• Tribe shuts out IronPigs

    May 10, 2012 No comments

    Indianapolis center fielder Gorkys Hernandez broke a scoreless tie with his second home run in as many days and shortstop Chase d’Arnaud did a little bit of everything offensively in his second game back from the disabled list as the Indians earned their fifth straight win with a 5-0 victory over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs on Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field.

    Indians starter Justin Wilson, battled through a 26-pitch first inning, but went on to hold Lehigh Valley to just three hits and one walk in six strong innings. The lefty recorded six strikeouts en route to earning his third win of the season, at one point retiring 12 straight IronPigs.

    The teams battled to a scoreless tie until the Indians took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. d’Arnaud picked up a one-out single and then promptly stole second base. With d’Arnaud on second, Gorkys Hernandez launched an opposite-field home run over the right-center-field wall.

    Indianapolis added a trio of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, when 3B Jordy Mercer and RF Brandon Boggs led off with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt by C Jose Morales moved runners to second and third, 2B Anderson Hernandez looped a single down the right field line, scoring Mercer and putting runners on the corners with a 3-0 lead.

    Batting in place of Wilson, PH Brian Friday then drew a walk to load the bases before d’Arnaud smacked his second single of the game, a two-run base hit that gave the Indians their final 5-0 lead.

    The Tribe’s Tim Wood allowed a lone hit and struck out one batter in an inning of scoreless relief. Fellow RHP Bryan Morris closed out the victory, holding the IronPigs scoreless in both the eighth and ninth innings.

    Lehigh Valley starter Pat Misch allowed all five Tribe runs on nine hits and was pinned with the loss to fall to 1-5 on the season.

    The win gives the Indians their second five-game winning streak of the season and improves the Tribe’s record to 19-13. Meanwhile, Lehigh Valley fell to 17-15 on the season. The teams are wrapping up their four-game series this morning in a game that began at 11:05 a.m. Looking for the sweep, Indianapolis sent Jeff Locke to the mound with a 3-1 record and 2.31 ERA. Lehigh Valley countered with RHP Tyler Cloyd.

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