INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Indians surged past the Durham Bulls thanks to the long ball on a windy Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field. On June 28, the Tribe overcame a 2-0 deficit as four individuals blasted home runs en route to the 11-6 triumph.
The eventual Triple-A National Champions grabbed the early advantage, taking a 1-0 lead just two pitches into the game on a leadoff homer by Johnny Field. Tribe starter Clay Holmes kept the Bulls in check until the fourth when a single and stolen base by Willy Adames set up a run-scoring knock off the bat of Mike Marjama.
Indy's offense awoke in the bottom of the fourth on Eric Wood's ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot that leveled the score at 2-2. Erich Weiss followed suit with a solo shot onto the grass berm in right to give the Tribe the lead for good.
The Indians piled on four runs in the fifth to go up 7-2, three coming on a Danny Ortiz one-out rocket that cleared the right-field wall.
Adames took Josh Lindblom deep in the sixth to make it a 7-3 ballgame, but a Eury Perez RBI single and Christopher Bostick run-scoring groundout pushed Indy's lead to a game-high six.
Durham plated another run in the seventh, but Jason Rogers greeted Chih-Wei Hu after the stretch with a solo home run to left that gave Indy a 10-4 cushion. Rogers then hit one of four Tribe singles in the eighth to cap the 11-6 final.
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