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Delgado takes loss in 1st Gwinnett start of 2012

POSTED: July 16, 2012 11:50 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Indianapolis Indians rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Gwinnett Braves, 7-5, in the first game of a four-game series at Victory Field on Monday night. The defeat was the fourth in a row for Gwinnett and spoiled the 2012 Triple-A debut of starting pitcher Randall Delgado, who picked up the loss.

In the bottom of the fifth, clinging to a 4-3 lead, Delgado gave up the eventual winning runs. With one out, the right-hander hit Jose Tabata with a pitch and then gave up a single to Chase d’Arnaud putting runners on first and second. The No. 2 prospect in minor league baseball Starling Marte followed with a three-run blast to center giving the Indians a two-run cushion, 6-4, that would buoy them past Gwinnett.

Delgado (L, 0-1) went five innings for the loss, giving up six hits and six earned runs, walking one, striking out five and allowing two home runs. Cole McCurry worked a scoreless sixth and seventh inning, giving up three hits with one strikeout. Dusty Hughes gave up two hits and one earned run in his one inning of work, as he walked one and struck out one.

Delgado, who had pitched three solid innings, ran into trouble in the bottom of the fourth. Marte led off with a double to left center and moved to third on an infield single by Jeff Clement. Yamaico Navarro drove in Marte with a sacrifice fly to center to cut the G-Braves’ lead to 4-1. Then with two outs, Tony Sanchez (5) socked a two-run homer to right that cut the lead to 4-3.

At the plate, Gwinnett was lead by Jose Constanza, Ernesto Mejia, J.C. Boscan and Terry Tiffee who all had two hits in the game.

The Gwinnett (44-53) road trip continues Tuesday night at Victory Field in Indianapolis (60-36). Gwinnett will have left-hander Yohan Flande (3-7, 4.37) on the mound against former Braves’ farmhand and current Indian left-hander Jeff Locke (7-5, 2.95).


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