• Tribe beats Bats on wild pitch

    May 07, 2012 No comments

    Starting pitcher Daniel Cabrera threw seven impressive innings but the Indianapolis Indians couldn’t make an early lead stand up and had to rally late, taking an eighth-inning lead when Brandon Boggs scored on a wild pitch, before eventually beating the Louisville Bats 4-2 on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field.

    The game was tied 2-2 when the Indians came up in the bottom of the eighth inning. Boggs drew a leadoff walk and moved to second with no outs when LF-CF Gorkys Hernandez drew a four-pitch walk. 3B Matt Hague then laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners to second and third with 1B Jake Fox coming up to the plate.

    Louisville planned to intentionally walk Fox to load the bases but RHP Josh Judy short-hopped C Brian Peacock with the first intentional pitch of the at bat. Peacock attempted to block the ball but it scooted just far enough away that Boggs was able to race home from third to score what proved to be the game-winning run.

    At that point, the Bats elected to pitch to Fox and the veteran made them pay, crushing a single to left field that drove in Hernandez, giving the game its final 4-2 score. Indians RHP Bryan Morris picked up the win in relief of Cabrera and LHP Doug Slaten picked up a one-out save his fifth of the year.

     Indianapolis had jumped out to a quick lead in the bottom of the first inning after Hernandez reached on a one-out single to right-center and scored when Hague swatted a ball down the left-field line for an RBI double. Then after a flyout, SS Jordy Mercer hit an RBI double of his own to score Hague and give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

    The Bats chipped away at that deficit with a run in top of the fourth when Chris Valaika scored on a sacrifice fly to cut the Tribe’s lead to 2-1. Louisville then tied the game in the top of the sixth when SS Kristopher Negron hit a leadoff double and stole third base before scoring on Valaika’s RBI single, tying the game at 2-2.

    Cabrera was impressive in only his second start for the Indians but was saddled with his second straight no decision. Also taking a no decision was Louisville starter Brett Tomko who settled down after that two-run first inning, allowing only one other hit during the rest of his outing. Judy took the loss, his second of the year.

    The Indians continue their longest homestand of the season tonight when they welcome Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg and the Lehigh Valley IronPigs to Victory Field for a four-game non-divisional series. Indianapolis is expected the throw LHP Jo-Jo Reyes while Lehigh Valley will likely counter with RHP Dave Bush. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

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