Hernandez and Ciriaco Boost Indians To Series Win

The Indianapolis Indians came from behind again tonight, to beat the Charlotte Knights by a score of 5-4 at Victory Field in Indianapolis.  ( box )  The win gives the Indians a win of this 4-game series, 3 games to 1, and gives them a 51-49 record at the 100-game point in the season.  The game featured the return of two Tribe players, 2B Josh Harrison and SS Pedro Ciriaco, who had been optioned down from the Pirates, and immediately...

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All-Star Break

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Sandlot Swashbucklers is on break too!   Don’t forget to check out the Futures Game with Starling Marte on Sunday, then the AAA  and Eastern League All-Star Games on Wednesday.  Matt Hague will be participating in the AAA All-Star Game, and five Curve players will be at the Eastern League All-Star Game — Jeremy Farrell, Starling Marte, Brock Holt, Jeff Locke, and Aaron Pribanic.  

More news to come in a few more days. 

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Eleven Doubles, Eleven Strikeouts

Indianapolis Indians  10,  Louisville Bats  1
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Eleven was a lucky number at Louisville Slugger Field tonight, as the Indians stomped on the Bats, and out-hit them 16 – 5.  The Tribe batters posted 11 doubles, the most in a game since the Indians moved to Victory Field.  The Tribe pitchers combined for 11 strikeouts, with starter Brad Lincoln (photo) taking care of 8 of those.  Lincoln earned his 7th win for the Indians this season, going 7 innings and allowing just one run on 3 hits and a walk.   

The lone run Lincoln allowed scored in the 2nd inning on two of the hits he allowed.  C Devin Mesoraco and RF Jeremy Hermida began the inning with back-to-back line drive singles.  1B Daniel Dorn grounded out to first, which moved both Mesoraco and Hermida into scoring position.  2B Chris Valaika brought in Mesoraco with a sacrifice fly.  

Mesoraco singled again in the 4th inning, but was forced out at second on Hermida’s grounder to short.   CF Dave Sappelt walked to lead off the 6th inning, but he was erased when SS Paul Janish bounced into a 6-4-3 double play (SS Jordy Mercer to 2B Corey Wimberly to 1B Matt Hague).  Lincoln retired the side in all of the odd innings:  the 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 7th.  He struck out 2 batters in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings.  

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Late Inning Rallies Defeat Tribe

Louisville Batts  5,  Indianapolis Indians   2
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The Indianapolis Indians and Louisville Bats played 6.5 scoreless innings at Louisville Slugger Field, before each team scored in its last two at-bats.  The Bats’ first rally was sparked by their winning pitcher Daryl Thompson, and the second rally, in the bottom of the 8th, was aided by 3 Indians’ errors.  The Tribe was not able to catch up, and the Bats took the first game of this 4-game away-and-home series.  

Justin Wilson (photo) made the start for the Indians, coming off a tough start last Saturday in Toledo.  He got through the first two innings rather quickly, allowing just one hit, a double by Bats’ 1B Todd Frazier in the 2nd.  Wilson worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the 3rd.  3B Michael Griffin reached base when his Tribe counterpart 3B Pedro Alvarez bobbled his grounder for an error.  After two outs, 2B Chris Valaika grounded to short, where SS Jordy Mercer also had trouble with bobbles on the scoop.  Valaika reached base ahead of Mercer’s throw, and the play was ruled a single.  LF Yonder Alonso walked to load the bases.  Wilson bore down and got C Devin Mesoraco to fly out to RF Anthony Norman, to escape the inning without a run scoring.   

Wilson worked around a single by Frazier in the 4th inning, then got into another jam in the 5th.  He walked the opposing pitcher Thompson, and hit Valaika with a pitch.  With two outs, Mesoraco hit a screaming liner right back at Wilson.  The ball hit Wilson’s glove and dropped, but Wilson was so surprised that it took him a moment to realize that the ball had been stopped and had not sailed into the outfield.  Then he looked up, thinking that maybe the ball was still in the air, then finally looked down — and still took a moment to realize that the ball was at his feet.  Mesoraco was safe on first, and the bases were loaded, but Wilson had kept the ball from going into the outfield and allowing at least 2 runs to score.  He ended the inning with a ground out by RF Jeremy Hermida, leaving the bases full of Bats for the second time in the game.  

That was all for Wilson, on a hot and humid night.  He had thrown 97 pitches (57 strikes), and thrown 5 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strikeouts.  Wilson was relieved by former Bat (just a couple of weeks ago) Steven Jackson, who retired his old teammates in order in the 6th.  

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Owens Strikes Out 8 In Tribe Loss

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Watching from the dugout:  Pedro Alvarez, Tom Filer, Dusty Brown, Jordy Mercer, Kris Watts

Toledo Mud Hens  5,  Indianapolis Indians  1
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IMG_6246The Indianapolis Indians must have used up too many of the hits in their bats in yesterday’s 10-4 win, because today they were back to scoring just one run, as they did in the two previous games against the Toledo Mud Hens.  Tonight at Victory Field, the Tribe posted just 4 hits on their way to their lone run, while the Mud Hens stacked up 12 hits and 5 runs.  

Rudy Owens (photo) struck out a season-high 8 batters in his start for the Tribe, but he also gave up 8 hits and could not get through the 5th inning.  He was charged with his 6th loss of the season, giving him a 6-6 record.  

The game began with LF Will Rhymes lining a double into right field for a double.  Owens struck out the next two batters, 3B Danny Worth and rehabbing 2B Carlos Guillen.  DH Ryan Strieby lined a single into left field, and Rhymes raced around to score from second base.  Owens struck out former Indy Indian CF Jeff Salazar to end the inning, then began the 2nd by striking out 1B Scott Thorman.  RF Ben Guez doubled into center field with one out in the 2nd, but a fly out and another strikeout left Guez on base.  

IMG_6253(Photo:  Pitching coach Tom Filer, Rudy Owens, Dusty Brown, Corey Wimberly)

Owens also worked around a one-out hit by Worth in the 3rd — a bloopy hit that fell into no-man’s land behind first base, out of reach of Tribe RF Miles Durham, 1B Matt Hague, and 2B Corey Wimberly.  Salazar struck out again to lead off the 4th inning.  Thorman singled into right field, then with two strikes on Guez, Thorman took off to try to steal second base.  Guez swung and missed on strike three, and as he finished his swing, he stumbled a bit, causing his bat to come around and hit C Dusty Brown.  Brown was in the middle of throwing to second base as he was hit by the bat, and it caused his throw to go off-target.  Guez was out on the strikeout, and since he was already out, the penalty for the batter interference ruling was that the base runner Thorman was also called out at second base.  

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