• Tribe Starts Fast, Beats Bats

    August 26, 2010 No comments

    Center fielder Alex Presley and first baseman Brian Myrow each blasted home runs in a five-run first inning, while starting pitcher Jeremy Powell reached the 10-win plateau for the first time in his career since 2006 as the Indianapolis Indians earned a 6-2 win over the Louisville Bats on Wednesday night at Louisville Slugger Field.

    Presley kicked off the Tribe’s opening inning offensive explosion with a two-run blast to deep right center field to give Indianapolis a quick 2-0 advantage. The long ball was the outfielder’s sixth of the season at the Triple-A level and extended his current hitting streak to eight games.

    Following back-to-back hit by pitches of RF Brandon Moss and 3B Mitch Jones, Myrow then stepped up to the plate and blasted the eighth pitch of his plate appearance out to right field to give the Tribe a commanding 5-0 lead just six batters into the contest.

    After his offense had staked him to a 5-0 lead before the right-hander had even tossed a pitch in the contest, Powell entered the game and limited the Bats to one run on five hits in six innings of work to earn his 10th win of the season.

    Powell’s only miscue of the evening came in the home half of the second inning when the Bats scored their first run of the contest on a solo home run by 3B Juan Francisco.

    With the score still holding at 5-1 in the Tribe’s favor in the top of the ninth inning, Indianapolis regained its five-run advantage when SS Doug Bernier scored from third base on a two-out error by Bats’ RHP Jerry Gil. Louisville then closed out the game’s scoring in the bottom of the ninth inning on a solo home run off the bat of LF Todd Frazier with two outs in the frame.

    Louisville starter Matt Klinker was strapped with his second loss at the Triple-A level this season after the right-hander gave up five runs in the top of the first inning. For the Tribe, RHP Anthony Claggett and LHP Corey Hamman held the Bats to just one run on two hits in the contest’s final three innings of play to preserve Powell’s 10th victory of the season.

    The Indians now head home to Victory Field for a brief two-game set against the Toledo Mud Hens beginning on Thursday, August 26 at 7:00 p.m. Indianapolis has yet to announce a starter, while RHP Thad Weber is expected to get the nod for Toledo.

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