• Tribe sweeps Braves

    June 22, 2012 No comments

    Starting pitcher Rudy Owens allowed just two runs over six strong innings to earn his team-leading sixth win of the season, while RF Brandon Boggs came through with a clutch two-out two-run double in the bottom of the sixth to lead the Indianapolis Indians to a series sweep of the Gwinnett Braves with a 4-2 victory on Thursday afternoon at Coolray Field.

    Owens improved to 6-2 on the season by allowing just two scores on six hits and one walk over six inning pitched.

    The only two scores plated off of Owens and the rest of the Tribe pitching staff came on one swing of the bat in the bottom of the fourth. After Braves 1B Ernesto Mejia led off the inning with a double to left, 3B Ruben Gotay launched his first homer of the season one batter later, driving in his first two runs of the season and the only tallies on the afternoon for Gwinnett.

    After Owens, Tribe relievers Evan Meek, Bryan Morris and Tim Wood combined for three scoreless frames of relief to seal the victory and the series sweep. Wood finished off the contest with a scoreless ninth to earn his team-leading eighth save of the season.

    Indianapolis got on the board first on Thursday afternoon. Brian Friday ripped a double to lef tand eventually came home on an RBI groundout by LF Gorkys Hernandez.

    After Friday gave the Tribe an early 1-0 advantage in the third, CF Starling Marte and 1B Jeff Larish connected on back-to-back doubles to lead off the fourth extending the Indians advantage to 2-0.

    Brandon Boggs would come through with the clutch hit of the night after Gotay’s blast evened the score at 2-2. Marte began what turned out to be the game-winning rally in the sixth when he reached on an infield single with one out in the frame.

    The Tribe center fielder then proceeded to steal second, prompting Gwinnett to intentionally walk Larish and put runners on first and second. Following a strikeout, Boggs would step to the plate with two outs and launch his 10th double of the season to right field to score Marte and Larish and give the contest its final score of 4-2.

    Gwinnett starter Todd Redmond suffered the loss to fall to 6-5 on the season, despite striking out nine in six innings of work.

    With the victory the Indians have now won five straight contests and improve their overall record to 44-29 on the season. Indianapolis now returns home for an eight-game homestand beginning tonight at 7:15 p.m. against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Victory Field. The Tribe is expected to send defending International League Pitcher of the Week Justin Wilson to the mound, while the Yankees are scheduled to counter with RHP Ramon Ortiz.

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