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Duo Doubles Up Tribe In Toledo 7-3 Victory

May 15, 2010 - International League (IL) - Indianapolis Indians News Release

TOLEDO, Ohio -- Center fielder Ryan Raburn and first baseman Jeff Larish combined to go 5-for-8 with five doubles, four runs and four RBI as the Toledo Mud Hens plated five runs over the first two frames and defeated the Indianapolis Indians 7-3 on Saturday night at Fifth Third Field.

With the loss the Indians fall to 20-16 on the season, while the win pushes the Mud Hens back over the .500 mark at 19-18. The victory for Toledo evens the series at one game apiece and improves their record to 6-2 against the Tribe this season.

The Mud Hens quickly jumped out to an early lead in their half of the first as 2B Will Rhymes led off with a single, stole second, moved to third on an Indians' throwing error, and came around to score on a double by Raburn. Larish immediately brought home Raburn with a two-bagger of his own in what would turn out to be the beginning of a night of double destruction by the duo.

Larish would also score in the first on a two-out single by 3B Max Leon to give the Mud Hens a 3-0 lead after just one inning of play. However, Toledo wasn't finished with their early inning explosion as they tacked on two more tallies in the second on a lead-off home run by RF Ben Guez and another RBI double by Raburn.

The longball for Guez was his first at the Triple-A level and the fifth for Toledo in eight games against the Tribe this season.

The Indians did finally get on the board in the third when C Luke Carlin, led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a Mud Hens' throwing error and trotted home on a groundout by SS Brian Friday. However, Toledo quickly answered back with two more runs in the fifth as for the second time on the evening Raburn and Larish belted back to back two-baggers before C Max St. Pierre capped the scoring with a base hit that plated Larish.

Indianapolis tried to speed their way back into the game in the seventh as 3B Pedro Alvarez led off with a triple and scored on a throwing error before 1B Brian Myrow and DH Brandon Jones moved into scoring position with a double steal. Despite Carlin coming through in the clutch with an RBI single that scored Myrow, the Mud Hens quickly quelled all hopes of a Tribe comeback as Raburn came up with a catch and throw double play from center to end the Indians' scoring threat.

Former Indians' hurler Phil Dumatrait (6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 SO) was solid over six innings for the Mud Hens as he allowed just one earned run on three hits to earn the victory and improve to 4-1 on the season. Toledo relievers Daniel Schlereth (2.0 IP, 2 H, 3 SO) and Jay Sborz (1.0 IP, 1 SO) came on and shut down the Tribe with three scoreless innings of combined relief.

Indianapolis starter Daniel McCutchen (6.0 IP, 12 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO) was pinned with the loss to drop to 2-2 on the season after he surrendered a season high seven runs on 12 hits over six innings of work.

A bright spot for the Indians was reliever Justin Thomas (2.0 IP, 4 SO), who struck out four over two perfect innings of relief, including striking out the side in the seventh. Thomas may have actually received some cheers from the rival crowd as friends and family were on hand to support the Tribe left hander, who was born in Toledo and grew up just 15 minutes away from Fifth Third Field.

The two teams continue their four game series on Sunday May 16 at 2:10 p.m. RHP Hayden Penn is expected to get the call for Indianapolis, while RHP Alfredo Figaro is the probable starter for Toledo.

The contest will be carried by WXLW-950 AM and www.IndyIndians.com with Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley. The pre-game show begins at 1:50 p.m.


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