Big fourth inning propels AZL Indians to win
August 27, 2012
GOODYEAR - The AZL Indians beat the AZL Reds on Sunday night by a score of 8-6, thanks to a key five-run fourth inning that paved the way to victory.
Right-hander Dylan Baker got the start for the Indians and was shaky in the early going allowing three first inning runs on three hits, a walk, wild pitch, passed ball and error. The Indians responded in their half of the first inning with two runs of their own thanks to back-to-back doubles by first baseman Nelson Rodriguez and third baseman Jorge Martine to each plate a run and make the score 3-2 after one inning.
Baker settled in the next two innings and did not allow a run, and even struck out the side in the third inning. He ran out of gas in the fourth inning as he walked the first two batters before allowing a double and threw a wild pitch to score both runners. After two strikeouts he was replaced by right-hander Alexis Paredes who recorded the final out of the inning.
Once again the Indians came right back, and this time they took the lead with a big five run inning in the bottom of the fourth. Catcher Eric Haase got things started with a solo home run to left field. After a walk by right fielder Anthony Santander and single by left fielder D'Vone McClure, center fielder Mark Brown ripped a one out triple to right scoring both Santander and McClure. Second baseman closed the scoring with a two out two-run home run to left field to make the score 7-5 after four innings.
From there the pitching for both teams took over as in the last five innings Paredes, Caleb Hamrick, and Briely Puerta combined to throw five innings and allowed one unearned run on one hit, no walks, and recorded six strikeouts. The final Indians run camer in the sixth thanks to a lead off walk by shortstop Jairo Kelly who promptly stole second base and third base, and on the the steal of third came home thanks to a throwing error by the catcher.
The young Tribe is off tonight and then plays their final two games of the season on Tuesday against the Mariners and on Wednesday morning against the Brewers.
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