• Record shutout propels Tribe over Red Wings

    June 12, 2012 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians recorded the largest ever shutout at Victory Field with a 16-0 victory over the Rochester Red Wings on Monday night, highlighted by 12 different Indians batters scoring at least one run and starting pitcher Justin Wilson tossing seven scoreless innings.

    Overshadowed by the offensive explosion was Wilson who dominated on the mound, holding the Red Wings to just four hits while striking out six over seven shutout innings to earn the victory and improve to 5-4 on the season.

    However, the story of the night was the Tribe offense, which exploded for a season-high 16 runs on 17 hits, including six-run rallies in both the second and seventh innings.  The Indians spread the wealth as 12 different Indians batters scored at least one run, 11 collected at least one hit and eight drove in at least one run.

    The Tribe offense gave Wilson all the support he would need early on with six scores in the bottom of the second. 

    The Indians were not finished, however, as they tacked on single scores in the third and fifth and two in the sixth to further their advantage to 10-0.

    However, the offensive outburst for the Tribe still would not end in the sixth as they plated six more scores in the bottom of the seventh to extend the Indians advantage to an amazing 16-0.

    Every Rochester hurler surrendered at least one run with starter Matt Maloney suffering the loss to fall to 0-2 on the season.  Tribe reliever Evan Meek finished out the shutout for the Tribe with two hitless frames of work.

    After the blow-out victory, the Indians are now 37-27 on the season and hold a 7.0-game lead in the IL West Division as the second place Columbus Clippers fell to the Charlotte Knights 4-2. The Tribe and Red Wings will now wrap up their four-game series on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. Indianapolis expects to send RHP Rick VandenHurk (3-0, 1.46) to the mound while Rochester is expected to counter with RHP Samuel Deduno (0-1, 3.94).

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