Indians Held To 2 Hits in Shutout

Indians Held To 2 Hits in Shutout

Mike Crotta (photo) made the start for the Indians.� He gave up only two runs (one earned) on 8 hits and a walk, with 3 strikeouts in 6.1 innings, but without run support, his effort was not enough.� Bulls' RF Justin Ruggiano was a big thorn in Crotta's side, as he went 4-for-4 in the game.� Ruggiano singled in the 1st inning, but Crotta left him on base.� Ruggiano picked up the RBI on the Bull's first run in the 3rd inning.� After former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak reached base on a throwing error by Pedro Ciriaco at short, Furmaniak stole second base, then advanced to third on a ground out.� Ruggiano slipped a single through the hole and into left field, driving in Furmaniak, to give the Bulls a 1-0 lead.

The Bulls scored again in the 5th, and again it was Ruggiano who had the RB...

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Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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