• IronPigs shutout Indians

    May 16, 2012 No comments

    For the second time in three games, the Indianapolis offense was shut down as Lehigh Valley, behind starter Tyler Cloyd’s six stellar shutout innings, held the Indians to just three hits on Tuesday night in a 4-0 IronPigs win to open a four-game series at Coca-Cola Park.

    Cloyd was outstanding yet again, beating the Indians for the second time in less than a week and earning his fourth win in four Triple-A starts this season.

    All three of the Tribe’s hits came off of Cloyd, including leadoff doubles by C Jose Morales, in the third inning, and CF Starling Marte, in the fourth, but Indianapolis managed little else against the IronPigs hurler. In support of Cloyd, RHPs Tyson Brummett and Michael Schwimmer combined for three innings of perfect relief.

    LHP Jeff Locke took a second straight loss for Indianapolis and fell to 3-3 on the season. Locke was the victim of an unearned run in theĀ  third inning after IronPigs 3B Tim Kennelly reached on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score on CF Rich Thompson’s RBI double to center field.

    After another double led off the top of the fifth, Kennelly stepped to the plate and launched a two-run home run over the left-center-field fence to give Lehigh Valley a 3-0 lead.

    Lehigh Valley scored their fourth and final run of the game in the bottom of the eighth when SS Andres Blanco plated Thompson with a deep sac fly that sent Starling Marte all the way to the warning track while making a nice running catch.

    The Indians (22-15) and IronPigs (21-16) return to action tonight at Coca-Cola Park in game two of the series with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. The Tribe is expected to send RHP Daniel Cabrera to the mound, while Lehigh Valley will likely counter with RHP Scott Elarton.

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