• Pitching and defense leads Tribe over Tides

    May 03, 2012 No comments

    Left fielder Gorkys Hernandez gunned down former Tribe infielder Bill Hall at the plate to end a key rally in the fifth, while reliever Bryan Morris tossed 3.2 scoreless innings of relief to help lead the Indianapolis Indians over the Norfolk Tides 3-1 on Wednesday night at Harbor Park.

    The Norfolk Tides got off to a quick start when LF Jamie Hoffmann homered off Indians starter Jo-Jo Reyes with two outs in the first inning.  However, thanks to some excellent defense and clutch pitching, that would be all scoring that Norfolk would manage in the contest.

    Reyes scattered nine hits over five innings and was helped out with some excellent defense to come away with the victory to improve to 4-0 on the season.

    The Tides would be shut down for three straight innings as Morris sat down nine straight Norfolk hitters from the 6th-8th innings.  Morris would also strike out the first batter he saw in the ninth inning before RF Jai Miller singled to break up his perfect streak.

    Morris induced a groundout from 2B Matt Antonelli following the Miller base hit, before closer Doug Slaten came on to get the final out for his team-leading fourth save of the season. 

    Thanks to the excellent defense and work from the bullpen, the Indians would get all the runs they would need with a two-run rally in the third. C Eric Fryer led off the frame with a double to center, before quickly coming plateward when Gorkys Hernandez followed with a two-bagger of his own.

    3B Matt Hague then plated what turned out to be the game-winning tally, when he lined a two-out base knock to left to bring home Hernandez. The Tribe tacked on an insurance run in the top of the ninth when 1B Jake Fox singled and was replaced by pinch runner Miles Durham, who would quickly speed plateward on a double from DH Jeff Clement.

    Despite allowing just two runs over eight solid innings of work, former Indians LHP Dana Eveland was the tough luck loser for Norfolk as he dropped to 2-2 despite an excellent 2.56 ERA.

    The Indians and Tides continue their four-game series on Thursday night at 7:15 p.m. LHP Rudy Owens is expected to take the mound for Indianapolis, while Norfolk is scheduled to counter with Major League veteran RHP Joel Pineiro.

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