Pimentel Guides Tribe Past Bats 4-1
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Tribe starter Stolmy Pimentel allowed just two hits over seven innings to earn his first career Triple-A victory, while center fielder Alex Presley and third baseman Jared Goedert each posted three-hit efforts as the Indianapolis Indians (56-31) took down the Louisville Bats (42-44) 4-1 on Tuesday night at Louisville Slugger Field.
After turning in back-to-back stellar starts to begin his Triple-A career, Pimentel struggled in his most recent outing, allowing six runs over just 5.0 innings of work on June 27 against Rochester. On Tuesday night, however, the young right hander proved that it was just a bump in the road, as he held the Louisville Bats to just two hits and no walks over 7.0 strong innings.
Pimentel (7.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 SO) at one point set down 12 straight Bats' batters with the only blemish against him coming on a second inning homer to CF Denis Phipps. With the superb effort, the young right hander now owns an impressive 2.88 ERA (8 ER in 25.0 IP) and has struck out 21 batters while walking only nine over his first four Triple-A outings.
Following Pimentel, Indians relievers Jose Contreras (1.0 IP, BB, SO) and Vic Black (1.0 IP, SO) combined for two hitless innings of relief to finish out the Tribe victory. For their efforts, Contreras earned his third hold of the season for the Indians, while Black notched his team-leading 13th save.
While Pimentel and company shut down Louisville's bats, the Tribe offense jumped out to an early lead and tacked on some late insurance scores on their way to the victory. CF Alex Presley and 3B Jared Goedert led the way for the Indians as each matched a season-best with three base knocks on the evening.
SS Chase d'Arnaud began the game with a bang as he belted a lead-off double, before stealing second to set the stage for Presley, who lined a single to left to give the Indians a quick 1-0 advantage. The first inning tally continued the Tribe's trend of early inning offensive outbursts as they have now outscored their opponents 65 to 35 in the opening inning this season.
Then after the solo shot from Phipps tied things up at 1-1, the Indians took the lead for good with a single score in the top of the third. Presley began the rally with a one single, before 1B Matt Hague drew a walk to push Presley to second, where Goedert brought him plateward with an RBI base knock to left.
Both pitching staffs settled in after the third, posting zeros in the fourth through seventh innings, until the Indians finally broke through with two insurance scores in the top of the eighth.
C Tony Sanchez led off the eighth with his 22nd double of the season, before Louisville reliever Jose Arredondo retired the next two Tribe batters. Pinch hitter Felix Pie, however, would come through in the clutch, lining a single to right to bring home Sanchez and extend the Indians advantage to 3-1.
Pie then stole his team-leading 28th and 29th base of the season, with his second swipe coming on ball four of a base-on-balls by d'Arnaud. Finally, Presley capped his big night and the Tribe's scoring with a line drive double to right to bring home Pie and give the game its final score of 4-1.
After allowing both early Indians scores, Louisville starter Chad Reineke (6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 7 SO) was pinned with the loss to fall to 7-5 on the season.
The Indians and Bats will now continue their short two-game series at Louisville Slugger Field on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. Indianapolis is expected to send RHP Graham Godfrey (6-4, 5.04 ERA) to the mound, while Louisville is scheduled to counter with RHP Yohan Pino (2-5, 3.81 ERA)
The game will be carried on WNDE 1260 AM, WNDE.com and via iheartradio, a mobile application for iPhone, Blackberry and Android phones with Howard Kellman and Will Flemming on the call. The pre-game show begins at 6:25 p.m.
Post-game quotes -- CF Alex Presley
(on his three-hit effort)
"It was a good night. First at-bat, Chase (Tribe SS Chase d'Arnaud) had a lead-off double and ended up stealing third, which allowed me to hit in that situation and I was able to get him in. Then I had a situation later with runners in scoring position and was able to knock another guy in. Anytime I am knocking in runners that are in scoring position, it's a good night."
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