• Tribe punishes Clippers again 9-1

    August 12, 2011 No comments

    Starting pitcher Brian Burres allowed just one run over six innings, while second baseman Jordy Mercer and catcher Jason Jaramillo combined for five hits and seven RBI as the Indianapolis Indians took down the Columbus Clippers 9-1 yesterday afternoon at Huntington Park.

    With the win Indianapolis improves to six games above .500 for the first time this season at 63-57.

    Burres, who entered the contest with an 0-3 record in three earlier starts against the Clippers this season, strung together six strong innings, walking only one while striking out five to earn the victory and improve to 4-8 on the season. Following Burres, Tribe relievers Daniel Moskos and Jose Ascanio combined for three scoreless frames of relief.

    While Burres and the Tribe bullpen shut down the Clippers’ offense for the second straight game, the Indianapolis offense broke out again with three multi-run scoring rallies. Indianapolis jumped out to an early advantage with three scores in the fourth before tallying two in the eighth and finishing with four more in the ninth.

    Mercer opened the scoring for the Indians, when he rolled a two-run single to center in the top of the fourth, plating LF John Bowker and 1B Matt Hague. Jaramillo followed Mercer’s run scoring base knock with base hit of his own to move Mercer to third, where he would eventually trot home on a Clippers’ miscue to extend the Indians advantage to 3-0.

    Columbus would then tack on their only run of the ballgame in the fifth inning, when 1B Jared Goedert led off the inning with his eighth home run of the season.

    The game would then remain tight at 3-1 until the final innings when the Tribe offense exploded for two runs in the eighth and four more in the ninth to put the contest well out of reach. 3B Josh Harrison began the late inning outburst with a lead-off double in the top of the eighth inning , before traveling along on a two-run blast of the bat of C Jason Jaramillo one batter later.

    After Jaramillo’s second shot of the season pushed the Indians lead to 5-1, the Tribe put the game out of contention with four more scores in the top of the ninth.

    Columbus starter Jeanmar Gomez suffered the loss to fall to 10-5 on the season after allowing three runs over six innings of work.

    Indianapolis now beings a key eight-game road/home series against their West Division rival, the Louisville Bats, beginning tonight in Louisville at 7:05 p.m. LHP Garrett Olson is expected to take the mound for the Indians, while Bats are scheduled to counter with RHP Edinson Volquez.

     

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