• Tribe’s win streak stops at 4

    May 17, 2011 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians had their four game winning streak snapped yesterday afternoon as the Columbus Clippers salvaged a win in the four game series defeating the Tribe 5-2 yesterday afternoon at Victory Field.

    Columbus starter Corey Kluber went seven strong innings giving up two runs on only four hits to record his first win of the season against three losses.

    Indianapolis scored first in the bottom of the first inning when shortstop Chase d’Arnaud led off with a bloop single. d’Arnaud would steal second and third and come home on a John Bowker groundout for the first run of the game.

    The Clippers tied the game in the third inning when Cord Phelps RBI single scored Luis Valbuena to make it a 1-1 game.

    Columbus scored two more times in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead on center fielder Ezequiel Carrera’s second home run of the season with a man on and two out.

    Alex Presley knocked an RBI double in the Indians half of the sixth inning to bring the Tribe to within a run and could have tied the game two batters later when he tried to score from third on a Matt Hague ground out. But Clippers catcher Luke Carlin managed to put down the tag to cut down Presley and keep it a 3-2 Columbus advantage.

    Columbus added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on a Valbuena RBI double and a RBI single by Cord Phelps to stretch the lead to 5-2.

    Carlton Smith and Josh Judy would each pitch a scoreless inning in relief of Kluber with Judy notching his sixth save of the season.

    Indianapolis starter Brian Burres took the loss to fall to 1-6 on the year as he went 6 innings giving up three runs on only five hits and striking out five.

    Indianapolis is now 15-24 on the season and stands eleven and a half games out of first in the International League west division behind the division leading Clippers.

    Indianapolis now welcomes Buffalo for a four game series beginning tonight at 7:05 p.m. LHP Justin Wilson is scheduled to get the ball for the Indians, while with RHP Justin Stinson is expected to get the start for the Bisons.

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