Three-Run 9th inning sends Tribe to 6-5 win
CF Jaff Decker tied the score with a two-run double, before SS Michael Martinez ripped a walk-off single as the Indians plated three runs in the bottom of the ninth in an exciting 6-5 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at Victory Field on Saturday night.
Trailing 5-3 heading into the ninth, C Nevin Ashley drew a one-out walk and 2B Chase d'Arnaud followed with a one-out single to set the stage for Decker and Martinez, who provided the heroics despite entering the frame a combined 0-for-8.
Syracuse jumped out to a 3-0 lead on a sac fly and RBI single from 3B Brandon Laird and two-out RBI base knock from SS Emmanuel Burriss.
The Indians took advantage of two Chiefs miscues in the bottom of the sixth to even the score at 3-3. After Martinez reached on an error and RF Gregory Polanco drew a walk, LF Andrew Lambo brought them both home with his first of two doubles on the night, before coming home himself on a Syracuse wild pitch.
Despite the defeat, Tribe starter Jeff Locke turned in another quality start, surrendering just three runs while striking out seven over 6.0 innings of work.
Story courtesy of: Indianapolis Indians