• Louisville Uses Longball to Beat Tribe 5-2

    April 15, 2011 No comments

    Louisville center fielder Kristopher Negron, left fielder Dave Sappelt and third baseman Todd Frazier each hit long balls for the Bats as Louisville won their 7th game in a row with a 5-2 victory over the Indianapolis Indians last night at Victory Field.

    For the eighth straight contest to begin the season, the Indians allowed their opponent to score first, when Negron launched a two-out solo home run to left in the fifth to put Louisville up 1-0.

    Louisville then broke the game open in the sixth as they collected their second and third round trippers of the night, courtesy of Sappelt’s solo shot to right center and Frazier’s two run blast to left to give the Bats a 4-1 lead. Sappelt’s homer was his second in as many nights against the Tribe.

    Indianapolis starting pitcher Justin Wilson helped his own cause in the fifth inning with an RBI double off the left field wall to score 2B Pedro Ciriaco, who reached earlier on a fielder’s choice. The two-bagger, which came on the ninth pitch of Wilson’s at bat, tied the game at 1-1.

    Indianapolis C Dusty Brown smacked an RBI double in the seventh inning to score 3B Josh Harrison from second to cut the deficit to 4-2. Harrison reached base three times, drawing a second inning walk and collecting two singles, while being robbed of a third base hit in the ninth on a sliding grab by Louisville RF Michael Griffin.

    The Bats would tack on an insurance run in the final frame after 2B Chris Valaika led off with a single, took second and third on wild pitches, and came plateward on pinch hitter Jeremy Hermida’s fielder’s choice.

    Bats RHP Chad Reineke earned the victory over the Tribe after allowing just two earned runs on six hits in 6.2 innings, while Wilson suffered the loss after giving up four earned runs and six hits in six innings of work.

    Louisville’s Daniel Ray Herrera pitched 1.1 perfect innings while Carlos Fisher pitched a scoreless ninth to notch his third save of the season. Left hander Dan Meyer, RHP Cesar Valdez and LHP Tony Watson combined for 2.2 perfect innings of relief for Indianapolis.

    The Indians finish their three game series and look to avoid being swept by the Bats tonight with a 7:15 p.m. first pitch at Victory Field. LHP Dontrelle Willis is scheduled to start the series finale for Louisville, while Indianapolis RHP Brad Lincoln is expected to take the mound for the Tribe.

     

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