Polanco, Sanchez lead Indians offense in win over Toledo

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A tightly contested matchup from nearly wire to wire was blown wide open with one out in the ninth, as five consecutive Tribe batters reached safely, including Gregory Polanco with a go-ahead RBI double and Tony Sanchez on a game-winning three-run homer, to propel the Indianapolis Indians (14-6) to a 7-5 win over the Toledo Mud Hens (8-12) on Thursday night at Fifth Third Field. The top prospect Polanco scored three runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle with his infield single, RBI double and solo HR.

After remaining in a 3-3 deadlock with Toledo from the third to the eighth inning, the Indians finally sprung to life in their last at-bat of regulation frames. Michael Martinez ignited the rally with a one-out triple that put the go-ahead run just 90 feet away, before top prospect Polanco came through by doubling home Martinez for his third hit of the night and a 4-3 Tribe lead.

Toledo then elected to intentionally walk the dangerous slugger Andrew Lambo, but the strategy backfired as Sanchez cashed in some valuable insurance runs with a three-run bomb that extended Indy’s lead to 7-3.

Down but not out, the Hens clung to life by bringing the tying run to the plate with two outs to spare, but Jared Hughes clearly had other ideas in mind as he retired the next two batters to earn his fourth save and preserve the win.