Game 45: Bucs Done In by Five Run Fourth

Aaron Harang’s bat was the key to the game. Strange but true. Harang’s two out RBI single in the fourth kept the inning going and helped the Reds blow the game open with a five run outburst.

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2010 Draft Prospects Rundown 5/24

Here is a recap of how each player did this weekend.  You can click on their name to go to their draft tracker. BRYCE HARPER Harper’s stats haven’t been updated on the tracker, as CSN’s site hasn’t been updated.  However, Harper had a huge weekend, going 6-for-7 and hitting for the cycle on Friday, followed by a 6-for-6 day with four homers, a double, a triple, and ten RBIs on Saturday.  Think...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 5/24/10

INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS (AAA) Indianapolis lost to Gwinnett 6-5.  Michael Crotta struggled in his second start in a row, allowing five runs on nine hits in five innings of work, with two walks and four strikeouts.  Justin Thomas pitched an inning, allowing one run on two hits.  Vinnie Chulk pitched two shutout innings, allowing a hit, a walk, and striking out two.  Anthony Claggett pitched a perfect inning. Jose...

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Indians’ 9th-Inning Rally Falls Short


Gwinnett Braves �6, �Indianapolis Indians �5 (box)

IMG_3210A 9th-inning rally, sparked by a pair of Gwinnett errors, put the Indians within one run of tying the game. �The rally fell short, though, and the Braves held on to take the win at Victory Field on Monday night.

The Indians were trailing 6-3 going into the bottom of the 9th. �With Braves’ reliever Michael Dunn on the mound to begin his second inning, pinch-hitter Luke Carlin grounded to short, but SS Brandon Hick’s throw to first was low and short, and Carlin was safe at first on the error. �Dunn was removed, and reliever Stephen Marek came in from the bullpen to take care of the Indians. �CF Jose Tabata greeted Marek with a line drive into center field, moving Carlin to second base. �2B Neil Walker was next, and he had the crowd holding its breath for a moment with a long fly ball to left-center, but it turned out to be only a long out. �1B Brian Myrow did what he does best — get on base, somehow, some way. �This time it was by working the count full, fouling off another pitch, and taking a walk to load the bases.

That brought up 3B Pedro Alvarez (photo).�Alvarez bounced the 1-0 pitch to first base, for what should have been an easy out at first. �But Braves’ 1B Freddie Freeman charged the slow roller and missed. �It looked like he was already thinking about how he was going to throw to the plate before he actually had the ball in his glove. �The ball went under his glove and skipped down the line about 12 – 15 feet behind first base. �Carlin scored easily from third, and Tabata also scored as Freeman had to reverse and chase down the ball. �Both runs were unearned, and Alvarez was credited with one RBI.

IMG_3262Now the Indians were with in one run, 6-5, and C Erik Kratz came to the plate. �Kratz already had a single in the game, and he’d walked twice. �But this time, he grounded a 0-2 pitch to short, and SS Brandon Hicks began a 6-4-3 double play that ended the rally and the game.

The Indians had scored first, back in the bottom of the 1st inning. �Jose Tabata led off by slipping a grounder through the right side of the infield for a single. �Neil Walker lined a double into right field, sending Tabata to third base. �1B Brian Myrow (photo) grounded to first base, and the Braves conceded the run to get the out, as Tabata scored from third. �Pedro Alvarez brought in Walker, who had advanced to third base on Myrow’s play, with a sacrifice fly. �The throw from Gwinnett’s CF Jordan Schafer came in high and up the third base line, and Walker scored easily. �The Indians had a 2-0 lead.

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Pearce leaves game with ankle injury

Steve Pearce left Monday’s game with a sprained ankle. He will have an MRI on Tuesday.

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