• Tribe beats Yankees 5-4 to win 9 out of last 11

    May 23, 2011 No comments

    Indians left fielder Alex Presley amassed three run-scoring hits, including the eventual game-winning RBI triple in the seventh, while 3B Andy Marte blasted a two run home run to give Indianapolis a 5-4 victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Sunday afternoon at PNC Field.

    For the second day in a row, both teams plated runs in the opening frame, with Indianapolis striking first. SS Chase d’Arnaud singled to right and came home Presley’s first run-scoring base knock to right for the early 1-0 margin.

    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre immediately answered with a tally in the first thanks to a pair of doubles. SS Ramiro Pena recorded the first two-base hit to left before LF Justin Maxwell’s RBI two-bagger to left brought home Pena to even the score at 1-1.

    The Yankees would then take their first lead of the contest in the following inning as C Gustavo Molina hit an RBI single to left to put Scranton/Wilkes-Barre ahead 2-1.

    It was then the Tribe’s turn to answer back and even the scoreboard in the fourth inning courtesy again of Presley. Presley singled to center to send home Gorkys Hernandez and tie the game at 2-2.

    Then following two scoreless innings, the Indians struck for two runs with help from the long ball. After 1B Matt Hague drew a walk, Marte clubbed his fourth home run of the season to left to give the Tribe a 4-2 lead.

    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied back in the bottom half of the inning to even the game at 4-4. Pena began the frame with a walk before scoring on Maxwell’s fielder’s choice to cut the deficit to one. Maxwell then scored on 3B Kevin Russo’s triple down the right field line for the game’s third tie.

    The Tribe jumped back into the lead in the seventh with help once again from Presley. Harrison was hit by a pitch with two outs before scoring on Presley’s RBI triple down the right field line to push Indianapolis ahead 5-4.

    Indians LHP Justin Wilson earned the victory to improve to 5-3 after allowing four earned runs on ten hits, while striking out five in 6.1 innings. The duo of LHP Tony Watson and RHP Cesar Valdez combined for 2.2 innings of one-hit ball in relief, with Watson receiving his third hold of the year, and Valdez notching his first save.

    Yankees RHP Andrew Brackman did not factor in the decision after surrendering four earned runs on six hits in six frames, while RHP Ryan Pope suffered the loss to fall to 1-1 after giving up one earned run on one hit in his lone inning of relief.

    With the win the Tribe bumps up their record to 20-25 and was the Indians’ ninth win in their last 11 games.

    The Indians and Yankees will square off again tonight at 6:35 p.m.  RHP Brad Lincoln is scheduled to get the nod for the Indians, while RHP David Phelps is expected to start for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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