Monday, August 19, 2013

Félix Pie hits home run in Tribe 6-2 lose to Indians

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Haitian Left fielder Felix Pie launched a solo shot for the Tribe's first homer in its last 10 games, but it wasn't nearly enough as opposing starter Jeff Mandel allowed just one run through 7.0 innings to pilot the Syracuse Chiefs (61-71) to a 6-2 win over the Indianapolis Indians (73-58) on Monday night at NBT Bank Stadium. Despite the defeat, the Tribe's Magic Number to clinch the International League West Division still dropped to four courtesy of Columbus' loss to Norfolk.
Indianapolis' bats never quite got it going against opposing righty Mandel (W, 7.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 6 SO), who allowed just six hits through his 7.0 frames of one-run ball. The starter was in control from his opening pitch and mowed through the first 10 Tribe batters before ever allowing a baserunner. Even then, Mandel induced an inning-ending twin killing to face the minimum amount of batters through the first 13 outs, and just one batter over the minimum through the opening 5.1 innings.

Mandel's lone blemish in his first four nearly perfect frames came via a one-out single from SS Robert Andino. Though the base knock didn't cause any damage in the big scheme of the game, it gave Andino hits in 12 of his first 15 games with the Tribe, and 20 overall in that span.

Syracuse matched Andino's base knock with two far bigger one of their own in the home half of the fourth. CF Corey Brown marked the first of three straight Chiefs batters to reach base as he doubled to right in front of a walk from 1B Chris Marrero, before 2B Will Rhymes put the game out of a reach with a towering two-run blast that gave the home team a 3-0 lead.

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