• Tribe Wins Fourth in a Row Behind Powell

    July 30, 2010 No comments

    Starting pitcher Jeremy Powell allowed one run over 8.2 innings of dominant work
    and third baseman Jim Negrych turned a 12-pitch at-bat into a clutch two-out, two-run
    double as the Indianapolis Indians remained one half game out of the Wild Card lead
    with a 4-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs on Thursday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.

    Powell carried a shutout into the bottom of the ninth inning and finished the contest with
    only one run charged to his credit in 8.2 innings of work to earn his seventh win of the
    season. In his outing, the Indians’ right-hander allowed only one base runner to reach
    second before Syracuse scratched across a run on three hits in the game’s final frame.

    Tribe reliever Justin Thomas closed out Powell’s gem and earned his fourth save of the
    season after inducing a ground ball out to first base with two outs and runners at second
    and third to end the game.

    The Indians jumped out to an early 1-0 lead courtesy of a sacrifice fly by RF Brandon
    Moss in the top half of the first inning. Negrych then gave the Tribe a little more
    breathing room in the third with the two run double to extend the lead to 3-0.

    Indianapolis later tacked on an insurance run with two outs in the top half of the seventh
    inning when 1B Doug Bernier delivered a line drive RBI single to right field.

    Syracuse scratched out its only run of the contest with two outs in the bottom of ninth
    with an RBI single to spoil Powell’s bid at a complete game shutout.

    Chiefs’ starter Matt Chico was strapped with his fifth loss after he allowed three runs
    on four hits in six innings of work, while relievers Dan Leatherman and Ron Villone
    combined to work the final three innings of the contest for Syracuse.

    The victory for Indianapolis improves their record to 56-51 on the season, while
    Syracuse has now lost nine consecutive games to fall to 54-52 on the year. The win
    also propels the Indians to a 1.5 game lead over the Chiefs in the International League
    Wild Card race, where they now stand only one half game behind West Division rival
    Louisville.

    The Indians look to complete the four-game series sweep of the Syracuse Chiefs with
    a victory tonight at 7:00 p.m. RHP Brad Lincoln is the expected starter for the Indians,
    while RHP Jeff Mandel is the probable starter for the Chiefs.

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