• Indians use the long ball to defeat IronPigs

    May 09, 2012 No comments

    Left fielder Gorkys Hernandez and first baseman Jeff Clement both went deep in support of Tribe starter Rudy Owens, who picked up his second win of the season as the Indianapolis Indians beat the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 7-2 on Tuesday night at Victory Field.

    Indianapolis would fall behind early as Lehigh Valley CF Scott Podsednik led off the game with a single and stole second base before coming around to score on 3B Hector Luna’s two-out, RBI double to give the IronPigs a 1-0 lead.

    Gorkys Hernandez promptly erased that deficit in the bottom half of the inning launching his first home run of the season to tie the game at 1-1.

    The IronPigs weren’t done quite yet, however, as back-to-back leadoff doubles from 2B Mike Fontenot and RF Derrick Mitchell in the top of the second gave Lehigh Valley a brief 2-1 lead. The Indians answered immediately for a second time as 2B Jordy Mercer scored on C Jose Morales’ RBI groundout, tying the game at 2-2.

    Owens wasn’t at his best on Tuesday night, allowing eight hits but he settled in shutting out Lehigh Valley over his final four innings en route to earning his second win of the season.

    Clement gave Owens the lead for good in the bottom of the fourth inning, launching his first home run of the season just inside the right field foul pole to put Indianapolis up 3-2.

    Not satisfied with the one-run lead, the Indians tacked on three more in the bottom of the sixth inning. After LF Jake Fox walked to lead off the inning, Mercer hit a one-out single to put runners on first and second with RF Brandon Boggs stepping up to the plate. Boggs smacked a two-run double to the right-center-field gap, plating Fox with Mercer on his heels.

    After his double made the score 5-2, Boggs came around the score on a single by Morales to give the Tribe a 6-2 lead.

    Indianapolis added a final run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the game its final tally on a RBI double by Mercer to make it 7-2 Indians.

    A trio of Tribe relievers helped nail down the victory, each tossing an inning of shutout baseball. RHP Daniel McCutchen and RHP Evan Meek each tossed a perfect inning while LHP Doug Slaten worked around two hits in the ninth inning to close out the ballgame and lower his season ERA to 0.57 in 10 appearances.

    The Indians’ fourth straight win improves them to 18-13 on the season while Lehigh Valley falls to 17-14. The two teams face off again on Wednesday afternoon, with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Indianapolis will likely send LHP Justin Wilson to the mound and the IronPigs are expected to counter with LHP Pat Misch.

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