• Indians Top Red Wings

    July 19, 2010 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians concluded a 4 game series in Rochester yesterday with a 4-3 win over the Red Wings earning the Tribe a split of the 4 game series.

    The Tribe lost the first two games of the series before coming back and winning the final two games over the weekend to earn the split.
    Indians right fielder Jonathan Van Every doubled home the game-winning run in the top half of the eighth inning and three Indianapolis Indians relievers combined for four scoreless innings of work to lead the Tribe to the 4-3 victory.

    Rochester scored first as they scored twice in the bottom of the third inning but Indianapolis responded with two runs of its own in the top half of the next inning to tie the score at 2-2 in the fourth. CF Alex Presley started the inning with a triple to deep center field and was plated one batter later on Van Every’s seventh home run of the season.

    The Tribe took their first lead of the contest at 3-2 with a single run in the top half of the fifth inning. With one out in the frame, 2B Jim Negrych singled home DH Brandon Moss, who had recorded his team-leading 20th double of the season one batter earlier, to give the Indians the one-run advantage.

    Rochester would tie the game in the bottom of the 6th inning setting up Van Every’s game winning RBI double in the top of the eighth.
    Neither starting pitcher figured in the final decision, as Indians’ Mike Crotta allowed three runs on eight hits in five innings of work, while Red Wings’ Ryan Mullins held the Indians scoreless over two innings of work before being removed from the game in the top of the third inning.

    While Presley and Moss each extended their hitting streaks, Van Every, who also upped his own hitting streak to six games, provided the offensive spark on the afternoon with three of the four Indians’ RBI.

    Tribe reliever Steven Jackson earned his second win of the year with two scoreless innings of work, before Jean Machi recorded his 13th save of the season to seal the victory for the Indians. Red Wings’ reliever Kyle Waldrop was tagged with his third loss of the season after giving up Van Every’s run-scoring double in the eighth.

    The win improves Indianapolis’ record to 50-46 on the season. The Tribe is in second place in the International League West Division 7-1/7 games behind the division leading Columbus Clippers. The loss drops Rochester to 35-61 on the year. The victory also gives the Indians the final 5-3 edge in the two teams’ head-to-head season series.

    Indianapolis now heads home to Victory Field for an eight-game homestand starting with a four-game set against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on tonight at 7:00 p.m. LHP Dana Eveland is expected to get the start for the Tribe, while RHP Nate Bump is the probable starter for the IronPigs.

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