Joe Beimel pitched one quick inning
Toledo Mud Hens 4, Indianapolis Indians 2
It was a beautiful afternoon at Victory Field, with sunny skies and a little wind, but not a happy afternoon for the Indianapolis Indians, who lost the second game of a short 2-game series to the Toledo Mud Hens. Even with the wind blowing in for most of the game, two Mud Hens and one Indian were able to blast home runs, and those accounted for half of each team’s runs.
Brian Burres (photo) got the start for the Indians. He gave up just two hits over his first 5 innings — but both of those were solo home runs. The first homer came off the bat of LF Scott Thorman with one out in the top of the 2nd inning, sailing over the right field wall. RF Andrew Lambo made a leap — but he would have had to have been another 6 feet taller to have had any chance. Burres hit SS Cale Iorg with a pitch (right foot) after the homer, then retired the next 9 batters he faced. With one out in the 5th, CF Clete Thomas also homered over the right field wall.
The Indians had managed just 3 hits off Toledo starter Andy Oliver by the end of the 5th inning. LF Alex Presley slipped a single through the hole into right field in the top of the 1st, but was left on base. 2B Pedro Ciriaco walked on 4 pitches and stole second base in the 3rd, but he was not careful taking his lead off second base and was caught too far away from the base. A brief rundown, 1-5-4-1, and he was out.
SS Chase d’Arnaud (photo below) led off the 4th inning with a low liner down the right field line. The ball bounced under the bench in the Mud Hens’ bullpen, and RF Andy Dirks just looked at the bench and lifted his arms into the air. Sorry, Dirks, this isn’t the Wrigley Field ivy — the bullpen benches in Victory Field are in play, and you don’t get to just bail out like that. He realized his mistake after a couple of seconds, and dove under the bench for the ball, but by then d’Arnaud had rounded second and was heading into third base. Unfortunately, the Indians could not take advantage of the man on third and no outs. Oliver struck out both Presley and DH Andy Marte, then got 1B Matt Hague to ground out, leaving d’Arnaud still on third.
3B Josh Harrison had the only home run for the Indians. With one out in the bottom of the 5th, he blasted another long fly ball to the left field wall — just a little to the left and two feet further than his bomb last night, which ended up bouncing on the narrow top of the scoreboard. This one definitely went over the wall, onto the grass, and into the hands of some of the students who were sitting on the berm.
The only other Indians’ batter to reach base against Oliver was CF Gorkys Hernandez, who got on when his grounder to second skipped up and off the glove of 2B Scott Sizemore. Hernandez stole second base, but a short fly out and two strikeouts left him stranded. Oliver struck out a total of 8 Indians’ hitters in his 6 innings of work. He allowed one walk along with those 3 hits, and he threw 101 pitches (65 strikes).
Three wins for the Pirates’ lower minor league teams on Tuesday:
Altoona Curve 2, Akron Aeros 0
Starter Bryan Morris threw 6 shutout innings to lead the Curve over the Aeros in Akron. Morris scattered 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 3 for his first win of the season. The only real trouble he had was in the bottom of the 1st, when rehabbing Grady Sizemore began the inning with a walk. After two grounder force outs, a single, Akron had runners on first and second. A single lined into center field had the runner from second charging for home, but CF Starling Marte fired in to C Eric Fryer, who tagged out the runner at the plate. Morris sailed through his remaining 5 innings, allowing just two more hits — singles in the 2nd and the 5th. Brian Leach, Michael Dubee, and Noah Krol each pitched one scoreless inning of relief. Leach and Dubee each allowed one walk, but Dubee struck out the other three batters he faced. Krol earned his second Save of the season.
Both of the Curve’s runs scored in the 3rd inning. 3B Jeremy Farrell began the rally by being hit by a pitch. Fryer singled, and RF Jose Hernandez sacrifice bunted both runners into scoring position. 2B Brock Holt grounded to first, but a fielding error let him reach safely and gave Farrell the chance to score. An RBI grounder by Marte brougth in Fryer with the second run. Marte stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch, but the inning ended before he could come around to score.
Marte singled after Holt walked in the 5th inning, and both Farrell and Fryer singled in the 7th, but neither of those threats yielded any runs. Farrell lined into right field in the 9th, and rounded second easily, but was thrown out when he tried to stretch it into a triple. He would have scored if he’d stopped at second, because Fryer followed with his own double. Fryer was 3-for-4 in the game, and Farrell went 2-for-3.
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