Tribe Takes Down Toledo 4-1

Lincoln Pitches Indians To Seventh Straight Win Over Mud Hens

TOLEDO, Ohio — Starting pitcher Brad Lincoln limited Toledo to just one run on six hits in seven innings of work, while the Indianapolis Indians’ offense chipped in with three run-scoring doubles as the Tribe earned a 4-1 win over the Mud Hens on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field.

With the win, Indianapolis improves its record to 63-62 on the season, while the loss drops Toledo 57-67 on the year. The victory is also the Tribe’s seventh consecutive win against the Mud Hens this season and gives the Indians a 9-8 edge in the overall season series.

Lincoln’s (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 SO) seven-inning effort improves his record to 7-3 on the season and gives the right-hander his first victory with the Tribe since the Pittsburgh Pirates optioned him to Indianapolis on July 27. The win was also Lincoln’s first against the Mud Hens this season after he had posted a 0-2 record and a 4.15 ERA (6 ER in 13.0 IP) in two starts against Toledo earlier this year.

Tribe relievers Justin Thomas (1.1 IP, 0 R, 2 SO) and Jean Machi (0.2 IP, 0 R, 1 SO) set down the final six Mud Hens’ batters in order to preserve the Indians’ 4-1 win. With his 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, Thomas earned his ninth hold of the year, a mark which ties him for the seventh-most holds in the International League this season.

In support of their starter, the Indianapolis offense jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead with a two-out score in the top of the second inning. After 1B Jonathan Van Every singled to right field with two outs in the frame, 3B Doug Bernier lined his 10th double of the season out to left field to give the Tribe a one-run edge.

The Tribe later gave Lincoln a comfortable 3-0 cushion when they tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning on back-to-back doubles by C Erik Kratz and Van Every. Following a one-out walk by RF Mitch Jones, Kratz plated the Indians’ first run of the frame with a double off the wall in deep right center field, before he trotted home one batter later on Van Every’s ninth two-bagger of the season.

Toledo cut Indianapolis’ advantage to 3-1 in the home half of the seventh inning on a two-out base knock to center field by 1B Michael Bertram. While the Mud Hens pulled to within two runs of the Tribe with the score, Toledo wasted a golden opportunity to chip away at their deficit earlier in the frame, when LF Jeff Frazier, who opened the inning with a single to center, was thrown out at home plate on a double by RF Casper Wells with no one out in the seventh.

Indianapolis regained its three-run advantage on a Toledo fielding error in the top of the ninth inning. With SS Pedro Ciriaco standing at first base with two outs in the frame, CF Alex Presley singled to right-center field to advance Ciriaco to third, before a missed catch error by 2B Max Leon allowed the Indians’ shortstop to scamper home and give the Tribe the decisive 4-1 lead.

Mud Hens’ starter Charles Furbush (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 8 SO), who allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings of work, was strapped with his third loss despite striking out a Triple-A season-high eight batters. Toledo relievers Zach Simons (2.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 SO) and Luis Marte (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB) combined to hold the Tribe to only one unearned run in three innings out of the bullpen.

At the plate, Ciriaco (3-for-5, 1 R), Kratz (2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI) and Van Every (2-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB) each collected at least two hits for the Tribe, while DH Ben Guez (2-for-3) was the lone Mud Hens’ batter to record multiple hits on the evening.

Indianapolis continues its three-game series against the Toledo Mud Hens on Thursday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. The Tribe has yet to announce a starting pitcher, while LHP Andy Oliver is the probable starter for the Mud Hens.

The contest will be carried by WXLW-950 AM and with Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley on the call. The pre-game show begins at 6:40 p.m.


Post-game quotes — RHP Brad Lincoln

(on his seven inning, one run start against the Mud Hens)
“It’s all about attacking the zone and letting the hitters get themselves out. This team is susceptible to swinging early in the count and that worked to my advantage tonight. I was able to attack the zone and let my defense work behind me.”

(on throwing out Toledo LF Jeff Frazier at home in the seventh)
“That was the biggest play of the game. For (center fielder Alex) Presley to get that ball in as quickly as he did and for (second baseman Brian) Friday to make a quick turn and throw a strike home to (catcher Erik) Kratz was a key part of the game. It was just an all-around great play that got me through the rest of the inning.”

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