INDIANAPOLIS – It took some time on Tuesday night, but the Indianapolis Indians were able to cash in on the opportunities in front of them to earn another win.
The Tribe went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position, but Steve Lombardozzi‘s walk-off single served as the exclamation point of a 3-2 comeback victory over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Victory Field.
After being shut out on Monday, the RailRiders got on the board in the first by forcing Indians starting pitcher Chris Volstad to throw 23 early pitches. Ramon Flores‘ RBI single capped a scoring frame in which Scranton/Wilkes-Barre recorded three hits.
The RailRiders continued to jump on Volstad in the third, when they added to their lead with another run. Jose Pirela drew an one-out walk and stole second before Rob Refsnyder‘s two-out RBI double pushed Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s advantage to 2-0.
Volstad settled down from there and would turn in a great performance for the Indians, allowing two runs on seven hits and five strikeouts in seven innings of work. Indianapolis’ starter threw 108 pitches in the game, his most in a game since throwing 109 in a start with the Salt Lake Bees (Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) on August 11 of last year.
RailRiders starter Kyle Davies had to work hard as well, throwing 96 pitches in five innings on the hill. The Tribe threatened with runners on second and third on two occasions against Davies, but failed to score. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s starter gave up three hits and four walks overall, but continually avoided trouble and kept the Indians off of the scoreboard.
Chris Martin took over for Davies in the sixth, which is when Indianapolis began to chip away at their deficit. Jose Tabata led off the frame with a single and advanced to second on a fielding error by Flores in left, then moved to third on a John Bowker groundout before scoring on a RBI groundout by Tony Sanchez.
Martin would work a pair of innings, surrendering one run on one hit. Nick Goody replaced Martin in the eighth, when the Tribe brought home the game’s tying run.
Alen Hanson got the inning started with a single and just like in the sixth, he advanced to second on an error by Flores in the outfield. Keon Broxton followed by taking advantage of the miscue, shooting a RBI single to center to tie the game at two runs each.
Goody remained in the game in the ninth and would see the Indians waste no time in scoring again. Willy Garcia led off with a triple to left, just his second of the year, bringing Lombardozzi to the plate with a chance to get Indianapolis the victory. The Tribe’s left fielder would do just that, hitting a walk-off RBI single to lift the Indians to a 3-2 win.
After taking the first two games of the four-game set, the Tribe will face the RailRiders again on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is scheduled for 1:35 p.m. with Adrian Sampson (8-7, 3.75 ERA) penciled in to take the mound for Indianapolis.