• Indians sweep Mud Hens with 6-2 win

    September 01, 2011 No comments

    Starter Jeff Locke struck out eight and allowed just one run over seven strong innings, while second baseman Jordy Mercer drove in three and homered for the third straight game to help the Indianapolis Indians sweep away the Toledo Mud Hens with a 6-2 win yesterday afternoon at Victory Field.

    Locke was brilliant on the afternoon, allowing just a single run over seven innings to earn his first career Triple-A victory and improve his record to 1-1 on the season.

    While Locke locked down Toledo, the Indians’ offense, led by Mercer, mashed their way to six runs on nine hits, including a four-run outburst in the bottom of the third. Pedro Ciriaco stepped up to the plate with the bases loaded and in a rare show of patience for the free swinging Ciriaco, who entered the game with just four walks over 265 at-bats, the Indians left fielder induced a bases loaded base on balls to force in the first run of the game.

    Then after SS Brian Bocock plated another run with a sacrifice fly to center, Mercer stepped to plate looking to put the game out of reach. The Triple-A rookie came through with a clutch two run single to center push the Tribe advantage to 4-0.

    The Mud Hens then put their tally off Locke on the board in the top half of the fourth when 3B Danny Worth singled home LF Andy Dirks, who led off the frame with a double. However, Ciriaco would quickly give the Indians their score back, when he singled home DH Andy Marte in the bottom half of the fifth to extend the Tribe advantage back to four at 5-1.

    Mercer tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth when he blasted a leadoff home run, his third homer in as many days.

    The Indians bullpen continued to turn in strong efforts as LHP Garrett Olson and LHP Daniel Moskos finished off the contest with two solid innings of relief. On the other side, Mud Hens starter Adam Wilk was pinned with the loss to fall to 8-6 on the season after surrendering four runs on four hits over just 2.1 innings of work.

    After an off day on today, Indianapolis begins the final home series of the season with a match up against Louisville on Friday night at 7:15 p.m. The Bats are expected to send RHP Edinson Volquez to the mound, while the Indians have yet to name a starter

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