• Carroll’s 3-run bomb downs Tribe

    August 20, 2012 No comments

    Right fielder Brett Carroll blasted a two-out three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to help rally the Syracuse Chiefs past the Indianapolis Indians 5-3 on Sunday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.

    After Syracuse jumped out to a quick lead with two runs in the first inning, the Indianapolis Indians plated single scores in the second, fourth and fifth frames to take a 3-2 advantage. However, the Chiefs would put together a seventh-inning rally, highlighted by a clutch two-out three-run homer off the bat Carroll on their way to earning the victory.

    The eventual game-winning rally began when 1B Chris Marrero drew a lead-off walk followed immediately by a base hit from 3B Carlos Rivero. Tribe reliever Jo-Jo Reyes would then get a force out at third and line out to center to bring Carroll to the plate with two outs and the Tribe holding on to a 3-2 advantage.

    The veteran right handed slugger would come through connecting on his 10th homer of the season to give the Chiefs the advantage and eventual victory. The three-run blast would also eventually pin the loss on Reyes (0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO), who fell to 5-2 on the season with the defeat.

    Syracuse also struck first on Sunday evening as they plated two runs in the first frame, beginning with back-to-back-to-back one-out singles off the bat of CF Corey Brown, 2B Jarrett Hoffpauir and Marrero that scored Brown for the contest’s first tally. Rivero would then follow Marrero’s RBI base knock with a run scoring groundout that brought home Hoffpauir to extend the Chiefs advantage to 2-0.

    Indianapolis would however cut away at the Syracuse lead with runs in the second and fourth, before taking the first lead of he contest with a tally in the fifth. 3B Matt Hague began the first Indians rally with a lead-off single in the top of the second, eventually scoring to cut the Chiefs lead in half on a two-out base hit to center off the bat of LF Brandon Boggs.

    The suddenly surging Dallas McPherson then evened the score for the Tribe with one swing of the bat as he connected on a two-out solo home run in the top of the fourth. The longball, which was McPherson’s first in an Indians’ uniform, gave the left-handed slugger an extra-base hit in three straight contests.

    Indianapolis then took over their first lead of the contest off the bat of the red-hot 2B Brock Holt, who lifted a sacrifice fly to score Boggs in the top of the fifth after Boggs and C Eric Fryer led off the frame with a double and single respectively.  Along with what the time was the go-ahead RBI, Holt also collected two more base hits in the contest to extend his impressive hitting streak to eight games during which he his hitting a robust .485 (16-for-33) with two runs and four RBI.

    LHP Jeff Locke (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) pitched well in his return to the Indians’ rotation, allowing just one hit after the first inning while striking out five over a solid six-inning no-decision. Reliever Logan Kensing (1.1 IP, 2 SO) also made a successful return to the mound for the Indians, tossing 1.1 innings of scoreless relief after being activated from the Tribe’s disabled list earlier in the day.

    On the other side in his Syracuse debut Kevin Pucetas (7.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 SO) went seven strong innings, earning the victory with help from Carroll’s three-run blast.  Following Pucetas, Chiefs relievers Erik Davis (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) and Christian Garcia (1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 SO) would each work themselves in and out of trouble in their innings of relief with Davis picking up his first hold of the season and Garcia notching his 11th save.

    Despite the loss, the Indians still saw their magic number for an International League West Division Championship fall to six as the second-place Columbus Clippers fell to the Louisville Bats 9-8.

    Indianapolis will looks to take back the series advantage over Syracuse in game three on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. RHP Kyle McPherson is expected to take the mound for the Indians, while the Chiefs are scheduled to counter with RHP Jeff Mandel.

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