Tribe Walk-Off After Five-Run Comeback

The Indians avoided a four-game sweep with a walk-off single

Ke'Bryan Hayes hit his ninth home run of the season, a three-run shot, to tie Sunday's game against Lehigh Valley. (Photo by Austin Friedline)

By Anna Kayser / Indianapolis Indians | August 18, 2019 6:03 PM

INDIANAPOLIS - Ke'Bryan Hayes sent his ninth home run of the year 386 feet out to left field to seal the Tribe's five-run comeback in the ninth inning to tie up Sunday's game against Lehigh Valley. Christian Kelley then knocked in the winning run with a one-out single in the 10th inning to defeat the IronPigs, 8-7, in the Indians' fourth walk-off win of the season.

The Indians (61-64) were handed a season-high-tying nine walks in the game, all of which came in three innings. Their first four runs came via three bases-loaded walks and a wild pitch before Hayes' long ball capitalized on the opportunity.

Phil Gosselin led off the game with a triple down the left field line, his first of the day. He scored on a sacrifice fly before Austin Listi drove in two more with a two-out double, giving Lehigh Valley an early 3-0 lead. Listi struck again in the third with a two-run homer, capping off his four-RBI day.

Jake Elmore went 2-for-3 in the game and was the Tribe's first baserunner of the game in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch. He came around to score on the Tribe's first run of the night.

Elmore and Martin had back-to-back hits in the fifth to break the IronPigs' no-hitter, and JB Shuck scored the second run with yet another bases-loaded walk.

Lehigh Valley (60-64) extended the score to 7-2 in the sixth with Gosselin's second triple and a follow-up double by Ali Castillo. After tallying 10 hits in the first six innings, the IronPigs offense shut down and only recorded one hit in the final four innings.

Four straight walks in the top of the ninth set up Indy for one last shot at tying the game with Hayes at the plate, down by four. A wild pitch drove in Hunter Owen from third, and on the fifth pitch he saw, Hayes knotted the game at 7-7 with one swing of the bat.

Geoff Hartlieb (W, 4-0) came into the game for the 10th and shut down the IronPigs in order to strand the automatic runner and put his team one-run away.

Will Craig opened the bottom of the 10th on second base and was moved over to third by a Darnell Sweeney sacrifice bunt. With one down, Christian Kelley swung on the first pitch and sent a single into left field to walk-off the game.

Connor Brogdon (BS, 3) came in relief of JD Hammer with the bases loaded and surrendered the home run to Hayes. Tyler Gilbert (L, 1-3) allowed the Tribe's final run.

The Indians begin a four-game set with Toledo tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. ET. Brandon Waddell (2-5, 8.88) is set to take the mound against Tim Adleman (6-4, 3.55).

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

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