Tides Wash Over Indians
Dana Eveland, fresh off the Disabled List, came on in relief of Powell.� Eveland got Jeff Salazar to hit a fly ball for an out, but Angle tagged up and scored from third on the sacrifice (charged to Powell).� A fielders’ choice ended the inning, with the Tides now ahead, 7-0.
Meanwhile, Chris Tillman was dominating the Indians’ batters.� The Tribe had just one base runner over the first three innings — Aki Iwamura doubled to the base of the wall in center field with one out in the 1st inning.� Tillman struck out the last batter (1B Jonathan Van Every) in the 2nd, then struck out two of the three batters in the 3rd, and the first two batters in the 4th — 5 strikeouts in 6 batters.
The Indians got a little rally going in the 4th after those two strikeouts, with 3 straight hits.� LF Brandon Moss looped a solid single into right-center field.� RF John Bowker lined a single into right, moving Moss to third base.� DH Mitch Jones lifted a little single just over the leaping reach of SS Andino and into left field, which brought Moss in from third with the Indians’ only run of the game.
The Tribe could not take advantage of the runners who got on base after that.� In the 5th, Jason Jaramillo and Brian Friday hit back-to-back singles to begin the inning,� but Pedro Ciriaco grounded to second base, where Figueroa started a 4-6-3 double play, erasing Friday.� A strikeout ended the inning.� John Bowker doubled on a line drive into the left-center field gap in the 6th, but he was also left on base.� Friday walked and Ciriaco beat out a slow-rolling infield hit in the 7th.� That chased Tillman from the game, but reliever Alberto Castillo got a grounder force out to end the inning without any more runs scoring.� Castillo also walked Moss in the 8th, but he could not come around to score either.
Dana Eveland pitched a 1-2-3 inning in the 5th, then got the first two outs to begin the 6th before he got into trouble.� With two outs, a single by Angle and Andino’s second triple of the game drove in another run for the Tides, to give them an 8-1 lead.
Daniel Moskos was next out of the bullpen for the Indians.� Moskos also got the first two batters out, then got into his own bunch of trouble.� Moskos walked three consecutive batters on a total of 13 pitches to load the bases with two outs.� A line drive into left field but right at Brandon Moss ended the inning.
Jean Machi took the 8th inning.� He gave up a single to Angle to start the frame.� Andino bounced a grounder off Machi’s glove, but the ricochet took the ball right to Ciriaco at short.� Ciriaco was able to flip the ball to Friday for the force out at second base, but there was no time for any further play and Andino was safe at first.� After a strikeout, Machi walked Nolan Reimold to put two runners on base, but they remained there as a fly out ended the inning.
Corey Hamman pitched the 9th and gave up the final Tides’ run.� Snyder led off with another double into the right field corner, then advanced to second base on a grounder back to the mound.� Donachie’s double into the left-center field alley brought Snyder across the plate.� Hamman got a strikeout, then walked Angle, but got Andino to ground to short for the force out that ended the inning.
The Indians went down in order in the bottom of the 9th, and the game was over.
The loss drops the Indians below the .500 mark, with a 58-59 record.
Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game:� Mitch Jones’ RBI single in the 4th.� SS Robert Andino leapt as high as he could, but even with his glove arm stretched out as far as he could reach, it was just inches short, and the ball was over and past him and into left field.� It was the only Indians’ RBI in the game.
Indians’ Defensive Gems of the Game:� Three outstanding plays: 1.� Jason Jaramillo throwing out Matt Angle at third base in the 1st inning to end the inning.� 2. A running catch by CF Alex Presley to end the 2nd inning.� Presley went back, back, back and made the catch still moving toward the outfield wall, with his arm outstretched to just make it.� 3.� In the 5th, Scott Moore hit a ball off the mound and toward the second base bag.� SS Pedro Ciriaco charged to his left, made the stab, whirled, and made a big looping throw, which still managed to reach first base just barely in time to make the out.
Brandon Moss was honored before the game as the Indians’ Player of the Month for July.� In the photo, he has received the award (a watch) from Indians’ GM Cal Burleson.� Moss hit .315 in July, with 8 doubles, 8 homers, and 31 RBI (best in the International League for the month).� He had a 12-game hitting streak, during which he hit .377 with 4 doubles, 4 homers, and 13 RBI.� Moss currently leads the team in homers (19), RBI (78), doubles (26), hits (107), runs (59), games played (108), and stolen bases (9).
The Pirates announced today that they have signed three more of this year’s draft picks:� Nick Kingham (#4), Brandon Cumpton (#9), and Ryan Hafner (#17).� All three are right handed pitchers.� The list of all 50 of the Pirates picks, with the 22 who have signed can be found HERE.
More roster moves:� Dana Eveland was reinstated from the Disabled List, and C Erik Kratz is with the team and has been added to the active roster.� OF Kevin Melillo was placed on the inactive list for a few days (he was joining his wife for the birth of their baby).� That still meant that roster spots were needed, so pitchers Derek Hankins and Travis Chick were moved to the Altoona roster — though it’s not entirely clear whether they will actually be reporting to Altoona, or if that is a paper move at this point.
(photos by Nancy)