• Tribe’s 5 game win streak comes to an end

    May 11, 2012 No comments

    A sixth-inning sac fly by left fielder Jake Fox allowed Indianapolis to avoid being shut out, but the Indians could get little else going against Lehigh Valley starter Tyler Cloyd, who allowed three hits over seven innings to lead the IronPigs to a 5-1 win, ending the Tribe’s five-game winning streak on Thursday afternoon at Victory Field.

    Cloyd continued his impressive season, going 7.0 innings while allowing a lone run and striking out six Indianapolis batters. The righty is now 3-0 with Lehigh Valley this season with a miniscule 0.90 ERA.

    Cloyd received plenty of early run support from his IronPigs teammates. 1B Cody Overbeck started off the second inning with a triple over the head of Tribe CF Gorkys Hernandez before scoring on RF Derrick Mitchell’s home run over the left field fence, giving Lehigh Valley a 2-0 lead.

    LF Michael Spidale followed the long ball with a single and stole second base before Tribe starter Jeff Locke induced a groundout to second and a strikeout. With two outs, CF Rich Thompson hit a groundball single to center field and scored Spidale, who crashed into Indians C Eric Fryer as Fryer awaited the throw from the outfield. Locke then induced a groundout to end the inning, but Indianapolis still trailed 3-0.

    Lehigh Valley added to its lead in the top of the next inning as 2B Kevin Fransden singled to lead off the frame and moved to third on a one-out bloop double to shallow left field by Overbeck. Mitchell followed with a two-run single, victimizing Locke again and collecting his third and fourth RBI of the day, giving the IronPigs a 5-0 lead.

    Meanwhile, the Indianapolis offense had a hard time getting anything going against Cloyd after he pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the first inning. Including a strikeout to end that first frame, Cloyd retired 13 straight Tribe batters before SS Chase d’Arnaud singled to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning.

    Gorkys Hernandez followed d’Arnaud’s base hit with his second single of the game to put runners at first and second before both runners moved into scoring position on 3B Matt Hague’s flyout to center field. Fox then lifted a sacrifice fly into right field to score d’Arnaud and cut the deficit to 5-1.

    Cloyd retired the side in order in the seventh and reliever B.J. Rosenberg worked two scoreless innings, pitching around a d’Arnaud single and stolen base in the eighth.

    Locke struggled early but eventually settled in, allowing only one hit and a pair of walks in his final three innings. It was too little too late, though, and the southpaw took the loss, falling to 3-2 on the season.

    The Indians return to action at Victory Field tonight, beginning a four-game series against the Norfolk Tides. The Tribe is expected to send RHP Daniel Cabrera to the mound, while the Tides have yet to announce a projected starter for the 7:05 p.m. contest.

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