Kramer's Double Propels Indy to Win, IL West Lead
COLUMBUS, OHIO - Kevin Kramer broke a 1-1 tie with a two-out, two-run double in the top of the eighth as the Indianapolis Indians defeated the Columbus Clippers on Friday night, 3-1. The win moved the Tribe back into first place in the International League's West Division.
Kramer hit a decisive two-run homer in Thursday's win at Louisville, and he proved clutch again Friday for Indianapolis (26-18). Ke'Bryan Hayes began the rally with a one-out walk. One out later, Will Craig worked a free pass. That setup Kramer who lined a double to right-center field to plate both Hayes and Craig. It broke a 1-1 tie and proved to be the final runs of the game.
With Friday's effort, Kramer has now knocked in 10 runs over his last eight games, and he's driven in two in each of his last three starts. The last two contests also mark the first time Kramer has seen action in the outfield in his professional career.
A double play plated the Indians' first run in the third, and Columbus (26-19) scored their only run on Bobby Bradley's two-out solo homer in the fourth. The two starters dueled for most of the night as Indy's Dario Agrazal allowed just the Bradley homer in his six innings of work. He did not walk a batter and fanned four. Michael Peoples fired seven innings and allowed just one run while on the mound for the Clippers.
Tyler Lyons (2-0) relieved Agrazal with a runner aboard in the seventh, and he proceeded to strike out all three batters he faced to get out of the inning. He earned the win while Richard Rodriguez pitched the final two innings to record his first save since he joined Indianapolis' roster on Tuesday.
The triumph allowed Indy to leapfrog the Clippers in the standings of the International League's West Division. The Tribe now lead Columbus by a half game, with three contests left in the series in Central Ohio. Indianapolis will open play Saturday atop the division for the first time since April 17.
The two clubs will tangle again on Saturday night in game two of the series, first pitch is set for 7:15 p.m. Rookie Davis (1-3, 5.35) will start the game for Indianapolis. The team returns home to Victory Field on Tuesday, May 28.
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