Three Indians were struck out in the top of the 1st -- not a particularly auspicious start to the game. Four batters reached over the next three innings: 3B Andy Marte was hit by a pitch in the 2nd, and Friday was hit in the 3rd. DH Anthony Norman singled in the 3rd, and 1B Matt Hague (photo) singled in the 4th. None of them came around to score. Friday put the Tribe onto the scoreboard in the 5th, when he followed Norman's infield single with a long fly ball for a 2-run homer over the left-center field wall. That cut the Mud Hens' lead to 3-2. Hague singled again to lead off the 6th with a liner into right field. SS Jordy Mercer doubled off the wall in the left-center field alley, moving Hague to third. Marte grounded to third, as...
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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.