• Tribe Holds Off Sweep

    August 04, 2010 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians wrapped up a four game series in Norfolk looking to avoid
    a sweep and they got just what the doctor ordered as starting pitcher Jeremy Powell
    began the game with five perfect innings and went on to earn the victory, while in his
    Tribe debut first baseman John Bowker went 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI to
    lead the Indianapolis Indians over the Norfolk Tides 5-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Harbor

    After coming to within one out from a complete game shutout in his last outing on July
    29 in Syracuse, Powell continued to dominate on the mound as he set down the first 15
    Norfolk batters he faced in order. The right handed veteran would lose his perfect game
    bid when he surrendered a walk to 1B Brandon Snyder to lead-off the sixth inning, and
    despite going on to allow three runs in the frame, Powell was able to come away with
    the victory and improve to 8-7 on the season.

    Following Powell’s strong effort, the Indianapolis’ bullpen, which had struggled over the
    first three games of the series against the Tides, stepped up and held Norfolk scoreless
    over the final 3.1 innings. Southpaw specialist Corey Hamman started the strong relief
    effort and earned his third hold of the season when he struck 3B Scott Moore to end the
    Tide’s scoring rally in the sixth before RHP Joe Martinez in his Indians’ debut, came on
    and tossed three scoreless frames to earn the save.

    Martinez joined the Tribe after being acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates from San
    Francisco. Also coming to the Indians as part of the deal was Bowker, who helped lead
    the Tribe offense in his first game since being acquired.

    Bowker’s afternoon began when came through with a clutch base hit that scored CF
    Alex Presley for the Tribe’s third of four runs in the first. The rally began when LF Kevin
    Melillo led off the game with a double to center, moved to third on a Norfolk wild pitch
    and quickly came around to score when another recent acquisition, SS Pedro Ciriaco,
    roped a single to right. Ciriaco showed off his speed by swiping second before moving
    to third on a sharp single by Presley. The red-hot Brandon Moss would then plate
    Ciriaco with a double to deep right field, before Bowker’s base hit plated Presley and a
    throwing error allowed Moss to come plate ward as well.

    Norfolk would mount a comeback attempt off Powell in the sixth when, following the
    lead-off walk to Snyder, former Indians’ C Michel Hernandez lined a single to left that
    ended the no-hit bid. Then after a sacrifice bunt, CF Matt Angle and former Tribe OF
    Jeff Salazar brought them home with a single and sacrifice fly.

    Though the Tides would draw to with-in one run later in the sixth, the Indians would tack
    on an insurance run in the eighth to put the game out of reach.

    Norfolk starter Chris Tillman suffered the loss to fall to 8-7 on the season after allowing
    four runs on nine hits in just five innings of work.

    The win improves the Indians’ record to 57-55 on the season and helps them stay with-
    in four games of West Division rival Louisville in the International League Wild Card

    After a day off the Indians head to Durham for a four-game series with the IL South
    Division leading Bulls beginning on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is the
    anticipated starter for the Tribe, while RHP Richard De Los Santos is the probable
    starter for the Bulls.

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