Pigs Slop Tribe With Late Inning Rally
The Indians added another run in the top of the 6th. Presley led off with a single, and he scored on Bowker’s double into right field. Marte also singled, moving Bowker to third, but a double play ended the inning.
The Iron Pigs matched that with a run of their own in the bottom of the 6th. Olson struck out the first batter, then walked Kratz. Jared Hughes relieved Olson, and the first batter Hughes faced was another former Indy Indian (2009) pinch-hitter Tagg Bozied. Bozied lifted a fly ball into left field, but Presley could not see the ball in the weird lights of Coca Cola Park, and the ball dropped to the ground about 15 feet from him, for a double. That moved Kratz to third, and a sacrifice fly plated Kratz. The run was charged to Olson, who finished his work with that one run on one hit and one walk, plus 4 strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Indians still up, 3-1.
Justin Thomas pitched the 7th inning for the Tribe. He walked Moss and hit Overbeck with a pitch, but struck out three other Iron Pigs. The Tribe went down in order in the 7th and 8th innings. Cesar Valdez came on to pitch the bottom of the 8th. He began with a strikeout of another former Indy Indian (2005-06) pinch-hitter Rich Thompson. The next two batters hit back-to-back singles, putting runners on the corners. When Valdez went to pick the runner off first, his throw went wild, and the lead runner scored on the error, cutting the Indians’ lead to 3-2. A single and an intentional walk to Moss loaded the bases for the Iron Pigs. Young lined a single into right field, bringing the tying run and the go-ahead run in to score. Valdez ended the inning with a line out and a strikeout, but the damage had been done.
The Indians had one last chance in the top of the 9th. With one out, Hague lined a single into left field, but pinch-hitter Eric Fryer bounced into a double play, erasing Hague, to end the game.