Ramirez Strong but 'Pigs Top Indians, 3-2

Tribe starter ties season high with nine punchouts

Yefry Ramirez tied his season-high of nine strikeouts in the Tribe's 3-2 loss to Lehigh Valley on Saturday. (Photo by Alex Leachman)

By Cheyne Reiter / Indianapolis Indians | August 17, 2019 9:56 PM

INDIANAPOLIS - Yefry Ramirez struck out nine over six innings of two-run ball but Ramon Rosso, Tyler Gilbert and Edgar Garcia combined on a four-hitter as Lehigh Valley won their third straight over Indianapolis, 3-2, on Saturday night. Francisco Cervelli launched a 432-foot solo shot in the ninth to produce the final margin.

Lehigh Valley (60-63) handed the Tribe their fourth straight defeat as Indianapolis fell to a season-low four games under .500. The IronPigs plated two runs in the second off Ramirez to go up 2-0. Jose Pirela reached on an infield single to begin the frame and later stole second base. Malquin Canelo then walked ahead of a sacrifice bunt by Rosso, and former Indian Phil Gosselin capitalized with two men in scoring position, lining a two-run single to left.

Indy (60-64) cut its deficit in half in the fourth. Cervelli was hit by pitch and advanced to second on a slow comebacker by Ke'Bryan Hayes. Following a Trayvon Robinson single to right, Jake Elmore plated Cervelli with a groundout to short.

The score remained that way until the ninth. The IronPigs tacked on a big insurance run against Sean Keselica, who surrendered two hits and two walks in the frame, the latter to Gosselin that forced home the decisive run. Cervelli's solo homer opened the bottom half and Elmore added a two-out single, but Darnell Sweeney went down swinging to seal the defeat.

Ramirez (L, 2-5) tied his season high in strikeouts and yielded just two hits and three walks. He retired each of the last 13 batters he faced. Rosso (W, 2-2) fanned eight over six innings of two-hit ball. Garcia (S, 8) worked the ninth for the save.

Robinson collected two of Indy's four hits. The 31-year-old is hitting .360 (18-for-50) over his last 15 games.

The Indians and IronPigs conclude their four-game set on Sunday at 1:35 p.m. ET. James Marvel (4-0, 1.82) will oppose Damon Jones (0-1, 8.69).

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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