• Tribe top Knights 3-2

    July 20, 2011 No comments

    All-Star first baseman Matt Hague belted the game-winning RBI double in the bottom of the eighth, while third baseman Pedro Alvarez and designated hitter Ronny Cedeno combined for seven base hits in support of a strong seven-inning outing from Tribe starter Rudy Owens, as the Indianapolis Indians knocked off the Charlotte Knights 3-2 last night at Victory Field.

    Tuesday night’s contest entered the bottom of the eighth all square at two, before a Knights fielding error and a few clutch base hits propelled the Tribe to victory. RF Steve Pearce led off the eighth by reaching on a Charlotte miscue, and after Alvarez roped his fourth hit of the night to push Pearce to second, Hague launched his team-leading 29th double to plate Pearce and give the Tribe a 3-2 advantage.

    Indians closer Tim Wood made the 3-2 lead stand up as he set down the Knights in order in the ninth to earn his team-best 17th save of the season. Wood closed out the win for fellow reliever Steven Jackson, who turned in an inning of scoreless relief to earn the victory and improve to 2-2 on the season.

    Despite not figuring in the final decision, Tribe starter Rudy Owens pitched well enough to win, as he tossed seven strong innings and held a powerful Charlotte offensive attack to just two runs on four base hits.

    The Tribe did jump out to an early advantage with a first inning score manufactured by the rehabbing duo of Cedeno and Pearce. Cedeno began the first frame scoring rally with a single to left, before Pearce put the Tribe ahead with a clutch two-out double down the left field line.

    Then after Charlotte evened the score at one with a single score in the top of the third, the Tribe re-took the lead with a score of their own in the bottom half of the frame. Cedeno once again sparked the scoring rally, as he led off with a double to right, before Alvarez brought him plateward with a clutch two-out RBI single to center.

    Charlotte starter Dylan Axelrod scattered seven hits over five innings of work, but did not figure in the final decision as reliever Gregory Infante gave up the Tribe’s unearned run in the eighth to suffer the loss and fall to 0-2 on the season.

    Indianapolis now continues their four-game series with Charlotte on Wednesday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is scheduled to take the hill for the Indians, while the Knights are expected to counter with RHP Deunte Heath.


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