• Tribe Falls to Toledo 4-2

    April 13, 2011 No comments

    After nailing down their first win of the season Monday night, the Indianapolis Indians had little time to enjoy it as the Tribe concluded their brief two game series with the Toledo Mud Hens with an 11:00 in the morning game yesterday as the Indians had their Excellence in Education Day game.

    Both teams could only muster five hits in the game but the Mud Hens made the most of their along with some strong pitching by left handed starter Andy Oliver to defeat the Tribe 4-2.

    For the sixth time in as many games, an Indians opponent got on the board first as Mud Hens left fielder Scott Thorman hit his first home run of the season to give the Mud Hens a 1-0 lead.

    Toledo would use the long ball again in the top of the fifth as center fielder Clete Thomas connected off of Indian’s starter Brian Burres for his second homer of the season and the Mud Hens doubled their lead to 2-0.

    Indianapolis plated their first run of the game on third baseman’s Josh Harrison’s first long ball of the season to make it a 2-1 game after 5 innings.

    But Burres would have problems in the top of the sixth as Scott Sizemore drew a lead-off walk to begin the inning for Toledo. Sizemore would steal second and move to third on an Andy Dirks ground out. Burres then gave up an RBI single Ryan Strieby and Scott Thorman followed with a single of his own to put runners at second and third with one out.  Burres walked Cale Iorg which loaded the bases and prompted Indians manager Dean Treanor to bring in Tony Watson in relief of Burres. Watson would face Clete Thomas who reached on a fielding error by Pedro Ciriaco that allowed Strieby to score the final Mud Hens run of the game.

    Indianapolis would add a run in the eighth as a throwing error by Cale Iorg on a Chase d’Arnaud grounder allowed Gorkys Hernandez to score.

    Oliver recorded his first win of the season as he pitched six strong innings of three hit one run baseball while striking out eight and walking only one. Zach Simons came in with two out in the ninth and induced Josh Harrison in to a fly out to record his first save of the season.

    Opening day starter Brian Burres took the loss to drop his record to 0-2 as Burres gave up four runs on four hits with two of those hits being homers in five and two-thirds innings of work.  The Tribe bullpen pitched well as relievers Tony Watson, Joe Beimel and Tim Wood held Toledo to just one hit over the final three and a third innings.

    The Indians welcome the Louisville Bats for a three game set starting tonight at 7:05 p.m. at Victory Field. RHP Matt Klinker is scheduled to start the series opener for Louisville, while Indianapolis is expected to counter with LHP Justin Wilson.

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