• Tribe blasts Iron Pigs 10-5

    June 23, 2011 No comments

    The Indians offense plated ten runs between the fourth and sixth innings as second baseman Josh Rodriguez recorded four RBI in his first game with the Tribe, while center fielder Gorkys Hernandez blew the game open with a bases-clearing triple in the sixth to give Indianapolis a 10-5 win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs last night at Coca-Cola Park.

    After allowing four runs in the first frame, the Tribe flooded the scoreboard by tallying two runs in the fourth, three in the fifth and five in the sixth to roar past the IronPigs. Rodriguez, who was acquired by the Pirates organization from the Cleveland Indians organization and assigned to Indianapolis earlier in the day, recorded three hits and drove in four while also inducing a bases-loaded walk in his Indians debut.

    Lehigh Valley struck right away with four runs in the opening inning thanks to a pair of long balls. The first came off the bat of RF John Mayberry when he launched a three run dinger to left followed two batters later when 1B Tagg Bozied crushed a solo shot to give the IronPigs an early 4-0 lead.

    The deficit would then be sliced in half by Indianapolis in the fourth inning. The Indians marked their first tally of the game when Rodriguez brought Matt Hague home with a sacrifice fly to center. SS Brian Friday later followed with a RBI single to left to make it a 4-2 ball game.

    Indianapolis subsequently scored three runs in the fifth to grab their first lead of the contest at 5-4. Hague’s RBI single to left drove in Alex Presley to bring the score to within one. Eric Fryer then followed with a base hit to set the stage for Rodriguez, who doubled to center to send in Hague and Fryer to snag the one-run advantage.

    The Tribe would then explode for five more runs in the following frame, their third straight inning in which they scored. Chase d’Arnaud led off with a single and stole second, while Presley then reached via a walk and was on the back-end of a double steal that saw d’Arnaud take third, before a sacrifice fly by RF John Bowker brought in d’Arnaud.

    Hague and Fryer then both walked to load the bases for Rodriguez, who eventually drew a full-count walk to score Presley. Hernandez would follow by blowing the game wide-open with a bases-clearing triple to right that made it 10-4.

    The IronPigs got one of their runs back in the seventh to decrease the tally to 10-5 when Mayberry delivered with an RBI double.

    Tribe starter Rudy Owens did not factor in the decision after allowing four earned runs on eight hits in his 2.1 innings pitched, while Justin Wilson earned the victory in relief of Owens, notching his league-leading ninth victory of the season after surrendering two hits in 2.2 scoreless innings.

    RHP Michael Dubee followed Wilson by relinquishing an unearned run on three hits in his one inning of relief, while RHP Jared Hughes and LHP Justin Thomas combined for the final three shutout innings, with Hughes striking out four of the five batters he faced. Indians hurlers also combined to strikeout a season-high 14 batters in the contest.

    Lehigh Valley starting pitcher Ryan Edell suffered the loss to fall to 0-2 after surrendering five earned runs on nine hits in 4.1 frames.

    The Indians will complete their four-game series with the IronPigs tonight at 7:05 p.m. Indianapolis is expected to start LHP Brian Burres, while Lehigh Valley is scheduled to counter with LHP Ryan Feierabend.

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