• Indians record season highs in offense in route of Chiefs

    June 04, 2012 No comments

    The Indians recorded season-highs with 14 runs and 19 hits and posted two four-run innings en route to routing the Syracuse Chiefs 14-6 on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis.

    The Tribe was led early by 1B Jeff Larish, who went 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI in the game. The lefty-hitting Larish got the scoring started in the first inning with a two-out RBI single to drive in CF Starling Marte to give the Indians an early 1-0 lead.

    SS Chase d’Arnaud then extended that lead to 3-0 with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the second.

    Syracuse cut the Indianapolis lead to 3-2 in the top of the third inning on a two-out double by CF Corey Brown, who then scored on LF Erik Komatsu’s single. The Indians, however, never trailed in the game as Larish led off the bottom of the third with a single and immediately scored on a double by C Jose Morales, extending the Tribe’s lead to 4-2.

    Indianapolis then exploded for four runs in the fourth inning. After starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera, who picked up his second win, led off the inning with a walk, Presley launched a two-run home run over the right-field fence, his fifth since joining the Indians, giving the Tribe a 6-2 advantage.

    The longball chased Chiefs starter Mitch Atkins who failed to get an out in the fourth inning and was saddled with his fifth loss of the season. With RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx taking over, d’Arnaud doubled down the left-field line before Syracuse finally got the first out of the inning via a strikeout.

    Indianapolis wasn’t finished in the inning, however, as Larish plated d’Arnaud with his third single in three at bats. Anderson Hernandez eventually drove in Larish to give the Indians an 8-2 lead as the Tribe sent nine batters to the plate in the inning.

    Syracuse mounted a mini-comeback in the top of the sixth inning, scoring three runs to pull within 8-5 but Indians reliever Duke Welker recorded a strikeout to end the Chiefs rally.

    Indianapolis scored a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning on a RBI double off the right-field wall by PH Jake Fox.Starling Marte then hit a two-out single to center field to score Fox, making it 11-5 in favor of the Indians.

    The Tribe then exploded for another four-run inning in the bottom of the eighth highlighted by d’Arnaud’s three-run double on a flyball to left. The two-bagger made it 14-5 Indians and was the 19th hit of the game for Indianapolis, giving the Tribe season-highs in both categories.

    RHP Tim Wood tossed a scoreless eighth and LHP Kris Johnson gave up one unearned run in the ninth to close out the victory for the Tribe.

    The Indians are now 10 games above .500 at 33-23 and will at least maintain their 5.5 game lead over Toledo for first place in the IL West, while Syracuse falls to 26-30 with the defeat.

    The teams will close out their four-game series on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. when the Indians also wrap up their eight-game homestand. Indianapolis is expected to send LHP Rudy Owens (3-2, 2.30 ERA) to the mound while the Chiefs are likely to counter with former Indians LHP Zach Duke (6-2, 3.97 ERA).

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