Indianapolis, IN- Tonight the Bats began the first road game of the seven-game road series against the Indianapolis Indians. The Bats were tied with Indians in the third but began to struggle in the sixth giving up three runs. The Bats could not regain the lead falling to the Indians 8-3.
The Bats put up a run in the third. Luis Bolivar blasted a hit to centerfield for a triple. Scott Rolen, who started his ML rehab assignment today, batted Bolivar in on a single to center.
The Indians were able to tie it up in the third. Indians' pitcher Daniel McCutchen singled on a bunt to Bats' pitcher Matt Klinker. Then Jose Tabata hit one out to right field for a double, advancing McCutchen to third.
Pedro Lopez grounded out to first scoring McCutchen.
The Indians were able to get three in the sixth. Pedro Lopez and Bryan Myrow started the inning off with a singles. Tagg Bozied scored Lopez on a single to right field and advanced Myrow to third. Then Bozied stole second while Neil Walker was batting. Walker hit one to left field for a double scoring Myrow and Bozied for a strong lead of 4-1.
Trying to rally, the Bats were able to get one in the seventh. Chris Valaika singled to third and advanced to second on a Chris Denove sacrifice bunt. Pinch hitter Danny Dorn sent Valaika home on a line to right field.
Pedro Viola came in to pitch in the seventh and gave up four. Viola started the inning by giving up a two-run home run by Myrow. Then Jeff Clement and Bozied were walked. Enerio Del Rosario came in to relieve Viola. Rosario's wild pitch to Neil Walker advanced both runners. Walker then blasted another to right field for his second double of the night scoring both runners.
Trailing by six in the eighth, Darnell McDonald was walked. Juan Francisco followed when he belted one out to left field for a triple scoring McDonald. The Bats were not able to regain the lead taking the loss of 8-3.
Juan Francisco has now had five multi-hit games and is hitting a solid .435 for the Bats. ML rehabber Scoot Rolen went 2-3 tonight with the Bats. He produced two singles and an RBI.
Matt Klinker(1-2, 3.22) made his fourth trip to the mound for the Bats tonight. He started out strong but trailed off. He gave up seven hits, four runs, all earned, walked two and struck out eight.
Indians' Daniel McCutchen(13-6, 3.36) had a stellar night. With his win tonight he is now the International League's leader in victories, tied with Louisville's Justin Lehr who is currently with the Cincinnati Reds. He went seven innings, gave up two runs, walked one and struck out eight.
The Bats will resume play in Indy at 7:15pm. Sam LeCure(9-6, 4.24) will start for the Bats and Ty Taubenheim (5-8, 3.89) will take the mound for the Indians.