• Indians Beat Norfolk in Matinee

    August 12, 2010 No comments

    Center fielder Alex Presley broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run double in the bottom of the third inning, before designated hitter Brandon Moss capped the four-run frame with a two-run home run to right field to lead the Indianapolis Indians to a 7-4 win over the Norfolk Tides on yesterday afternoon at Victory Field.

    After Indianapolis and Norfolk traded single scores early on in the contest, Presley stepped to the dish with runners standing at second and third and the game tied at 1-1. Presley lined a two-run double to left field to plate SS Pedro Ciriaco and 3B Akinori Iwamura and give the Tribe a 3-1 advantage.

    One batter later, Moss launched the first pitch he saw out to deep right field for a mammoth two-run home run to give the Indians a 5-1 lead. With the blast, Moss reached the 20 home run plateau for the first time in his professional baseball career and became the first Indians’ batter to amass that many home runs since Graham Koonce hit 23 in 2005.

    Moss’ two RBI afternoon also upped his season total to 81, which not only gives him the second-most RBI in the International League this season, but also gives him the top RBI total for a Tribe batter since Jeff Liefer collected 83 in 2004.

    Indianapolis went on to increase its advantage to 6-1 in the home half of the fifth inning when Presley drove in Ciriaco for his third RBI of the contest with an RBI groundout.

    Norfolk used an RBI double in the top of the sixth cut the lead to 6-2 but the Tribe regained their five-run edge with an RBI single in the bottom half of the inning for a 7-2 advantage.

    Norfolk cut the Indianapolis advantage to 7-4 with single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, before Tribe reliever Jean Machi held the Tides scoreless over the final 1.1 innings of play to preserve the Indians’ victory and earn his 16th save of the season.

    Tribe starter Brian Burres held the Tides to three runs on six hits in six innings of work to improve his record to 5-4 on the season, while Norfolk starter Tim Bascom was strapped with his seventh loss of the year after allowing seven runs on nine hits in six innings of work.

    The victory improves the Indians’ record to 60-59 on the season. The Tribe are in third place in the International League West Division eight games behind division leader Columbus and they are seven and a half games behind Louisville in the wild-card race.

    The Indians conclude their four-game series against the Norfolk Tides on Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is expected to get the start for the Tribe, while RHP Rick VandenHurk is the probable starter for the Tides.

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