• Indians win in extra innings at Toledo 8-3

    August 29, 2011 No comments

    Indians All-Star first baseman Matt Hague hit a two-run double and third baseman Pedro Alvarez launched a two-run homer as part of a five-run extra-inning rally, while left fielder John Bowker recorded four hits to push Indianapolis past the Toledo Mud Hens 8-3 last night at Fifth Third Field.

    Entering the tenth inning tied at 3-3, the Indianapolis offense busted out for five runs to lead them to victory. 2B Jordy Mercer drew a lead-off walk and moved to second on Bowker’s single, while Hague followed with his two-run double to left to score both Mercer and Bowker.

    Hague then was plated when Alvarez blasted his fourth home run of the year to right center to extend the margin to four. DH Andy Marte kept the frame going with a double to center and advanced to third on RF Miles Durham’s base hit, before coming across on a force out to make it 8-3.

    Both offenses were held in check until the fourth, when the Indians struck first to take a 1-0 lead. SS Pedro Ciriaco led off the inning with a single and eventually came home when Bowker lifted a sacrifice fly to right.

    The lead would be short-lived however, as Toledo answered right back to two scores in the bottom half of the inning. LF Timo Perez began the rally with a double and moved to third on 1B Ryan Strieby’s base hit, prior to coming across on an RBI single from DH Scott Thorman. Consecutive groundouts then sent Strieby to third and eventually home, with the RBI groundout courtesy of CF Jeff Salazar giving Toledo a 2-1 advantage.

    The Indians however, grabbed back the lead in the sixth with a pair of scores to make it 3-2. CF Gorkys Hernandez drew a lead-off walk and was brought in when Ciriaco doubled to left to tie the contest, while Mercer followed with an RBI base knock to right that brought home Ciriaco.

    But the Mud Hens drew the contest even at 3-3 with a run in the seventh inning on a RBI single by Omir Santos. But the Mud Hens squandered an opportunity to take the lead, ending the inning with the bases loaded.

    Toledo reliever Robbie Weinhardt suffered the loss to fall to 1-4 after giving up five earned runs on five hits in his inning of work, while Indians LHP Justin Thomas earned the win to improve to 7-2 after allowing just one hit and fanning five in 2.2 shutout frames of relief.

    Both teams’ starters did not factor in the final decisions, with Tribe RHP Sean giving up three earned runs on seven hits in seven innings, while Toledo RHP Thad Weber allowed three earned runs on five hits in six innings.

    Indianapolis now continues their four-game road/home series with Toledo on Monday evening at 6:30 p.m. RHP Nelson Figuera is scheduled to get the nod for the Tribe, while LHP Fu-Te Ni is scheduled to take the mound for the Mud Hens.


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