• Tribe win after midnight in the tenth inning

    July 20, 2012 No comments

    After the start of the game was delayed nearly two hours by rain, pinch hitter Eric Fryer delivered a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the tenth inning early this morning, sending the Indianapolis Indians to a 5-4 win over the Gwinnett Braves at Victory Field.

    A few minutes after the clock had struck midnight, Fryer’s single hit off the glove of the lunging Gwinnett third baseman and scooted into left field, scoring 3B Matt Hague with the game-winning run in an early-morning tenth inning.

    Indianapolis had tied the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth inning when SS Chase d’Arnaud smacked a two-out double to center field driving in PH Jose Tabata. CF Starling Marte followed and hit a drive into deep right that would have easily scored d’Arnaud for a walkoff win, but Gwinnett RF Jordan Parraz made a sensational tumbling catch against the wall to send the game to extra innings.

    Overshadowed by the Indians win was the performance of Gwinnett starter Julio Teheran. Early on, however, Indians starter Justin Wilson appeared to be on his way to a better start than Teheran, striking out the first four batters of the ballgame while throwing a pair of perfect frames in the first and second. Conversely, Teheran allowed first-inning singles to Indianapolis Hague and Clement and hit C Tony Sanchez with a pitch in the second but escaped both innings unscathed.

    Gwinnett figured out Wilson in a big way in the top of the third inning, providing Teheran with four runs of support. Braves SS Josh Wilson lifted a two-run triple to the left-center-field gap, putting the Braves ahead 2-0. Wilson promptly scored on a long home run that landed near the top of the seating berm beyond the 418-foot fence in left-center-field by Ernesto Mejia, putting Gwinnett ahead 4-0.

    Wilson would last just one more inning but was saved from a loss when the teammates tied the score in the ninth. Teheran, on the other hand, would stave off a pair of Indianapolis rallies but was also saddled with a no decision.

    Picking up the slack for Wilson, RHPs Daniel McCutchen, Duke Welker and Evan Meek combined for six scoreless innings as Meek picked up his third win of the season. For Gwinnett, LHP Cole McCurry took the loss without recording an out in his second appearance of the season for Gwinnett.

    Indianapolis hits the road today as they begin a four-day, five-game series with the division-rival Mud Hens tonight in Toledo at 7 p.m. The Tribe will likely send RHP Rick VandenHurk  to the mound, while Toledo is expected to counter with RHP Brooks Brown.

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