LONGBALLS LIFT KNIGHTS OVER TRIBE 3-2
Reed Blasts Two-Run Bomb, Rodriguez Connects On Game-Winning Solo Shot
INDIANAPOLIS — Second baseman Luis Rodriguez hit the go-ahead solo home run in the top of the sixth inning after first baseman Jeremy Reed blasted Charlotte out to an early advantage with a two-run shot in the second and the Knights claimed a 3-2 victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field.
The loss drops Indianapolis’ record to 52-51 on the season, while Charlotte’s victory improves them to an identical 52-51 mark. The win for the Knights also ups their head-to-head record against the Indians to 2-5 on the season.
With the score knotted at 2-2 in the top half of the sixth inning, Rodriguez stepped to the dish with the bases empty and one out in the frame. After watching the first pitch of his plate appearance sail in for a ball, the second baseman pounced on the second offering of his at-bat and launched the pitch out to right field for the decisive 3-2 Knights’ lead.
Before Rodriguez’s game-winning shot in the sixth, Charlotte jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top half of the second inning. With one out in the frame, Reed lined the fourth pitch of his plate appearance out to deep right field for his first home run of the 2010 campaign to give the Knights an early two-run lead.
The Tribe tied the contest at 2-2 with single runs in both the second and fifth innings of play. 1B Doug Bernier doubled home the Indians’ first run when he plated C Luke Carlin with two outs in the second, before a double play grounder plated Indianapolis’ second run of the contest in the fifth.
Charlotte starter Lucas Harrell (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO) evened his season record at 9-9 after the right-hander limited the Tribe to two runs on six hits in six strong innings of work, while RHP Ryan Braun (1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 SO) collected his 15th save of the year with 1.2 scoreless innings of relief. Indians’ RHP Daniel McCutchen (8.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO) was strapped with the tough luck loss after he allowed just three runs on six hits in eight innings of work.
At the plate, Bernier (3-for-4, 1 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI) and Bixler (2-for-4) were the only Indians’ batters to record multiple hits on the evening, while, with his first inning single, LF Kevin Melillo extended his season-best hitting streak to 10 consecutive games, during which time he has posted a .487 (19-for-39) with nine runs scored, five doubles, one home run and nine RBI.
Offensively for Charlotte, CF Alejandro De Aza (2-for-4) had two hits on the afternoon, while Reed (2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI) was the only batter to drive in multiple runs in the contest.
Indianapolis concludes its four-game series with the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, on Monday, July 26 at 7:00 p.m. LHP Brian Burres is the probable starter for the Indians, while RHP Jeff Marquez is expected to get the call for the Knights.
The contest will be carried by WXLW-950 AM and broadcast live on Comcast and Bright House Networks digital channel 81 with Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley on the call. The pre-game show on WXLW-950 AM begins at 6:40 p.m.
Post-game quotes — INF Doug Bernier
(on the team’s performance)
“It’s always tough when you get a loss especially because (Indians’ RHP Daniel) McCutchen pitched so well today. We just couldn’t get enough runs for him. He just battled and we fell a little short.”
(on his three-hit outing)
“It feels nice anytime you can get some hits and score runs. Ultimately, it’s wins and losses so it stings a little bit.”