• Indians Club Bats 10-4

    April 19, 2011 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians offense broke out in a big way yesterday as every Tribe position player reached base at least once with shortstop Pedro Ciriaco collecting a game-high three base knocks, including a three-run home run and catcher Jason Jaramillo matched Ciriaco with three RBI of his own as the Indianapolis Indians took down the Louisville Bats 10-4 last night at Louisville Slugger Field.

    The Indians offense had three scoring rallies of at least three runs on their way to the victory. Several Tribe batters posted impressive numbers as four collected multiple hits, four scored multiple runs and two drove in three runs.

    Perhaps the most impressive effort was by Ciriaco, who entered the contest hitless in each of his last seven games and mired in the midst of an 0-for-19 slump, but broke through with a season high three base knocks. Ciriaco roped singles in the third and sixth before connecting on the key hit of the game when he launched what turned out to be the game-winning three-run home run in the eighth.

    Jaramillo also turned in an excellent night at the plate for the Indians in his first start since being optioned from Pittsburgh. The switch hitting catcher drove in three runs with a two-run double in the fourth and RBI groundout in the eighth. Jaramillo’s two-run double came after 2B Chase d’Arnaud scored the first run of the game when he led off the fourth with a line drive single to center and eventually came around to score on a Louisville error.

    After the Indians jumped out to the early 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth, the Bats quickly responded with a run in the bottom of the fourth and two more in the fifth to even the score at 3-3.

    However, the Indians would not be denied on this night as the offense exploded for seven runs over the final two frames to take home a 10-4 victory.

    Ciriaco, Corey Wimberly, Matt Hague and Andrew Lambo all posted multi-hit efforts for the Tribe while Ciriaco and Jaramillo each drove in a game high three runs.

    Neither starter figured in the decision despite Tribe RHP Sean Gallagher striking out seven over six innings of solid work and Bats RHP Scott Carroll allowed just three unearned runs on seven hits over seven frames. Indians reliever Chris Leroux earned the victory to improve to 1-0 on the season, while Louisville reliever Matt Klinker suffered the loss to fall to 2-1 after surrendering seven runs in just two innings of work.

    Indianapolis now heads to Toledo to take on the Mud Hens in a four game series beginning tonight at 6:30 p.m. LHP Justin Wilson is expected to get the start for the Tribe, while RHP Thad Weber is the probable starter for the Mud Hens.

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