Best Games, No. 7: Barnes' Sacrifice Fly Lifts Tribe in Extras

Indians score eighth consecutive win with sweep of Hens

Barrett Barnes received a postgame Gatorade bath following his walk-off sacrifice fly on May 21 vs. Toledo. (Photo by Adam Pintar)

By Cheyne Reiter / Indianapolis Indians | October 26, 2017 5:39 PM ET

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Indians capped their season-best winning streak of eight games in style with a walk-off winner on May 21 against the Toledo Mud Hens. After falling behind in the eighth inning momentarily, the Indians rallied and eventually won the game 3-2 in 11 innings thanks to a Barrett Barnes sacrifice fly.

 

Seeking a four-game sweep of their division rivals, the Tribe took the lead in the second on a leadoff home run by Eric Wood. The 24-year-old's towering blast to left-center sailed over 420 feet off Toledo right-hander William Cuevas.

 

Tribe hurler Steven Brault shut down the visitors over seven innings, limiting the Hens to three hits and a walk with four punchouts. He departed with a 1-0 advantage, but Toledo immediately rallied in the eighth to take a 2-1 lead.

 

In that half-inning, Brendan Ryan doubled off Dovydas Neverauskas and raced home on a game-tying knock by JaCoby Jones. Argenis Diaz then slashed a run-scoring double into the right-field corner.

 

Indy didn't trail for long, however, thanks to a one-out solo homer off the bat of Jason Rogers in the bottom of the eighth.

 

The Mud Hens threatened to retake the lead in the 10th on another leadoff two-bagger by Ryan, but he was stranded at third as Edgar Santana struck out both Jones and Diaz swinging.

 

Cody Dickson pitched a spotless 11th before singles by Joey Terdoslavich and Jacob Stallings set up Barnes' walk-off sacrifice fly to right-center in the bottom half.

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

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