• Indians top Braves 4-3 in 10 innings

    August 03, 2011 No comments

    Indianapolis shortstop Jordy Mercer, along with catcher Ryan Doumit and center fielder Gorkys Hernandez all recorded two hits, while All-Star third baseman Matt Hague drove in two runs to push the Indians to a 4-3 ten-inning win over the Gwinnett Braves last night at Coolray Field.

    After the Braves forced extra innings by scoring in the bottom of the ninth, Indianapolis responded by scoring the eventual winning run in the tenth. LF John Bowker began the inning with a walk and moved from first to third on Doumit’s single, before coming plateward on a force out.

    Gwinnett had been held hitless until the fourth, when they would plate the contest’s first run. RF Stefan Gartrell and 3B Brandon Hicks each drew a free pass, before Gartrell scored on LF Wilkin Ramirez’s RBI infield single to take a 1-0 advantage.

    The lead did not last long however, as Indianapolis answered with two scores in the following frame. RF Miles Durham began the rally with a double, before he was sent in on an RBI single by Hernandez to tie the game. One batter later, Hernandez scored on Mercer’s RBI double to move the Tribe ahead 2-1.

    The Indians would increase their lead to two in the eighth. Mercer led off with a single, before 2B Josh Harrison reached on an error and Doumit walked to load the bases for Hague. The infielder would bring home Mercer by drawing a base-on-balls to push the margin to 3-1.

    Gwinnett however, narrowed the deficit back to one in their half of the inning. CF Matt Young started the inning with a walk and two batters later came home on 1B Mauro Gomez’s RBI single to center.

    The Braves then sent the game to extra innings with a run in the ninth. Ramirez began the game-tying rally with a double and took third on a wild pitch, before coming across on a passed ball to draw the contest even at 3-3.

    Despite good outings, neither team’s starter figured in the final decisions. Indians LHP Garrett Olson gave up just a lone earned run on only two hits in his 5.1 innings, while Braves RHP Todd Redmond allowed just two earned runs on six hits, in addition to seven strikeouts, in seven frames.

    Tribe relievers Jared Hughes and Tim Wood each fired 2.1 innings of relief in support of Olson, combining for four hits and one earned run with Wood earning the victory to improve to 2-0, while suffering his third blown save of 2011.

    Gwinnett relief pitcher Jairo Asencio was pinned with the loss to fall to 2-2, after surrendering an earned run on two hits in his two innings of work.

    Indianapolis has the day off Wednesday, before returning to action on Thursday evening at 7:05 p.m. to begin a four-game homestand against the Toledo Mud Hens. RHP Ross Ohlendorf, who is with Indianapolis on a Major League Rehab Assignment, is expected to get the start for the Indians Thursday night, while the Mud Hens are scheduled to send LHP Fu-Te Ni to the hill.



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