• Tribe earn series split with Tides

    May 09, 2011 No comments

    Indianapolis right hander Brad Lincoln held Norfolk to an earned run on six hits while recording seven strikeouts in six innings pitched, while left fielder Alex Presley collected his sixth multi-hit game in seven contests as the Indians cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Tides Sunday at Harbor Park.

    Lincoln dominated the Tides in his six innings of work and Cesar Valdez tossed two perfect innings. Valdez has now gone ten consecutive appearances and 15.1 straight innings without allowing a run. Justin Thomas finished the game for the Tribe as he gave up an earned run on one hit and struck out a pair.

    Indianapolis struck first with three runs in the third thanks to RBI base hits from Presley and DH Andrew Lambo. SS Chase d’Arnaud led off the frame with a single before scoring on Presley’s base hit, while 1B Matt Hague and C Jason Jaramillo reached on a fielding error and a walk to set the stage for Lambo, who bounced a single up the middle to drive in both to give the Indians an early 3-0 lead.

    The Tides plated their lone run off Lincoln in the fourth when 1B Rhyne Hughes came across on CF Matt Angle’s sacrifice fly to center to trim the deficit to 3-1 but could not take advantage of a one out bases loaded opportunity to push across any more runs.

    The Indians got the run back plus one in the fifth courtesy of RBI singles by Jaramillo and RF John Bowker, who joined the Indians earlier in the day.

    Indianapolis then tacked on another insurance run in the eighth when Lambo singled to right and came across on CF Gorkys Hernandez’s RBI base hit to push the lead to 6-1.

    Norfolk SS Brendan Harris scored the Tides final run of the game in the ninth inning with a leadoff home run.

    Presley tallied a three-hit game for the second time in as many days and has now recorded two or more hits in six of seven contests, including nine in four games against the Tides, while Lambo notched two hits and drove home two runs, All nine Indians hitters in the lineup recorded a hit, while every one of the Tribe’s 12 hits in the contest were singles. The 12 base knocks also ties the Indians’ season-high for this year.

    Tides LHP Michael Ballard suffered the loss to fall to 2-3 after giving up three earned runs on nine hits in four frames of work, ,while RHP Pat Egan pitched three perfect innings of relief, fanning one batter.

    The victory pushed Indianapolis’ record to 10-21 this year, while Norfolk dropped to a 12-18 mark on the season. The win gives the Indians a 2-2 series split with the Tides, while also ending the season series even at 4-4.

    The Indians will now head to Durham for a four game set to end their eight game road trip beginning Monday at 7:05 p.m. The first game will be played at the Bulls’ former home, Durham Athletic Park, while the last three will take place in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. RHP Jeremy Hall is scheduled to get the ball for the Bulls, while Indianapolis’ starter has not yet been announced.

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