-out single. After Marte took second base on a wild pitch, SS Anderson Hernandez singled to center field, driving in Marte and bringing the tying run to the plate in Mercer who ended the game with a long fly out to left.

    Reineke surrendered just an unearned run in his six innings of work to pick up the win, his first decision in four starts. Following Reineke, Bats relievers Nick Christiani and Ron Mahay combined for two hitless innings of relief, before RHP Jordan Smith picked up his first save of the season despite giving up two hits and a run in the ninth.

    Tribe started Justin Wilson had control issues — walking five batters in five innings — and took the loss, his third of the year. LHP Daniel Moskos tossed his fourth straight scoreless outing and new arrival RHP Jared Hughes worked a scoreless eighth in his first action since being optioned from Pittsburgh.

    Indianapolis and Louisville get back to action tonight as the teams begin the Indianapolis portion of their current five-game home-and-home series. LHP Jeff Locke is projected to take the mound for the Indians while the Bats are expected to counter with RHP Andrew Brackman. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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