• Tribe’s Big Early Lead Disappears In Loss

    July 20, 2010 No comments

    A pair of four run innings to start the game weren’t enough as the Indianapolis Indians saw a 7 run lead after two innings disappear when the Lehigh Valley IronPigs rallied with 9 unanswered runs the rest of the way and defeated the Indians 10-8.

    Lehigh Valley got on the board first as John Mayberry’s RBI single plated the first run of the game but the Indians came back to plate four runs in the bottom half of the first as Jeff Clement knocked in a pair with a double to left and later came around to score on a Jim Negrych sacrifice fly. The Indians would tack on another run on a Jason Jaramillo RBI double.

    The Tribe picked up four more runs in the bottom of the second as they mirrored the production of the first inning. Clement knocked in two more runs with a double to left and Brandon Moss hit his thirteenth homer of the season. The Tribe held a 7-1 lead after two innings.

    That would be the end of the scoring for the Indians as they were shut out the rest of the way as they chased IronPigs starter Nate Bump. Bump surrendered 8 runs in just two innings of work but the four Lehigh Valley relievers that followed would pitch 7 scoreless innings of relief.

    Indianapolis still held an 8-7 lead going in to the top of the ninth inning but closer Jean Machi was unable to hold the lead as the IronPigs scored 3 runs on a Brian Babcock triple with the bases loaded.

    Antonio Bastardo came on in the bottom of the ninth to close it out for the IronPigs as he set down the Indians in order to earn his first save of the season.

    The loss overshadowed CF Alex Presley’s outstanding performance as he went five for five at the plate extending his hitting streak to eleven games. Moss also extended his own streak to 10 games.

    After IronPigs starter Bump left after two innings of work, Lehigh Valley relievers Joe Savery, Mike Zagurski, Michael Schwimer and Bastardo combined for seven scoreless innings of relief with Schwimer earning the victory to improve to 1-0.

    Indianapolis starter Dana Eveland did not figure in the final decision after allowing three runs on six hits over just 3.1 innings of work and Tribe closer Machi suffered the loss to fall to 5-3 on the season after surrendering three runs on three hits in the IronPigs’ ninth inning rally.
    The loss for Indianapolis drops their record to 50-47 on the season, while with the comeback victory for Lehigh Valley, their record now sits at 39-57.
    Indianapolis continues its four-game series with Lehigh Valley at Victory Field tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m. RHP Daniel McCutchen is expected to get the start for the Tribe, while LHP J.A. Happ is the probable starter for the IronPigs.

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