• IronPigs Complete Sweep of Tribe

    July 23, 2010 No comments

    Lehigh Valley used four pitchers to strike out an Indians’ opponent season-high
    16 batters with former Tribe starter Brandon Duckworth fanning 11 and holding
    Indianapolis to just two runs on three hits over 5.2 innings to lead the IronPigs to a 3-2
    victory and a four-game series sweep.

    The IronPigs jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead with two runs in the first inning but the
    Indians quickly cut that lead in half as Kevin Mellilo scored on an Alex Presley ground
    out in their half of the inning.

    Second baseman Akinori Iwamura then evened the score when he blasted a home run
    to straight away center field with two outs in the third inning. The longball for Iwamura
    was his second in an Indians’ uniform this season and first at Victory Field.

    However, Lehigh Valley RF John Mayberry Jr. would single-handedly push the IronPigs
    ahead with a single run in the top of the fifth. After lining a one-out double to left,
    Mayberry stole third and then scored what turned out to be the game-winning tally when
    he trotted home on an Indians’ wild pitch.

    Duckworth 11 strikeouts helped him to earn the victory and improve to 5-3 on the
    season. Following Duckworth’s dominant outing, the IronPigs’ bullpen was even more
    untouchable as Michael Stutes, Antonio Bastardo and Scott Mathieson combined for
    3.1 innings of perfect relief with Stutes and Bastardo each earning their third hold of the
    season while Mathieson notched his team-best 19th save.

    Tribe starter Charlie Morton suffered the loss to fall to 2-4 on the season despite
    allowing just three runs and scattering seven hits over six innings of work. The Indians’
    bullpen was a bright spot on the evening as Brian Bass allowed just one hit and struck
    out four over two innings of scoreless work and Wil Ledezma struck out two in a perfect
    ninth to lower his ERA to a miniscule 0.96 .

    The loss for Indianapolis drops their record to an even 50-50 on the season and drops
    them in to a tie with the Louisville Bats for second place in the International League
    West division 9-1/2 games behind Columbus.

    The Tribe now begin a four-game series with the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate
    of the Chicago White Sox tonight at Victory Field with a first pitch scheduled for 7:15
    p.m. RHP Mike Crotta is expected to get the call for the Indians, while RHP Brandon
    Hynick is the probable starter for the Knights.

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