• Tribe outlast Bisons

    May 22, 2012 No comments

    Tribe shortstop Jordy Mercer singled home two runs in the top of the ninth to help the Indianapolis Indians beat the Buffalo Bisons 8-6 on Monday night in a back-and-forth battle at Coca-Cola Field.

    Indianapolis took advantage of a pair of Buffalo errors en route to scoring the game’s winning runs. CF Starling Marte started off the ninth inning by reaching on a two-base throwing error, making it all the way to second when the ball got away from the Buffalo first baseman. With Marte on second base, LF Alex Presley laid down a sacrifice bunt and was safe at first when the throw from the catcher drew the first baseman off the bag.

    With runners on the corners and no outs, 3B Matt Hague was hit by a pitch to load the bases. A flyout brought up Mercer, who lined a clutch single to right field, scoring Marte and Presley and giving the Indians their final 8-6 advantage.

    Indianapolis had jumped out to an early lead in the top of the second inning C Jose Morales’ groundball single to center field scored 1B Jeff Clement giving the Indians a 1-0 lead. 2B Anderson Hernandez followed with an RBI single of his own to plate Mercer and extend the lead to 2-0.

    That lead was cut in half when Buffalo SS Omar Quintanilla led off the bottom of the third with a home run to right-center. The advantage then disappeared when LF Fred Lewis drove in CF Corey Wimberly, who had doubled, with a bloop single and later scored on RF Valentino Pascucci’s RBI double, to give the Bisons a 3-2 lead.

    The Indians, however, would take the lead back in the top of the fourth inning when Presley left the yard, hitting a home run over the right-center-field fence to give the Indians a 5-3 lead.

    The Tribe added on to their lead in the sixth inning with what at the time seemed to be an insurance run Marte’s RBI triple 6-3 Indians.

    Buffalo cut into the deficit with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of two passed balls and a Pascucci sacrifice fly to make it 6-5, advantage Indians. That advantage disappeared yet again in the bottom of the eighth inning.

    A leadoff walk to PH-CF Dustin Martin came back to haunt the Tribe as PH-SS Oswaldo Navarro doubled to center field, driving in Martin and tying the score 6-6. The run resulted in the first blown save of the season for LHP Doug Slaten.

    Slaten would go on to pick up the win, however, improving to 2-0 and riding Mercer’s game-winning single to the Tribe’s second consecutive victory. Tribe starter Daniel Cabrera was saddled with his third no decision in five starts.

    Buffalo reliever Josh Edgin took the loss despite not allowing an earned run in an inning of relief. Garrett Olson who started for the Bisons, lasted only four innings and took a no decision.

    The Indians (24-20) and Bisons (26-19) will wrap up their four-game series on Tuesday afternoon, with the first pitch slated for 1:05 p.m. Indianapolis will likely send LHP Jo-Jo Reyes (5-1, 2.09) to the mound while Buffalo is expected to counter with RHP Chris Schwinden (3-2, 2.54)

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