• Indians Outlast Louisville 7-5

    September 03, 2010 No comments

    A four-run fourth inning, sparked by a two-out, three-run home run by left fielder Kevin Melillo and an RBI double by center fielder Alex Presley gave the Indianapolis Indians an early 5-4 lead, before Presley later came through with a clutch two-out, run-scoring triple in the sixth to propel the Tribe to a 7-5 victory over the Louisville Bats on Thursday night at Victory Field.

    With the score tied at 5-5 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, Presley lined his sixth triple of the season off the 405-foot marker in deep center field to plate Akinori Iwamura and give Indianapolis a lead they would never relinquish at 6-5.

    Before Presley’s two-out, run-scoring triple gave Indianapolis the lead for good, the Bats jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage just three batters into the top half of the first inning. After a leadoff single followed by a double, Danny Dorn hit his 13th home run of the year to give Louisville a quick three-run cushion.

    Indianapolis responded with a tally of its own in bottom of the first inning when RF Brandon Moss lined a one-out RBI single to right field to cut Louisville’s lead to 3-1.

    After the Bats reclaimed their three-run cushion when Dorn collected his fourth RBI of the contest with a two-out, run-scoring single in the second, the Tribe struck for four, two-out runs in the fourth to take their first advantage of the game at 5-4.

    Despite allowing four runs on seven hits in four innings of work, Indians’ LHP Dana Eveland struck out a season-high nine batters. In relief of Eveland, LHP Justin Thomas ¬†earned his fifth win of the season after logging two strong innings, while Steven Jackson collected his ninth hold of the year before RHP Jean Machi escaped a ninth inning jam to earn his 21st save.

    Louisville starter Chad Reineke  was strapped with his ninth loss of the season after he allowed six runs on eight hits in six innings of work.

    Indianapolis continues its final home series of the season against the Louisville Bats on Friday, September 3 at 7:15 p.m. RHP Mike Crotta is expected to get the start for the Tribe, while LHP Tom Cochran is the probable starter for the Bats.

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