The Indianapolis Indians and Lehigh Valley IronPigs faced off at Victory Field for the first of a 4 game series. The Indians came out swinging and put 8 runs on the board in the first two innings and seemed to have the game under control. Lehigh Valley settled down and chipped away at the 7 run deficit, rallying back to win the game 10-8, winning a big game on the road.
The IronPigs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, John Mayberry singled to center field scoring Chris Aguila. Lehigh Valley looked to be in position to add more runs in the first with 2 men on base, Indianapolis quickly shut the rally down by turning a double play to end the inning.
Indianapolis came out swinging hard in the first and second innings, scoring 8 runs to go up 8-1 and looked to have the game under control. The 8 run rally was setup by a 2 run double by Jeff Clement, scoring Akinori Iwamura and Alex Presley. Jim Negrych smacked a deep sacrifice fly to score Clement and Jason Jaramillo doubled to score Brandon Moss, ending the first inning up 4-1.
The second inning was nearly a carbon copy of the first with Jeff Clement knocking in Akinori Iwamura and Alex Presley with a long single and Brandon Moss hitting a 2 run homer (13 on the season) to bring Clement home, giving the Tribe an 8-1 lead.
The IronPigs regained their composure after the two inning hitting clinic and Pitcher Nate Bump and the Lehigh Valley defense kept the Indians off the scoreboard for the next 7 innings.
The Tribe took an 8-3 lead into the seventh inning and looked to have the game under control. Brian Bass was on the mound and the IronPigs rallied and scored 4 runs in the seventh, making things interesting. Daniel Moskos came in and The Tribe kept the lead going into the 8th inning, 8-7.
Moskos was replaced by the hard throwing Lefty, Wilfredo Ledezma, Ledezma took the mound in the top of the 8th and came out firing 94 mph fast balls to keep the IronPigs off the scoreboard. Jean Machi took the mound in the top of the ninth with the pressure on. The IronPigs had a man on second and third, with 1 out and 1st base open, Machi intentionally walked Paul Hoover to keep the double play alive.
The Victory Field crowd was on their feet, with 2 outs, Brian Bocock at bat, Machi worked the count to 2-2 with the bases loaded. With the slight advantage in the pitch count, everyone was thinking Machi would throw some junk at Bocock and strike him out reaching for a bad pitch. The Tribe had other plans, Machi fired a hard fastball at Brian Bocock who ripped one into the gap in center field, scoring all three base runners and taking the lead 10-8.
The Tribe couldn’t put together a rally in the bottom of the 9th and lost the game 10-8. The loss brings the Indians record to 50-47 and remain in second place in the International League West behind the Columbus Clippers and remain 3.5 games out of the wildcard spot. Game two is scheduled for Tuesday at 7pm.
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