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Pigs Don't Fly: Indians Win in Walk-Off Fashion over Lehigh Valley

August 8, 2018 - International League (IL) - Indianapolis Indians News Release


INDIANAPOLIS - Jason Martin snapped a 0-for-16 skid with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to send the Indians past the IronPigs, 4-3, Wednesday afternoon. The victory was Indy's 12th in its last 16 games and moved them a season-high 13 games over .500.

For a second straight ballgame, the Indians (64-51) never trailed but were forced to hold off the pesky IL North Division-leading IronPigs (70-45). Martin's single through a drawn-in infield in the ninth scored Eric Wood, who had hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on an Alfredo Reyes sacrifice bunt.

The Tribe jumped on the 'Pigs and right-hander Drew Anderson early with a pair of two-out runs. Pablo Reyes smacked a double into the left-center alley and was along for the ride moments later on Ryan Lavarnway's ninth long ball of the season.

Lehigh Valley chipped away at the deficit, scoring one in the third on a Joey Meneses single before leveling the score at 2-2 on a home run by former Indian Danny Ortiz in the fourth.

Indy regained control in the fifth thanks to a pair of singles by Wyatt Mathisen and Max Moroff, which eventually led to a Jerrick Suiter pinch-hit sacrifice fly.

Jesus Liranzo (H, 2) took over for Nick Kingham and pitched two shutout frames to keep the Indians' 3-2 advantage, including three punchouts in a 1-2-3 seventh.

Damien Magnifico saw his scoreless streak end at a career-high 19.1 innings when he allowed a game-tying RBI double to Ortiz in the eighth, but Martin's clutch hit gave Indy the last laugh.

Less than 24 hours after both Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings hit for the cycle, Lavarnway fell just a triple shy of the feat by going 3-for-4 with a homer, double and two RBI.

Mathisen extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games in the win.

The Indians and IronPigs conclude their three-game set on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. EDT. Right-hander Mitch Keller (0-2, 7.99) will square off against righty Tom Eshelman (2-10, 5.48).


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