• Tribe rally past Knights 4-3

    July 19, 2011 No comments

    Trailing 3-0 entering the seventh inning, third baseman Pedro Alvarez and catcher Dusty Brown tied the game with a solo and two-run home run, before second baseman Jordy Mercer drew a two-out walk and shortstop Ronny Cedeno came through with a clutch RBI triple to rally the Indianapolis Indians past the Charlotte Knights 4-3 last night at Victory Field.

    The Knights’ lead-off duo got things off to a quick start, as LF Alejandro De Aza led off the game with a line drive double to center, before 1B Jim Gallagher followed with a base hit up the middle to give Charlotte the early 1-0 advantage.  Later in the first, Gallagher would come plateward himself on a RBI single from former Indians’ OF Lastings Milledge to give the Knights a 2-0 lead.

    Charlotte later extended their advantage to 3-0 in the fourth, when after three consecutive walks, a groundout from SS Eduardo Escobar scored Terre Haute native Josh Phegley.

    The Tribe offense entered the seventh sputtering, as they failed to plate a single score off Charlotte starter Doug Davis. Davis frustrated Tribe batters over the first six innings, scattering six hits and inducing two key double plays.

    However, the Indianapolis offense broke out in a big way in the seventh, sparked by the suddenly surging Alvarez, who led off the frame with a solo blast to right.  The longball was one of three hits on the night for the left-handed slugger, who has now posted a .467 batting average with three runs, two home runs and four RBI over his last four games.

    After Alvarez got the Tribe on the board, Indians All-Star 1B Matt Hague lined a single to center to set the stage for Brown, who belted a game-tying two-run shot over the left field fence.

    Brown’s two-run bomb evened the score at 3-3 and paved the way for the Indianapolis middle infield combination of Mercer and Cedeno, who together manufactured what turned out to be the game-winning scoring rally.  Mercer began by drawing a two-out walk, before Cedeno belted a triple to deep center field to plate Mercer and give the Tribe a 4-3 advantage.

    Indians starter Brian Burres did not figure in the final decision after allowing two runs on four hits over 3.1 innings. Tribe reliever Sean Gallagher would work his way out of a difficult fourth inning and go on to toss 3.1 innings of relief to earn the victory and improve to 5-9 on the season.

    Tribe reliever Justin Thomas followed Gallagher and earned his International League leading ninth hold of the season in what was his league high 44th appearance.  Indianapolis closer Tim Wood then shut the door in the ninth to earn his team-leading 16th save.

    Knights reliever Freddy Dolsi surrendered all four Tribe runs and was pinned with the loss to fall to 3-7 on the season.

    Indianapolis now continues their four-game series with Charlotte on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.  LHP Rudy Owens is expected to get the start for the Indians, while the Knights are scheduled to counter with RHP Dylan Axelrod.

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