Cats' error in favour of Tribe

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:30 AM ET

Indians 5, Lynx 4

This time, there was no miracle comeback for the Lynx.

Unlike Tuesday, when Ottawa was able to win the game in extra innings after rallying to tie it in the bottom of the ninth, the Indianapolis Indians were able to hold on for a 5-4 victory.

The Indians' Chris Duffy scored the winning run in the top of the eighth inning after Lynx third baseman Napoleon Calzado was unable to cleanly field a groundball from Graham Koonce, allowing Duffy to cross the plate in front of 1,881 at Lynx Stadium.

The unearned run proved costly as the Lynx' battle to stay alive in the playoff race in the International League's North Division.

The Lynx, however, did their best to make things interesting in their half of the ninth. But with Ed Rogers and Calzado aboard, Kris Wilken popped out to left to end the game.

"We played our (butts) off," said Lynx manager Dave Trembley. "They had the bases loaded (in the seventh) and we were able to pitch our way out of it. We had two on in the bottom of the ninth with the right people up and we just weren't able to get the run across.

"We gave ourselves a chance to win that game and I thought it was a heck of a ball game. (Calzado) just made a mistake and that happens. That was a well-played game between two good teams."

Lynx slugger Walter Young tied the game 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth with a towering home run that hit the pole in left field and probably travelled more than 420 feet.

"That was a 3-0 count and I was swinging if there was anything across the plate," said Young. "(Mike Connolly) just put it right there and that one felt pretty good.

"We had the chance in the ninth, we just weren't able to get it done. That game could have gone either way."

The game was delayed in the middle of the fourth after home-plate umpire David Riley was injured after being hit by a pitch. Second-base umpire Paul Chandler then took over behind the plate.

Ottawa RHP John Maine (6-6, 3.66 ERA) will be on the mound for today's Canada Day special at 1:05 against Indianapolis starter Justin Reid (6-3, 5.43).


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