• Tribe routs Bisons 13-4

    June 08, 2011 No comments

    Indianapolis plated a season high eight runs in the second inning, keyed by a three-run home run by catcher Eric Fryer and two doubles from first baseman John Bowker, before capping the contest with five more scores in the ninth, while reliever Chris Leroux contributed four scoreless innings of relief to lead the Indians to a 13-4 series opening victory over the Buffalo Bisons on Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field.

    Every Tribe batter that touched a bat also scored a run, including both pitchers, as the Indians offense tied a season high with 13 runs.  The Indians offense plated all their runs in two big rallies and surprisingly did not have a base runner in between their eight-run second and five-run ninth.

    The Indians offense quickly put the game out of contention, plating eight runs on five hits in a marathon second inning that included three doubles, a triple and a home run.  Bowker began and ended the season best scoring rally, leading off the inning with a two-bagger and scoring on a fielder’s choice, before capping the frame with a two run double that plated starting pitcher Justin Wilson and Chase d’Arnaud.

    After Bowker got the Tribe on the board, Fryer broke it open when he blasted a three run homer to give the Tribe a lead they would not relinquish.  Following Fryer’s big fly, Gorkys Hernandez belted a triple to right field, before coming around to score when Wilson helped his own cause with a double to left.

    Finally the eight run scoring explosion would come to an end when following a walk by d’Arnaud and Alex Presley, Bowker belted his second two-bagger of the frame to put the Indians out to an 8-0 advantage.

    Buffalo quickly cut the Indians lead in half with a four-run outburst in the third, led by a three-run home run off the bat of LF Lucas Duda.

    The Bisons would continue to threaten and would chase Wilson in the top of the sixth, when CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Luis Hernandez led off the frame with a walk and a single.  However, Leroux would come through and quickly induce a double play ball from pinch hitter Jesus Feliciano that all but ended any comeback hopes for the Bisons.

    Leroux was absolutely brilliant out of the Tribe bullpen, allowing just one hit and one walk over four dominating innings of relief to earn a well-deserved first save of the season.  In an odd turn of events Leroux actually was able to come to the plate in the ninth inning and ended up sparking the Indians five-run rally with a lead-off line drive single to left.

    The Indians reliever eventually scored along with Hernandez on a single by d’Arnaud, before a two-error break down by the Bisons plated two more runs later in the inning.  Bowker fittingly completed the night with his third double of the contest plating 2B Brian Friday to give the Indians the 13-4 blowout victory.

    Indianapolis starter Justin Wilson not only persevered through five innings to earn his team best seventh victory of the season, but also collected his second double and second RBI of the season in the Tribe’s eight-run explosion.  Buffalo starter Josh Stinson was roughed up for eight runs on six hits in just 1.1 innings to suffer the loss and fall to 3-5 on the season.

    Indianapolis now continues their four-game set in Buffalo tonight at 7:05 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is scheduled to get the start for the Indians, while RHP D. J. Carrasco is expected to take the mound for the Bisons.

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