AZL Indians win thriller in 11 innings
GOODYEAR – The AZL Indians officially began their post-Dorssys Paulino phase with a win on Tuesday night as they defeated the visiting AZL Dodgers by a final score of 7-6 in 11 innings.
Paulino was called up to Mahoning Valley on Tuesday, but his former teammates put forth a strong effort to get the win. The offense was paced by rehabbing outfielder LeVon Washington who went 3-for-3 with a stolen base and two RBI, and on the mound the game featured the return of right-hander Hector Rondon who started and pitched one shutout inning.
The Indians got things started in the bottom of the first inning with a two out single to right by Washington. After a walk to third baseman Jorge Martinez, Washington stole third base and scored on a throwing error by the catcher to put the Indians up 1-0 after one inning.
The Dodgers jumped on Alexis Paredes for four runs in the second and third inning to go up 4-1, but in the bottom of the third inning Washington got into the mix again with a two out single to score shortstop Juan Herrera from second base to close within 4-2 of the Dodgers after three innings.
The Dodgers scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to go up 6-2, but from there on out it was all Indians. They got right back into it with a three run fifth inning. Herrera started things off by drawing a one out walk, designated hitter Tyler Booth followed with a single to right, and then second baseman Claudio Bautista reached on an error to load the bases with one out. Washington singled home Herrera and then Martinez singled home Booth and Bautista to bring the score to 6-5 after five innings.
The Indians tied the game up in the bottom of the sixth inning by an unconventional method. First baseman Nelson Rodriguez tripled to right with one out and then scored on a Herrera single to left.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the 11th inning. Rodriguez led the inning off with a walk and then was replaced by pinch runner Manuel Boscan. Left fielder D’Vone McClure executed a sacrifice bunt to push Boscan to second base. Boscan then stole third base and scored the winning run on a throwing error by the catcher.
The AZL Indians are off on Wednesday and return to action Thursday night when they take on the AZL Dodgers in Glendale. Right-hander Mitch Brown is expected to get the start for the Indians.
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