• Indians Drop to Tides in Eleven

    August 13, 2010 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians’ pitching staff struck out 13 batters and allowed just two runs in 11 innings of work, but was out-dueled by four Norfolk hurlers, who held the Tribe to just one run on three hits as the Tides earned a 2-1 victory following a run-scoring wild pitch with two outs in the 11th inning on Thursday night at Victory Field.

    In a game that featured several run-saving defensive stops in the early stages, Indianapolis opened the scoring with a single run in the home half of the third inning. After SS Pedro Ciriaco and 2B Brian Friday collected back-to-back singles to put runners at first and third with one out in the frame, LF Kevin Melillo smacked the Tribe’s third consecutive base knock to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead.

    The score held at 1-0 in the Tribe’s favor until the Tides evened the contest at 1-1 with a solo score in the top half of the sixth inning.

    Norfolk plated the winning run in the 11th when 2B Paco Figueroa scored on a Jean Machi wild pitch.

    Tides’ RHP Rick VandenHurk didn’t figure in the game’s final decision, but the Norfolk right-hander limited the Tribe to just one run on three hits in eight innings of dominant work. Out of the Norfolk bullpen, Tides’ reliever Frank Mata earned his third win of the season after working a perfect 10th inning, while RHP Dennis Sarfate tallied his 15th save of the season with a scoreless bottom of the 11th frame.

    Indians’ starter Brad Lincoln worked in and out of trouble throughout the contest but held the Tides hitless in nine opportunities with runners in scoring position en route to five scoreless innings of work. The Texas native worked out of a bases loaded jam with no outs in the top of the second, before he later successfully held Norfolk scoreless after the Tides put runners at the corners with no one out in the third.
    Despite giving up the game-winning run in the 11th inning, the Indianapolis bullpen limited the Norfolk offense to two runs on six hits in six innings of work. Machi was strapped with his fourth loss the season, while LHP Dana and RHP Brian Bass each tossed multiple innings of relief for the Tribe.

    The loss drops the Indians’ record back to the .500 mark at 60-60 on the season, while the victory improves the Tides’ mark to 55-65 on the year. The defeat also closes out Indianapolis’ record against Norfolk at 3-5 on the season after the Tides split the two-game series at Victory Field after taking three of four contests against the Tribe at Harbor Park earlier this season.

    The Indians now begin a four-game series against the Syracuse Chiefs tonight at 7:15 p.m. RHP Charlie Morton is expected to get the start for the Tribe, while LHP Matt Chico is the probable starter for the Chiefs.

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