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Tribe Comeback Falters against Bulls in Extra Innings

July 19, 2019 - International League (IL) - Indianapolis Indians News Release

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indians strung together a comeback after trailing 3-1, capped by a Ke'Bryan Hayes shot through the infield to tie the game in the eighth, but couldn't follow through in extra innings to drop the first game of the series against Durham, 4-3.

Jason Martin had the Indians' lone multi-hit game of the night, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. The Tribe outhit the Bulls 7-4 in the contest and left eight runners on, six of which came in the final three innings. Cleanup hitter Will Craig stranded two runners in scoring position with two outs.

Kean Wong and Erik Gonzalez exchanged solo home runs in the opening frame, and the score remained 1-1 into the seventh until Kevin Padlo blasted a two-out, two-run shot to left to knock Tribe starter Alex McRae out of the game. The long ball was Padlo's first in three career Triple-A games.

Indianapolis (48-49) cut the deficit in half after the stretch on a two-out, run-scoring single by Jason Martin, but the speedster was caught stealing to end the threat. In its next offensive half inning, Trayvon Robinson roped a double down the right field line. With one out, Ke'Bryan Hayes singled through the infield and brought Robinson home, but Gonzalez was caught at third on the throw for the second out and Craig was called out on strikes to leave the game tied.

Durham (59-40) took advantage of the free runner at second base to open up extra innings. A wild pitch moved Jesus Sanchez to third, and a one-out single brought him in to score. The Tribe stranded runners at first and third with one out on consecutive pitches to close out the game.

Tyler Lyons (L, 4-2) shut down the Bulls on three called strikeouts in the ninth but couldn't hold his dominance in the 10th. He combined with Montana DuRapau for five strikeouts in 3.1 innings.

Jake Faria (W, 6-2) gave up one run on three hits, allowing Indy to tie the game before he shut down a threat in the ninth. Hoby Milner earned his sixth save of the season by holding the Tribe scoreless in the 10th.

The Indians and Bulls meet again on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET. Cam Vieaux (2-1, 5.53) will start for Indy against Arturo Reyes (3-2, 3.38).

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