• IL All-Star Marte leads Tribe over Mud Hens

    June 29, 2012 No comments

    Center fielder Starling Marte was nearly as hot as the temperature was at Victory Field last night, putting the Indians ahead with a three-run home run in the fourth inning and padding that lead with a two-run double in the sixth as Indianapolis went on to beat the Toledo Mud Hens 10-5.

    All five of Marte’s RBI on Thursday night came with two outs, including a long home run in the fourth inning that also scored SS Chase d’Arnaud and LF Gorkys Hernandez. The home run put the Indians ahead 6-5, a lead the Tribe would not relinquish.

    The all-star center fielder also provided Indianapolis with some insurance in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two-out double that again scored d’Arnaud and Hernandez. The double gave the Indians an 8-5 lead.

    Indianapolis scratched out another pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, DH Jordy Mercer lined a triple into the left-center field gap and then scored on 2B Yamaico Navarro’s single to center. Navarro eventually scored on Brandon Boggs RBI single to center, giving the Indians their final 10-5 advantage.

    The Mud Hens had jumped out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the top of the first when 1B John Lindsey drew a bases loaded walk to put Toledo ahead 1-0 with no outs and the bases still loaded.

    After a shallow flyout, LF Jerad Head was hit by a pitch to extend the Toledo lead to 2-0, still with the bases loaded but with one out. RF Ben Guez then laced a RBI single to left reloading the bases but Indians starter Rick VandenHurk induced a double play to end the inning with the score 3-0 in favor of the Mud Hens.

    VandenHurk, who came into the game 6-0 with a 2.72 ERA for Indianapolis, struggled as he allowed season-highs in hits and earned runs but nonetheless persevered for his team-leading seventh win of the season. The righty was picked up in a big way by his offense, who gave him a clean slate by scoring three runs of their own in the bottom of the first.

    d’Arnaud and Hernandez drew back-to-back walks to lead off the bottom of the first followed by Matt Hague’s two-run single to narrow the gap to 3-2. Hague came plateward on Jeff Clement’s RBI double to tie the game at 3-3 after one inning of play.

    Andrew Oliver (4.0 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 HR), who uncorked five wild pitches en route to suffering the loss, fell to 4-7 on the season.

    Toledo scored lone runs in both the third and fourth innings, first when SS Cale Iorg ripped a run scoring triple to the right field corner and in the fourth when Jerad Head drove in the final Mud Hens run of the game.

    All of Toledo’s runs were scored off of VandenHurk as three Indianapolis relievers combined for 4.0 shutout innings to close out the game. RHP Bryan Morris tossed 2.0 shutout innings while fellow RHPs Evan Meek and Chris Leroux each tossed a scoreless frame.

    The Indians (49-31) go for win No. 50 on the season Friday night as they wrap their homestand and try to win the series against Toledo (32-49). Indianapolis is expected to send LHP Jeff Locke (5-4, 3.27) to the mound for the 7:15 p.m. start while the Mud Hens will likely counter with LHP Adam Wilk (3-8, 3.93).

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