• Indians win in 9th against Clippers 3-2

    August 26, 2011 No comments

    Despite Tribe hitters recording just one hit through the first seven innings, Indianapolis catcher Eric Fryer came through with a clutch two-out two-run walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Indians a dramatic 3-2 comeback victory over the Columbus Clippers last night at Victory Field.

    After entering the ninth trailing 2-1, Indians RF John Bowker led off the inning by reaching on a key defensive miscue from Columbus 1B Nick Johnson. Then after Bowker was forced when 1B Matt Hague reached on a fielder’s choice, DH Jeff Clement doubled to put runners on second and third and set the stage for Fryer.

    The Indians’ backstop came through in the clutch as he lined a single over the glove of Columbus 2B Argenis Reyes into right center to stun Columbus by plating Hague and Clement for the win.

    Columbus starter Joe Martinez quieted the Tribe’s bats for a large majority of the contest, but did not receive a decision despite yielding just one earned run on four hits in 7.1 innings pitched. The right-hander at one point retired 17 consecutive Indians hitters, while also giving up just one hit through seven innings, a single from 2B Jordy Mercer in the first.

    Fryer also ended the drought with a base hit in the eighth to trigger Indianapolis’ first scoring rally and later scored on CF Gorkys Hernandez’s RBI single to narrow the margin to 2-1.

    Columbus struck first in the fourth inning with a single score to make it 1-0 when RF Chad Huffman scored on a squeeze play to give the Clippers the lead.

    Reyes would also double Columbus’ margin to two all on his own in the seventh frame, with a home run to right center.

    The Clippers had plenty of other chances to score, however the Tribe turned key double plays in the fifth, sixth and eight innings to erase potential runs.

    Indians starter Jeff Locke was in line for the loss before Fryer’s clutch hit, but ultimately received a no-decision after giving up a lone earned run on eight hits over five innings. RHP Aaron Heilman earned the win after firing 0.1 innings of relief.

    Columbus reliever Nick Hagadone suffered the loss, as well as his second blown save of the year, to fall to 4-3 after yielding two unearned runs on two hits in the final 0.2 of an inning.

    Indianapolis and Columbus now travel to Columbus for a two-game series, which begins tonight at 7:05 p.m. RHP Corey Kluber is scheduled to get the nod for the Clippers, while the Indians have yet to announce their starter.

     

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