• Bats rally late, beat Tribe 4-1

    August 16, 2011 No comments

    The Louisville Bats spoiled an excellent Triple-A debut from Indianapolis starter Jeff Locke, who struck out six over 5.2 scoreless innings, as for the second straight night they battled back to earn the victory with a late inning rally, plating four runs in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Indians 4-1 last night at Louisville Slugger Field.

    The Indians couldn’t have asked for much more from starter Jeff Locke in his Triple-A debut on Monday night. The southpaw starter was keyed in from the get go, allowing just four singles and no walks, while striking out six.

    However, a victory was not in the cards for Locke as for the second straight night the Bats’ bats came alive late in the contest, tagging Tribe reliever Daniel Moskos for four runs on two hits and three walks in the bottom of the eighth inning. Moskos, who entered the game with just four walks over 31 innings this season for the Tribe, surrendered three walks, including forcing in the eventual game-winning run with the bases loaded, and was pinned with his first loss and first blown save of the season.

    Pinch-hitter Michael Griffin began the Bats second straight late inning come from behind win with a lead-off single in the bottom of the eighth. Then after a sacrifice bunt moved Griffin to second and a walk to 2B Chris Valaika, 3B Juan Francisco came through with a RBI single to score Griffin to even the score at 1-1. The Bats then took advantage of control issues from Moskos as CF Denis Phipps and C Corky Miller drew back-to-back base-on-balls with Miller’s walk forcing home Valaika to give Louisville their first lead of the game.

    The Bats then tacked on two insurance runs when LF Daniel Dorn followed Miller’s walk with a base loaded hit by pitch, before Mike Constanzo plated Phipps with a sacrifice fly to give Louisville a 4-1 advantage.

    For the second straight night the Indians’ offense was held down by a veteran left hander as Bats starter Tom Cochran surrendered just one run on three hits, while striking out five over six innings of work. The Louisville bullpen then stepped up to plate with three scoreless innings of work as RHP Jerry Gil tossed a scoreless seventh, RHP Carlos Fisher turned a scoreless eighth to earn the win and improve to 4-1 and RHP Brad Boxberger worked out of a jam in the ninth to notch his second save.

    The Indians scored their lone run in the top of the fifth when 2B Jordy Mercer led off with a single to center, moved to third on a base hit by SS Pedro Ciriaco and came around to score on an RBI groundout by CF Gorkys Hernandez.

    Indianapolis now begins a season long 10-game homestand with four more contests against Louisville, starting tonight at 7:05 p.m. The Bats are expected to send RHP Chad Reineke to the mound, while the Indians have yet to name a starter.



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