Nelson Figueroa pitched a complete game for the Indians.
With six games left to play in the 2011 season, the Indians had a pitcher throw a complete game for the first time all year. Nelson Figueroa needed 123 pitches (92 strikes) to get through 9 innings, allowing just one run on 8 hits, striking out 10 Mud Hens' batters at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio tonight. 3B Pedro Alvarez gave Figueroa plenty of insurance with a grand slam in the Indians' 5-run 8th inning. SS Pedro Ciriaco and 2B Jordy Mercer contributed 3 hits and 3 runs each in the game, and LF John Bowker singled twice and drove in 3 runs.
The Indians jumped right out to a 1-o lead with a run in the top of the 1st. Pedro Ciriaco led off with a looping fly ball into left field for a single. He moved to second base on Mercer's ground out to third, then scored when 1B Matt Hague smacked an RBI double into right field.
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.