• Bats score late to beat Indians 3-2

    August 17, 2011 No comments

    For the second straight night, Louisville used an eighth inning outburst to rally past the Tribe, as right fielder Jeremy Hermida, catcher Devin Mesoraco and left fielder Danny Dorn belted back-to-back-to-back two-out base hits to plate the game-winning run and lead the Bats over the Indianapolis Indians 3-2 last night at Victory Field.

    With the score tied 2-2 entering the eighth inning, the Bats yet again found a way to come through late and earn their third straight win with a rally in the eighth inning or later. After the first two Bats’ batters were retired in the eighth, Hermida began the eventual game-winning rally with a line drive base hit to right, before Mesoraco and Dorn followed with base hits of their own, with Dorn’s base knock plating Hermida to push the Bats ahead 3-2.

    Louisville also took the first lead of the contest with two scores in the top of the third, beginning with a lead-off triple from SS Kristopher Negron, who later scored the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly by 2B Chris Valaika. 3B Juan Francisco then powered the Bats to a 2-0 lead when he launched a mammoth solo blast over the right field wall for his 12th homer of the season.

    The Indians, however, battled back to even the score at 2-2 with single runs in the third and fourth innings. SS Chase d’Arnaud sparked the first Tribe rally in the third when he roped a two-out single to left, before back-to-back base hits from RF John Bowker and 1B Matt Hague brought him home to draw the Indians to with-in one.

    2B Jordy Mercer then roped a lead-off double in the bottom of the fourth, and eventually came around to score the game-tying run on a RBI single by CF Gorkys Hernandez.

    The Indians did make things interesting in the ninth, as pinch hitter Pedro Ciriaco led off with a base hit, stole second and headed to third on a sacrifice bunt from Hernandez. However, the Indians were unable to push the tying run across and fell to Louisville late for the third straight time.

    The Bats’ bullpen came through yet again as four Louisville relievers combined to allow just three hits over the final four innings. RHP Nick Christiani tossed 1.1 scoreless frames, before LHP Jeremy Horst hurled a third of an inning to earn the win and improve to 1-4. RHP Jordan Smith then fired a perfect eighth to pick up his second hold of the season, before closer Brad Boxberger one again worked out of a ninth inning jam to pick up his third save.

    Indians starter Ross Ohlendorf did not figure in the final decision despite allowing just two runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking just one over seven strong innings of work. On the other side, Louisville starter Chad Reineke also did not take home a decision, as he matched Ohlendorf in allowing only two runs while striking out five.

    Tribe reliever Chris Leroux suffered the loss to fall to 6-3 after serving up the Bats’ eighth inning tally.

    Indianapolis and Louisville now continue their eight-game home/road series this afternoon at 1:05 p.m. The Indians are scheduled to send LHP Brian Burres to the mound, while the Bats are expected to counter with RHP Edinson Volquez.

     

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