• Tribe wins in 9th over Iron Pigs 3-2

    August 22, 2011 No comments

    Shortstop Chase d’Arnaud singled home second baseman Jordy Mercer in the bottom of the ninth inning, while Tribe starting pitcher Jose Ascanio struck out seven over six scoreless innings and drove home a run with a sacrifice fly to help the Indianapolis Indians get past the Hall-of-Famer Ryne Sandberg led Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field.

    The Indians jumped out to the 1-0 lead with a single run on a RBI single by Tribe All-Star 1B Matt Hague to give Indianapolis the first lead of the game at 1-0.

    The Tribe doubled their lead in the fourth inning when Indians starting pitcher Pedro lifted a sacrifice fly to center to extend the Tribe advantage to 2-0.

    Though the IronPigs entered the top of the ninth with no runs on just three base knocks, the veteran club would not go away quietly as they collected four base hits and scored two runs to send the game to the bottom of the ninth.

    Last season’s Indians MVP Brandon Moss helped send the game to the bottom of the ninth, as he began the final frame rally for the IronPigs with a one out base hit to center. Then after base hits by 3B Pete Orr and former Indians’ All-Star catcher Erik Kratz loaded the bases, SS Freddy Galvis came through with a clutch two-out base hit to even the score at 2-2.

    But the Tribe responded as Mercer in his first at-bat of the game lifted a one out single to center, and after a walk to LF Alex Presley moved him to second, the Indians second baseman sped home on d’Arnaud’s game-winning base knock.

    The Indians held down the IronPigs for much of the contest thanks to Ascanio who was called to make a spot start out of the Indianapolis bullpen, and turned in a spectacular performance as he allowed just two singles and a walk, while striking out seven over six scoreless innings. The six innings for Ascanio doubled his previous high on the season, while the seven strikeouts established a new season best and gives him 43 punchouts in 35 innings of work this year.

    Following Ascanio, Tribe relievers Daniel Moskos and Jared Hughes combined for two innings of scoreless relief. LHP Justin Thomas gave up both Iron Pigs runs in the ninth before RHP Steven Jackson finished the inning and picked up the win for the Tribe to improve to 3-2 on the season.

    Former Indians reliever Juan Perez suffered the loss for Lehigh Valley to fall to 0-4 on the season after allowing the Tribe’s bottom of the ninth score. IronPigs starter Dave Bush did not figure in the final decision despite allowing just two runs on five hits over five innings of work.

    Indianapolis now continues their four-game series with Lehigh Valley on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. The Indians are expected to send LHP Brian Burres to the mound, while the IronPigs are scheduled to counter with LHP Ryan Edell.



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