• Indian’s Win in Ninth Over Chiefs

    July 29, 2010 No comments

    Right fielder Brandon Moss blasted a first inning grand slam to give the Tribe an early lead, before center fielder Alex Presley came through with a clutch two-out two-run single in the ninth to catapult the Indianapolis Indians over Syracuse in the International League Wild Card race with a 7-5 victory over the Chiefs on Wednesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.

    The Indians quickly jumped on former Major Leaguer Jason Marquis as they used a leadoff walk, single and hit-batmen to the load the bases and set the stage for Moss.  Moss launched the second pitch of the at-bat over the wall in right center-field for his second grand slam of the season.

    The four RBI for Moss give him a team best 70 on the season, which ranks him second in the International League behind only Durham’s Dan Johnson and already surpasses the Indians’ individual season high from last.

Marquis would settle down after serving up the slam to Moss as he did not allow another run and surrendered just two singles, while striking out seven to keep the Chiefs with-in striking distance.

Syracuse got to within a run of the Tribe by scoring one in the third and two more in the fifth on a 2-run homer to cut the lead to 4-3.

    Indianapolis would push the lead back to two when Presley led off the sixth with a single, stole second and came around to score on a base hit by 1B Jeff Clement.

    The Chiefs, however, would not go away quietly as they battled back with a two-out two-run rally in the bottom of the eighth to tie the score at 5-5

This comeback set the stage for a true team comeback for the Indians in the top of the ninth as C Luke Carlin led off the inning with a base on balls, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by SS Argenis Diaz and one out later moved to third when Friday was intentionally walked and 3B Doug Bernier drew another key free pass.  Presley then stepped to the plate for the Tribe and laced the eventual game-winning base hit to center.

Tribe starter Mike Crotta allowed just three earned runs on six hits, while matching a season high with six strikeouts over 7.2 innings.  Crotta would not however figure in the final decision as in his Triple-A debut RHP Derek Hankins, despite blowing the save, would earn the victory to improve to 1-0 on the season.

Indians’ closer Jean Machi bounced back from a recent rough patch as he struck out two in a scoreless ninth to earn his 14th save of the season.

On the other side, Syracuse reliever Atahualpa Severino suffered the loss to fall to 4-2 on the season after surrendering the Indians’ two ninth inning tallies.

    The victory for Indianapolis improves their record to 55-51 on the season, while with the loss Syracuse falls behind the Tribe with a 54-51 mark.  The win also propels the Indians over the Chiefs in the International League Wild Card race, where they now stand just one half game behind West Division rival Louisville.

    The Indians continue their four-game series with the Syracuse Chiefs on tonight at 7:00 p.m. RHP Jeremy Powell is the expected starter for the Indians, while LHP Matt Chico is the probable starter for the Chiefs.

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