• Bats shut down Tribe 5-2

    July 08, 2011 No comments

    Starting pitcher Daryl Thompson struck out six over seven scoreless innings and sparked the eventual game-winning scoring rally when he led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and later scored the game’s first run as the Louisville Bats went on to defeat the Indianapolis Indians 5-2 on last night at Louisville Slugger Field.

    With the game scoreless heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, Bats manager Rick Sweet decided to let Thompson hit for himself. The move would pay off as Thompson rolled a single up the middle to begin what turned out to be the game-winning scoring rally.

    After CF Dave Sappelt moved Thompson to second with a sacrifice bunt, 2B Chris Valaika roped a single to center to bring him home for the game’s first run. LF Yonder Alonso then followed with the game’s big blast as he launched a two-run home run over the left field wall to give the Bats a 3-0 lead they would not relinquish.

    Thompson not only provided a spark at the plate, but he also dominated on the mound as he held the Tribe to just four hits over seven scoreless innings, while striking out six to earn the victory and improve to 2-0 on the season

    Following the three-run seventh, Louisville tacked on two more scores in the bottom of the eighth to put the game out of reach. The Indians’ defense, which had been playing quite well as of late, broke down in the eighth, as they committed three errors that led to both Bats runs in the frame.

    Indianapolis did get on the board with two late scores of their own as LF John Bowker plated 2B Corey Wimberly with a single in the eighth, before the third hit of the night for RF Anthony Norman brought home C Kris Watts, who led off the ninth with a double.

    However it wasn’t enough as Louisville spoiled five scoreless innings from Tribe starter Justin Wilson to earn the series opening victory. Wilson worked out of two bases loaded jams to toss five scoreless frames, but did not figure in the final decision.

    Tribe reliever Steven Jackson who pitched for the Bats earlier this season, suffered the loss to fall to 1-1 after allowing Louisville’s three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

    The Indians and Bats now wrap up their short two-game series in Louisville on tonight night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is scheduled to get the start for Indianapolis, while Louisville is expected to counter with RHP Scott Carroll.

     

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