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Indians suffer 4-2 setback to Lehigh Valley

May 26, 2008 - International League (IL1)
Indianapolis Indians News Release


ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Left-hander J.A. Happ allowed just one run over seven innings to help Lehigh Valley post a 4-2 victory over Indianapolis Monday evening at Coca-Cola Park.

The first-year IronPigs improve to 16-36 overall and 11-14 at home, while the Indians slip to 25-27 on the season and 13-15 on the road.

Happ (7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO) improved to 2-4 with the win. Happ started the game by retiring seven straight and received late-inning help from RHP Matt Childers (2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO), who registered his seventh save of the campaign.

Lehigh Valley used a balanced attack to plate runs in the first, fourth, fifth and eighth frames. 3B Mike Cervenak (3-for-4), 1B Andy Tracy (2-for-3, 1 R, 2 RBI) and C Jason Jaramillo (2-for-4, 2 R) all picked up multi-hit games for the IronPigs.

Tracy brought CF Rich Thompson to the dish with a single to center in the first, while 2B Oscar Robles plated Jaramillo with a base knock to left in the fourth.

Tracy clobbered his ninth homer of the season -- a lead-off shot to center -- in the fifth. Jaramillo then collected his second double and second run, trotting home on RF Javon Moran's double to left in the eighth.

C Michel Hernandez (2-for-4, 1 R) and 3B Neil Walker (2-for-4, 1 R) notched multi-hit games for Indianapolis.

Hernandez singled to left and eventually scored on SS Josh Wilson's single to center in the fifth. Walker then roped a lead-off double to right in the ninth and eventually scored on PH Nyjer Morgan's base knock to right.

Indians RHP Jason Davis (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 SO) fell to 2-6 with the loss. Davis has posted a 2.92 ERA (8 ER in 24.2 IP) over his last four starts, but has gone 0-3 during the stretch.

Tribe CF Andrew McCutchen extended his hitting streak to eight tilts with a single to left center in the eighth.

Childers played in Indianapolis as a Milwaukee Brewers Minor Leaguer from 2002-04, while Thompson played in Indy as a Pittsburgh Pirates farmhand from 2005-06.

The Indians and IronPigs were squaring off for the first time ever. The Philadelphia Phillies moved their Triple-A affiliate from Ottawa to Lehigh Valley (Allentown, Pa.) prior to the 2008 season.

The teams continue their four-game series on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. RHP Ty Taubenheim is scheduled to start for Indianapolis, while LHP Brian Mazone is expected to get the nod for Lehigh Valley.

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 6:45 p.m.

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Post-game quotes -- INF Neil Walker

(on playing at Coca-Cola Park) "The fans at Coca-Cola Park are great, and it's a nice atmosphere to play in. The facility is certainly enjoyable, and it's unfortate we only come here once each season."

(on the short lights at Coca-Cola Park) "The short lights definitely cost us a run in the eighth inning, but there's nothing we can do about it now. Our outfielders were having a tough time on balls hit deep. Our infielders were trying to help those guys, but you have to see the ball off the bat or you may never find it."


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