• Tribe beats Mud Hens 2-1

    August 27, 2010 No comments

    Starting pitcher Chris Jakubauskas held the Mud Hens’ offense to one run on three hits in his first Triple-A start since April 17 and the Indianapolis Indians’ pitching staff combined to retire 20 of the game’s final 22 batters as the Tribe earned a 2-1 victory over Toledo in a contest that lasted only two hours and five minutes on Thursday night at Victory Field.

    After giving up Toledo’s first run of the contest with no one out in the top of the third inning, Jakubauskas settled down to retire the final nine batters of his five-inning outing to earn his first victory of the season.

    In relief of Jakubauskas right-handers Brian Bass and Steven Jackson combined to set down all nine batters they faced before Toledo eventually broke up a string of 18 consecutive outs with an infield single to lead off the top of the ninth inning

    Tribe closer Jean Machi entered the contest in the top of the ninth inning and allowed a lead-off infield single to break up the Tribe’s string of 18 consecutive retired hitters and a two-out triple put the Tribe’s lead in jeopardy, but Machi bore down to retire DH Max Leon and escape the jam with his 20th save of the season.

    The game was scoreless until the top of the third inning when the Mud Hens scratched across their only run of the contest to take an early 1-0 lead on a RBI single by RF Justin Henry.

    Toledo carried its one-run advantage into the bottom of the fifth inning before the Indianapolis offense plated two runs in the frame to take the decisive 2-1 lead. RF John Bowker opened the inning with a triple to left-center field and trotted home to tie the contest at 1-1 one batter later on an RBI groundout by C Jason Jaramillo.

    The Tribe then took the lead when SS Pedro Ciriaco, who singled to center, moved to second on a wild pitch and later stole third, touched home on what proved to be the game-winning RBI single off the bat of LF Kevin Melillo.

    In the first start of his Triple-A career, Toledo RHP Thad Weber struck out eight Tribe batters, but was saddled with the loss after allowing only two runs on five hits in seven innings. Mud Hens’ reliever Scot Drucker worked a scoreless eighth inning to keep Toledo within striking distance, but the Tribe pitching staff closed the door on the Hens to earn the 2-1 win.

    The Indians conclude their brief two-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens on tonight at 7:15 p.m. RHP Joe Martinez is the anticipated starter for the Tribe, while LHP Ryan Ketchner is expected to get the call for Toledo.

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