• Tribe outpaces Clippers in 7-4 win

    July 15, 2011 No comments

    Indianapolis left fielder John Bowker and designated hitter Steve Pearce each blasted a solo home run, while the Indians plated a run in each of the first five innings and got two key insurance runs late to top the Columbus Clippers 7-4 last night at Huntington Park.

    Bowker showed no rust coming off the All-Star break, launching a solo home run off the scoreboard in right center in the first to give Indianapolis an early 1-0 advantage.

    The Clippers however answered back with a score in the bottom half of the inning on an RBI double by SS Jason Donald to tie the game 1-1.

    The tie would be short-lived however, as the Tribe plated a run in the second. All-Star 1B Matt Hague singled and eventually scored on a RBI infield single by RF Miles Durham to again give the Indians a one-run lead.

    It would then be Hague’s turn to drive in a score in the third inning to increase the margin to two, as he doubled to left to drive in Bowker.

    The Clippers however subsequently narrowed the deficit back to one in their half of the third as the Indians elected to turn a double play allowing a run to score.

    The Tribe reclaimed the two run advantage in the fourth when CF Gorkys Hernandez singled and eventually came home on a Jordy Mercer fielder’s choice grounder to make it a 4-2 ballgame.

    The Tribe would follow with another run in the fifth to push ahead 5-2 when Pearce left the yard.

    Columbus would make it a one-run game once again in the seventh by plating a pair of runs to close the gap at 5-4.

    Indianapolis however would counter by adding a pair of insurance runs in the eighth to sink the Clippers’ comeback hopes. Corey Wimberly smacked an RBI single and Gorkys Hernandez would come across later in the inning on a passed ball to close the scoring for the Indians.

    Indianapolis starter Rudy Owens earned the win to improve to 7-6 after allowing just two earned runs on five hits in addition to seven strikeouts, while Steven Jackson and Tim Wood combined for 2.2 scoreless innings with Wood notching his team-leading 15th save of the year.

    Columbus LHP David Huff suffered the loss to fall to 8-3 after surrendering three earned runs on six hits in his three innings of work.

    The Indians continue their four-game series with the Clippers Friday night at 7:05 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is scheduled to take the mound for Indianapolis, while Columbus is expected to counter Lincoln with RHP Corey Kluber.

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