Monday, May 13, 2013

Félix Pie grand slam powers Tribe past Mud Hens 8-5

INDIANAPOLIS -- Left fielder Felix Pie cleared the bases with the Tribe's first grand slam at Victory Field since August 6, 2011 in the bottom of the second inning to help power the Indianapolis Indians (26-11) past the Toledo Mud Hens (10-27) on Saturday night at Victory Field. With the win, the Indians are now off to their best home start in the Victory Field era (since 1996) at 16-3.
Pie not only blasted a grand slam on Saturday night, but also added a double and walk, while scoring two runs to continue his blazing start to the month of May. After hitting just .172 with no home runs and only one RBI over 18 games in the month of April, Pie has flipped the script by hitting .323 (11-for-34) with five runs, three home runs, 11 RBI and five steals in 10 games during the season's second month.

The former Chicago Cubs top prospect began the night by lining a double to right with two outs in the bottom of the first, before being brought plateward when 1B Matt Hague followed with a base hit to left. The base knock for Hague not only gave the Tribe an early 1-0 lead, but also extended the Tribe first baseman's on-base streak to 18 straight games.

Indianapolis kept the offensive outburst rolling into the second inning as RF Jerry Sands and C Lucas May each singled to put runners on the corners with one out. 2B Ivan DeJesus then plated the game's second score when he reached on a fielder's choice that allowed Sands to cross the plate to extend the Indians advantage to 2-0.

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