• Locke strikes out 6 Bats in 5-3 Tribe win

    April 25, 2012 No comments

    Tribe starting pitcher Jeff Locke struck out six over six innings of one-run ball while third baseman Matt Hague and first baseman Nick Evans combined for five RBI, highlighted by a two-run home run by Evans, as the Indianapolis Indians took down the Louisville Bats 5-3 last night at Victory Field.

    Locke earned his second win in as many starts to improve his season record to 2-1.  With his six strikeouts, the southpaw starter has now struck out 13 batters over his last 12 innings, while walking just three in that same span.

    Locke not only locked down the Louisville offense, but also began the Tribe’s three-run third inning rally with a one-out single. CF Starling Marte followed Locke’s base hit with a single of his own before 2B Brian Friday was then hit by a pitch to load the bases for 3B Matt Hague.

    The Indians 2011 MVP came through with a clutch two-run base knock that gave Indianapolis the game’s first lead at 2-0 and moved Friday to third. Friday would trot home one batter later when Evans lifted a sacrifice fly to right to extend the Tribe’s advantage to 3-0.

    After the Bats got a run back in the fifth on an RBI base hit from 2B Kristopher Negron, Evans quickly responded by blasting a two-run two-out long ball in the home half of the inning to push the Tribe’s lead to 5-1.

    Louisville made things interesting with single runs in the seventh and the eighth and put together a threat in the ninth but were turned away.

    Doug Slaten earned his third hold of the season and extended his scoreless inning to 9.2 innings, while Jose Diaz needed just one pitch to pick up his first save of the season.

    Louisville starter Andrew Brackman allowed all five Tribe runs and was pinned with the loss to fall to 1-3 on the season

    The Indians and Bats wrap up their five-game home-and-home series in a game that started this morning at 11:05 a.m. Major league veteran Brett Tomko took the mound for Louisville, while the Indians sent LHP Kris Johnson.

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