• Tribe score 4 runs in 7th to rally past Chiefs

    June 07, 2011 No comments

    A four run seventh inning keyed by a Brian Friday RBI double rallied the Indianapolis Indians from a two run deficit as they beat the Syracuse Chiefs 6-4 last night at Victory Field.

    The Tribe struck first as Chase d’Arnaud led off the game for Indianapolis with a triple to right center field. He came home on the first of Friday’s three doubles of the evening to give the Tribe an early 1-0 lead.

    Both starters would cruise through the early innings as Chiefs starter Tom Milone followed the Friday double in the first by getting the following three Indians batters out on a ground out and a pair of strike outs to limit the damage to just the one run. In fact Milone would retire the next thirteen Indians batters until Eric Fryer reached on a single in the fifth inning.

    Tribe lefty Brian Burres followed his impressive start against Scranton with another strong outing last night at one point retiring eleven Chiefs batters in a row in the early innings.

    Back to back fielding errors gave Syracuse the lead in the fifth inning. After a Jeff Frazier strike out to begin the inning, Adam Fox reached on a fielding error by Tribe second baseman Friday to give Syracuse their first base runner since the opening inning. Chris McConnell followed trying to sacrifice Fox to second with his bunted ball going straight to Burres. But Burres couldn’t come up with it cleanly as in his hurry to make the throw he dropped the ball for the second consecutive error and the Chiefs had runners at first and second with one out. After a sacrifice bunt by the pitcher Milone moved the runners up ninety feet, Matt Antonelli gave Syracuse their first lead of the game on a double to left plating McConnell and Fox and the Chiefs led 2-1.

    The Chiefs plated two more runs in the sixth as Chris Marrero hit his seventh home run of the season on a long bomb to left with a runner aboard to give Syracuse a three run lead at 4-1 heading in to the bottom of the sixth.

    Indianapolis cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning on back to back doubles as Friday led off the inning doubling to left and came home on Matt Hague’s double down the left field line to make it a 4-2 ball game.

    Justin Thomas started the seventh in relief of Burres and set down the Chiefs in order to bring the Indians back to the plate in the bottom half of the inning. Fryer led off the inning with a double, one of five doubles for the Indians on the night. After a line out to center, Alex Presley made his way to the batter’s box as a pinch hitter. Presley did not start the game after being hit by a pitch on the elbow the previous night but was available as a pinch hitter and the Indians leading hitter did not disappoint as he tripled down the left field line scoring Fryer and making it a one run game at 4-3.

    Hassan Pena relieved Milone to face d’Arnaud and the Tribe shortstop hit a blooper over the drawn in Chiefs infield to plate Presley and tie the game at four. Friday followed and smacked his third double of the night to left scoring d’Arnaud to give the Tribe the lead back at 5-4. John Bowker hit an RBI single to center giving the Indians an insurance run as Friday came home and the Indians were up by two heading in to the eighth inning.

    Tribe manager Dean Treanor elected to bring in his closer Tim Wood to start the eighth as he retired Syracuse in order. Wood began the ninth in similar style retiring the first two Syracuse batters. With Wood a strike away from ending the inning, Adam Fox singled to center to keep the inning alive for the Chiefs and pinch hitter Tug Hulett walked on a 3-2 pitch to put the tying run at first base. Gregor Blanco followed with a walk on another 3-2 pitch to load the bases for Syracuse as Matt Antonelli strode to the plate. On the third 3-2 pitch in as many batters, Antonelli hit a sharp line drive to center with the runners on the move but it help up long enough for center fielder Gorkys Hernandez to charge in and make the catch to end the game.

    Burres pitched well but for the second game in a row was not involved in the decision. Burres went six innings allowing four hits and four runs though only two were earned. Thomas recorded the win in his one inning of work to improve to 4-1 on the season and Wood recorded his thirteenth save of the year. Pena suffered the loss to fall to 0-1.

    The win gave the Tribe a 5-3 record on the home stand as Indianapolis hits the road for a brief four game road trip. The Indians are now 28-31 on the season in third place in the International League Western division nine games behind division leading Columbus.

    Indianapolis will play at Buffalo tonight at 7:05 p.m. LHP Justin Wilson is scheduled to get the nod for the Indians, while RHP Josh Stinson is expected to toe the rubber for the Bisons.

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