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AZL Indians fall in season finale, 8-1

AZL Indians fall in season finale, 8-1
August 29, 2012
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GOODYEAR – The AZL Indians ended their season with a thud as they played an uninspired game against the visiting Brewers and lost 8-1.

The Indians got on the board in the first inning as shortstop Jairo Kelly drew a one out walk and then stole second for his third steal of the season. He later scored on a one our single to left by catcher Nelson Rodriguez.

That was the only highlight of the afternoon for the Indians as they managed just the one run on six hits and they also committed four errors.

Righty Kieran Lovegrove got the start for the Indians but was only able to go one inning and allowed two runs on two walks and a hit. He made it out of the first inning unscathed, but after the first three batters reached in the second inning he was removed from the game. Righty Thomas White relied Lovegrove and did a nice job limited the damage allowing one inherited runner to score and throwing four shutout innings overall allowing just two hits, no walks, and had four strikeouts. 

The Brewers held a tight 2-1 advantage going into the top of the seventh when they blew the game wide open with a six run inning. All six runs were charged to righty Dillon Howard who had come on in relief for White in the top of the sixth inning. Howard ran into trouble in the seventh allowing six runs, four of which were earned. In his two innings of work he allowed six hits and did not walk anyone while striking out four.

With the conclusion of the season some players will continue to filter onto the short season Single-A Mahoning Valley, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina rosters. Others will go home for a short time before returning to Arizona for Instructional League in two weeks.

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