#Indianapolis #Indiana – The Tribe closed their regular season at home Saturday night with a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Clippers, and a 5-year record high fan attendance. The Tribe now stands at 72-70 for the season, and are currently in second place in the International League West (second only to Clippers themselves, who stand at 77-65).
After seven shutout innings, the Indians rallied in the bottom of the eighth, first tying the Clippers 2-2, then pulling ahead by two. The last run was an RBI by the 2014 Indians MVP Gregory Polanco, marking his 51st RBI in a total of 64 Triple-A games.
A crowd of 15,250 were on hand as the Indianapolis Indians hosted the Clippers in their last home game of the regular season. This broke the single-game attendance record that was set in August of 2o09. The stands were sold out, and the lawn was full of fans enjoying the fun that is an Indians game. There were t-shirts launched into the crowd, there were beach balls tossed, there were free coupons for sandwiches passed out. Crowds did the wave and sounded like thunder when the rally at the bottom of the eighth pushed the Tribe into the lead. The Clippers were scoreless at the top of the ninth, which then led to the Victory Bell being rung loudly so that it could be heard throughout the stadium.
After the game, the team literally handed some lucky fans “the shirt off our backs”. Autographed jerseys were awarded to fans who had their names drawn. Last night’s game was the highest attended game of the 2014 season and it put the attendance for 2014 ahead of the previous 1998 record. A total of 660,289 fans have enjoyed a game this season, surpassing any total season attendance record in recent history.
The Tribe travels to Louisville today to take on the Bats in the season closer.