Indy Races Back into First with Triumph over Columbus
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Will Craig collected three hits and drove in three runs as the Indianapolis Indians raced past the Columbus Clippers on Sunday afternoon, 11-5. Seven different Tribe hitters knocked in runs as Indy regained first place in the International League's West Division.
It was Columbus (27-20) who opened the game's scoring on Adam Rosales' home run in the bottom of the first, but Indianapolis (27-19) quickly tied the game in the second. Craig led off and was hit by a pitch, he later scored when JB Shuck doubled to right-center field.
The Indians gained the lead in the top of the third. Corey Dickerson, on a rehab assignment from the Pittsburgh Pirates, knocked in the first run of the frame with a single. Craig and Pablo Reyes would each drive one run home later in the inning to give Indy a 4-1 lead.
Reyes furthered the Indians' advantage with a double in the fifth that scored Kevin Kramer. Eric Wood led off the sixth inning with a home run, and Craig blasted a one-out solo homer in the seventh.
Columbus trimmed Indy's lead to three runs with a three-run seventh, but Indianapolis put the game out of reach with four in the eighth. After Jason Martin hit a sacrifice fly to center field, Ke'Bryan Hayes hit his league-leading 18th double of the year drive in Wood. One batter later, Craig capped the inning and his big day with a double to score two runs.
Luis Escobar opened the game in a spot start and worked four innings. He allowed just one run. Tyler Lyons entered the game in the ninth and the bases loaded, but he retired all three batters he faced and picked up the victory.
The Indians will look to win the four-game series in the finale on Monday afternoon. First pitch is set for 2:05 p.m., and Alex McRae (4-2, 5.18) is set to take the mound for Indy. The team returns home to Victory Field on Tuesday, May 28 to open a six-game homestand.
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