• Tribe blanks Iron Pigs 2-0

    June 22, 2011 No comments

    Indianapolis starter Sean Gallagher combined with four Tribe relievers to shut down the IronPigs offense, while center fielder Gorkys Hernandez was responsible for both runs and made a pair of great defensive plays to lead the Indians to a 2-0 shutout victory over Lehigh Valley on Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Park.

    Gallagher earned the win to bump up his record to 2-8 this year after allowing just two hits in five scoreless innings, while also adding five strikeouts. The right-hander faced trouble in the second and third innings when the IronPigs loaded the bases with two outs in each frame, but Gallagher ended both threats with strikeouts to escape without any damage.

    Relief pitchers Michael Crotta, Donnie Veal, Chris Leroux and Jose Ascanio supported Gallagher by firing a scoreless frame each to seal the victory for the Tribe with Ascanio closing it out in the ninth by striking out the side to notch his first save of the year.

    Strong defense also played a key part in the contest for the Tribe, with Hernandez making a pair of spectacular grabs in center, while second baseman Brian Friday saved a run with a web gem of his own. With the then-tying run at on-base with two outs in the seventh, Friday made a running grab on a pop up behind first base to close the inning and save a run.

    Hernandez and Friday also highlighted the team’s offense in the third inning, giving the Indians the only run they would need. Hernandez led off with a single and then went from first to third on a sacrifice bunt before Friday brought him in with a RBI single to center to give Indianapolis a 1-0 advantage.

    The score remained the same until the ninth, when 1B Matt Hague led off the frame with a single and came home on Hernandez’s RBI double to right to add an additional insurance run.

    Lehigh Valley starting pitcher and former Indians hurler Brian Bass suffered the loss despite relinquishing just one earned run on only four hits in his seven innings of work. The third inning was the lone blemish for Bass, who gave up just one hit from that point forward.

    The Indians continue their four-game set with the IronPigs on tonight at 7:05 p.m. Indianapolis is expected to start LHP Rudy Owens, while Lehigh Valley is scheduled to counter with LHP Ryan Edell.

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