• Pair of 10th inning homers leads Tribe to 5-3 win over Bats

    July 11, 2011 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians used a pair of longballs by Miles Durham and John Bowker in the tenth inning to defeat the Louisville Bats 5-3 yesterday afternoon at Victory Field and head in to the All-Star break with a record of 47-45. The Tribe are three and a half games out for a wild card spot.

    Louisville struck first against Tribe starter Garrett Olson when Jeremy Hermida blasted a two run shot to left field in the third inning to give the Bats an early 2-0 lead.

    Indianapolis would mark the board for the first time in the bottom of the fifth inning off of Bats starter Edison Volquez when Corey Wimberly smacked a RBI single to left scoring Anthony Norman to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.

    The Indians evened the score at two in the bottom of the eighth inning when Jordy Mercer hit his second home run of the season off of Louisville reliever Chad Reineke who replaced Volquez in the seventh.

    Indians closer Tim Wood entered the game in the top of the ninth setting the Bats down in order while Reineke did likewise to the Tribe to set up a wild tenth inning.

    Pinch hitter Daniel Dorn led off the inning with a walk for the Bats before moving to second on a Corky Miller sacrifice bunt. Dorn scored the go ahead run when Chris Valaika singled up the middle to give Louisville their second lead of the game at 3-2 heading in to the bottom of the tenth.

    Louisville manager Rick Sweet brought in right hander Brad Boxberger to try and lock it down for Reineke and earn his second save of the season. The effort wouldn’t last long as Durham led off the tenth with a game tying shot over the left field wall to knot it up at three. Boxberger would gather himself together to strike out the next Indians batter but followed by walking Mercer to put the winning run at first base and bring the Tribe’s leading RBI and home run hitter Bowker to the plate.

    Bowker found himself in a hole but took Boxberger’s 1-2 offering and deposited it in right field for the game winning home run. It was Bowker’s ninth home run of the season and RBI numbers 49 and 50.

    Boxberger suffered the loss to fall to 0-1 on the season. Bats starter Volquez gave up only one run on two hits in his six innings of work though he did walk four.

    Olson lasted only four and two thirds innings in the no decision giving up two runs on four hits and walking five. The Tribe bullpen was excellent once again as Michael Crotta, Jared Hughes and Steven Jackson pitched a combined three and a third innings of scoreless relief before passing the ball to Wood as he picked up his first victory of the season against zero losses.

    The Indians will have the next three days off for the Triple-A All-Star Game festivities. Infielder Matt Hague and manager Dean Treanor will represent Indianapolis for the game on Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Utah. The game will be broadcast live at 9:00 on MLB Network.

    The Tribe’s next contest will be at Columbus this Thursday at 7:05 p.m. as part of a four-game series against the Clippers. Indianapolis’ next homestand begins on Monday July 18, with Charlotte and Rochester on the docket for the eight-game home stretch.

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