Indians Explode with 7 Runs in the Fourth: Win 9-4 Over Columbus

Indianapolis Indians center fielder Jose Tabata extended his season-long, career high hit streak to 11 games on Tuesday night when he hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning. His round-tripper was a big part of the Tribes biggest offensive inning of the season. How big?…Huge.

Indianapolis put up 7 runs in the fourth inning against the International League West leading Columbus Clippers. Along with Tabata going deep, Indians designated hitter Brian Myrow, and left fielder Neil Walker, showed the crowd at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis last night their best home run trot in the fourth inning. The 7 runs for the Tribe last night proved to be enough for the win, which pushes their record to 5-8 on the season.

With the loss, the first place Clippers fall to 8-5 on the season, which includes an overall record of 2-3 against our Indy Indians. For Columbus, the loss goes to starter Hector Rondon (3.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO), who is now 0-1 on the season.

Last night’s starter for the Tribe, Donnie Veal (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO), was dealing after a shaky first inning in which he loaded the bases, but escaped unharmed. Veal’s victory last night pushes his record 1-1 on the season, and marks only the second victory accredited to an Indians starter so far this year.

The hits just kept coming for the home team in the 9-4 victory, as every Indians starter had at least one hit, and all but one batter scored at least one run.No one had a better night at the dish than first basemen Steve Pearce who went 3-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI.

Indianapolis Indians first basemen Steve Pearce adds an insurance run with a close play at the plate in the Tribe’s 9-4 victory last night at Victory Field.

When Pearce was asked about the team’s offensive eruption in the fourth, he said, “It’s lively in there. This is the kind of inning we’ve been waiting for for a while. We had some big hits tonight and it shows you what kind of offense we have. We have a really good offense and we got timely hits tonight. The pitching was great tonight. Everything went better when everything was clicking.”

While the Indians bullpen has been questionable most of the season, RHP Jeff Karstens (1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 SO), RHP Steven Jackson (1.0 IP) and in his first appearance in an Indians uniform, LHP Wil Ledezma (1.0 IP, 1 SO) combined to allow just one run on one hit over 3.1 innings of work for the Tribe.

The Tribe added two more runs in the bottom of the seventh to ease the collective minds of Indianapolis sports fans all over the Circle City with a couple of clutch two out hits.

The Indians close out their two-game series with Columbus early on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. The Clippers will call on RHP Jeanmar Gomez to toe the rubber, while the Indians have not yet named a starter.

The game can be heard on Indianapolis radio station WXLW-950 AM , or watched live on Comcast and Bright House Networks digital channel 81 with Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley giving you the play-by-play. The pre-game show on WXLW-950 AM begins at 10:40 a.m.

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Extra Game Notes

The Tribes three home runs in one inning was the first time the Indy Indians have accomplished the feat since July 20, 2008, in Columbus against the Clippers. It was the first time they have done it at home since July 31, 2007.

The three home runs brings Indianapolis’ total on the year to 16, which is good enough for the International League lead over Durham who have 14.

Indians first basemen Steve Pearce is off to incredible offensive start, that has him leading the International League in hits, doubles, total bases, slugging percentage and OPS. For a complete list of his stats, as well as all the IL league leaders, take a look here.