• Tribe fails to dent the plate for the second game in a row

    May 17, 2012 No comments

    Indianapolis starter Daniel Cabrera allowed just one run in six innings but took the loss Wednesday night as Lehigh Valley starter Scott Elarton tossed six shutout innings and the IronPigs beat the Indians 1-0 at Coca-Cola Park.

    Cabrera threw his third-straight quality start for the Tribe, scattering five hits while recording a season-high five strikeouts, but fell to 1-1 on the year as the Indians offense was held scoreless for the second night in a row. Elarton was just slightly better than Cabrera, allowing two fewer hits and zero runs, and improved to 5-1 on the season.

    After the clubs played to a scoreless tie through five-and-a-half innings, the IronPigs finally broke through against Cabrera in the bottom of the sixth when 1B Cody Overbeck slapped a line-drive RBI single into left field to plate 2B Kevin Fransden for the only run of the game.

    Indianapolis appeared to be forming a rally in the top of the eighth but was foiled by a triple play, the first in Lehigh Valley franchise history. After C Jose Morales and RF Brandon Boggs led off the inning with back-to-back singles, C Eric Kratz caught a popped-up bunt attempt in fair territory with the runners on the move and fired to SS Andres Blanco to double off pinch runner Brian Friday at second base before Blanco threw to Fransden at first to triple off Boggs and complete the trifecta. It was the first triple play in the International League since the Gwinnett Braves turned one during the 2010 season.

    Lehigh Valley (22-16) hosts the Indians (22-16) again on Thursday night in game three of their four-game series. Indianapolis will likely send LHP Jo-Jo Reyes to the mound while the IronPigs are expected to counter with RHP Dave Bush.

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