June 15, 2012
In a matchup between the International League’s West and South division leaders, the Indianapolis Indians used a five-run fourth inning, keyed by a clutch two-out three run double by shortstop Chase d’Arnaud, to take down the Charlotte Knights 5-3 on Thursday evening at Knights Stadium.
Charlotte jumped out to a quick advantage by manufacturing a single run in the bottom half of the first inning. CF Greg Golson led off the bottom of the first with a double to left and eventually trotted home when 1B Dan Johnson lifted a sacrifice fly to right.
However, after being held to just a single hit over the first three innings the Indianapolis offense would break out with five runs in the top of the fourth to take over the lead for good.
CF Starling Marte began the rally with a base hit to left and scored the first Indianapolis run on 1B Jeff Clement’s double to right field to even the score at 1-1.
Following Clement’s RBI base knock, RF Jeff Larish and 2B Anderson Hernandez would draw back-to-back base-on-balls to load the bases. C Tony Sanchez would then fly out to center to bring 3B Brian Friday to the plate with two out and the bases loaded.
Friday came through lining a base hit to left to plate Clement and give the Tribe a 2-1 lead.
Friday’s base knock left the bases loaded with two outs for d’Arnaud, who rose to the occasion and sealed the victory for the Tribe by ripping a bases clearing double to left.
Former Indians C/INF Hector Gimenez would bring the Knights with-in two by belting a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the sixth and connecting on an RBI base hit in the bottom of the seventh to make the score 5-3.
However, it wouldn’t be enough as Tribe reliever Bryan Morris stepped in and shut down the Knights over the final three frames. Morris earned his fourth save of the season with three scoreless innings of relief in support of starter Jeff Locke who scattered eight hits over 5.2 innings of work to earn the win and improve to 5-3 on the season.
Charlotte starter Dylan Axelrod surrendered all five Tribe runs on all six hits over just five innings to suffer the loss and fall to 5-4.
With the victory the Indians improve to 39-27 on the season and maintain their eight-game lead over the Columbus Clippers in the IL’s West Division. Indianapolis and Charlotte now continue their series on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. with the Tribe expected to send RHP Daniel Cabrera to the mound and Knights scheduled to counter with RHP Charlie Shirek