• Tribe down Mud Hens 4-3

    August 05, 2011 No comments

    Second baseman Jordy Mercer and All-Star first baseman Matt Hague combined for five of the Tribe’s eight hits, three of their four runs and three of their four RBI, while Major Leaguer Ross Ohlendorf and three relievers held the Mud Hens to just two earned runs to lead the Indianapolis Indians past Toledo 4-3 last night at Victory Field.

    Trailing 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth, Mercer began the Tribe’s first rally with a lead-off double to left and later came home when Hague came through with a single to center to put the Tribe on the board.

    The Indians’ fourth inning flurry then continued with a clutch base hit from 3B Josh Harrison, who doubled with two outs to bring home Hague and even the score at 2-2. However, the Mud Hens would re-take the lead with a single score in the top of the sixth, before Mercer and Hague again rallied the Tribe offense to the victory.

    In almost a mirror image of the bottom of the fourth, Mercer led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to deep left and came plateward on a base hit by Hague. Mercer then completed the comeback with a clutch two-out single in the bottom of the seventh that plated CF Gorkys Hernandez for what turned on to be the game-winning run.

    The Tribe earned the victory despite committing a season-high five errors, as Tribe hurlers worked their way out of several jams to strand nine Mud Hens runners.

    In the second start of his Major League rehab assignment, Ohlendorf battled through six innings to surrender just two earned runs, but did not figure in the final decision. In relief of Ohlendorf, the Indianapolis bullpen turned in a brilliant performance as three Tribe relievers combined to allow just one hit over three scoreless innings of relief.

    Also on a Major League rehab assignment, reliever Chris Leroux worked out of a tough spot to earn the victory and improve to 5-2 on the season. RHP Steven Jackson and RHP Tim Wood then followed with two hitless frames with Wood notching his team-best 21st save.

    Toledo starter Fu-Te Ni suffered the loss to fall to 5-2 after surrendering all four Tribe runs on seven hits over 6.1 innings of work.

    Indianapolis and Toledo now continue their four-game series at Victory Field tonight at 7:15 p.m. LHP Rudy Owens is expected to get the start for the Indians, while the Mud Hens are expected to counter with LHP Adam Wilk.


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