Braves escape with 6-5 win over Indians
A four-run, eighth-inning rally quickly became a moot point thanks to a pair of G-Brave solo homers, as Joey Terdoslavich lifted a game-tying shot in the bottom of the eighth and Christian Bethancourt turned the very first offering of the bottom of the ninth into a game-winner in the Gwinnett Braves’ (24-17) 6-5, walkoff win over the Indianapolis Indians (24-18) on Saturday night at Coolray Field. The defeat extends the Tribe’s season-high streak to six straight road losses, dating back to 5/8, a span ranking two games shy of the Victory Field era (‘96) record.
Although Indy struck first with a fifth-inning RBI double from Gregory Polanco, the G-Braves made quick work of their one-run deficit by bringing four men plateward the in the bottom of the frame to grab a 4-1 lead after five innings.
The Tribe, suffering from apparent shellshock from Gwinnett’s quick attack, sputtered offensively through a scoreless sixth and seventh frame, before catching fire with one out in the eighth.
Following a leadoff flyout, the next four Indians batters reached safely with Polanco ripping a double, Matt Hague coaxing a walk, Chris McGuiness stroking an RBI single and Jaff Decker blasting a three-run homer to cap the valiant comeback and give Indy a 5-4 lead.
Indy’s story of perseverance and timely hitting then turned into the solo-HR show, as Terdoslavich tied it 5-5 in the eighth and Bethancourt walked off a winner in the ninth.