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The Louisville Bats scored 10 runs over the last 4 innings, to beat the Indianapolis Indians 13-4 tonight at Slugger Field in Louisville, KY. The Bats put up 17 hits, including 3 doubles, while the Indians had one double by Luis Ordaz, and 9 singles.
In Sean Burnett’s last start, last Friday in Columbus, he pitched only three innings. This wasn’t his fault at all, but the fault of a heavy storm that blew across central Ohio. When the suspended game resumed on Saturday, no one would have expected Burnett (photo) to return to the mound. Today there was a different problem. Burnett started tonight’s game for the Indians, and only pitched one inning, throwing 33 pitches, 16 for strikes. He left the game, as it was announced later, due to lower back pain.
The first inning started with Bats’ 2B Jeff Keppinger lining a single to center field, and SS Pedro Lopez followed by bouncing a double into left field, scoring Keppinger. 1B Joey Votto grounded out, which moved Lopez to third base. 3B Aaron Herr walked, and RF Jeff Bannon lined a single into left field, sending Lopez home, and moving Herr to second base. Burnett struck out LF Dewayne Wise for the second out of the inning. Then he walked C Ryan Jorgensen to load the bases, and walked CF Chris Dickerson, forcing in another run. Finally Burnett struck out the switch-hitting pitcher Elizardo Ramirez to end the inning. Burnett had allowed 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks with 2 strikeouts.
Louisville starter Ramirez had held the Indians scoreless in the first inning, despite a walk to LF Michael Ryan and a single by CF Adam Boeve. In the 2nd inning, 3B Russ Johnson and C Carlos Maldonado both singled. That brought up the pitcher’s spot in the batting order, and qith Burnett continuing to have back pain, manager Trent Jewett elected to pinch hit for him. With the bench limited due to injuries, he used a pitcher as a pinch hitter for the third time in four games — this time it was right-hander Bryan Bullington’s turn. Bullington (photo) laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, to move the runners to second and third bases. The inning ended when Don Kelly ground out, and the Indians were not able to put up any runs.
Reliever Jesse Chavez came in to pitch in the 2nd inning for the Indians. Chavez pitched three scoreless innings, giving up only one lone hit to Joey Votto. One other batter, Dewayne Wise, reached base on an error by C Carlos Maldonado, but was quickly erased with a double play.
The Indians got on the board in the 3rd inning. SS Brian Bixler hit an infield single, and advanced to second base when pitcher Ramirez’s throw to first base went wide. LF Michael Ryan grounded out, moving Bixler to third base. CF Adam Boeve walked, and 1B Brad Eldred (photo) singled, driving in Bixler. 3B Buss Johnson grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Indians tied it up in the 5th inning. Michael Ryan started off the inning with a walk, and Adam Boeve followed with a single. Elizardo Ramirez got two outs, a strikeout to Brad Eldred and a fly out to Russ Johnson, but then he walked RF Yurendell de Caster. That was the end of Ramirez’s evening, and the Bats brought in Julio Manon to relieve him. Carlos Maldonado (photo below) greeted Manon by lining a two RBI single into center field, scoring Ryan and Boeve. Pitcher Jesse Chavez, in a rare plate appearance, grounded into a force out — his first professional at-bat that did not result in a strikeout. That tied the score at 3 runs each.
Louisville did not allow the tie to stand for long, though. In the bottom of the inning, with Tribe reliever Mark Corey in to pitch, Pedro Lopez led off with a triple to right field. Joey Votto singled, scoring Lopez, and putting the Bats ahead 4-3. Corey struck out Aaron Herr and pinch hitter Anderson Machado, and Votto stole second base with the first strike out. When Dewayne Wise singled to right field, Votto rounded third and headed for home. The throw from RF Yurendell de Caster was right on target, and it reached C Carlos Maldonado, who was plunked down on the third base line about two feet from home plate, just before Votto did. Maldonado didn’t move and didn’t drop the ball, and Votto was out to end the inning, with only one run scoring.
The Bats struck again in the 6th inning. With one out, Mark Corey gave up three consecutive singles, to Chris Dickerson, pinch hitter Jesse Gutierrez, and Jeff Keppinger, with that third single scoring Dickerson. A walk to Pedro Lopez loaded the bases, and Corey was sent to the showers. Lefty Juan Perez (photo below) entered in relief, and he got Joey Votto to slap a grounder that deflected off Perez’s glove to 2B Don Kelly, who scooped it up and threw to first for one out, though Gutierrez scored a second run from third base. Aaron Herr struck out to end the inning, with the score 6-3.
In the 7th inning, Louisville broke it open, scoring three more runs. Anderson Machado led off with a liner just out of Brad Eldred’s reach at first base, and down into the right field corner for a triple. Dewayne Wise and Ryan Jorgensen followed with back-to-back singles, the first scoring Machado. Then Chris Dickerson smashed the third triple of the game into right field, scoring both Wise and Jorgensen. Reliever Brian Rogers replaced Juan Perez on the mound, and he got two ground outs, then walked Pedro Lopez, and then struck out the pitcher Calvin Medlock to end the inning, with the score 9-3.
The Indians didn’t give up, but came right back at them in the top of the 8th inning. Carlos Maldonado walked, and Luis Ordaz, who had entered the game in a double switch, doubled into right field. Reliever Brian Shackelford replaced Calvin Medlock, and the first thing he did was give up a single to Don Kelly, scoring Maldonado and moving Ordaz to third base. Shackelford then struck out Brian Bixler and Michael Ryan, and ended the inning by getting Adam Boeve to ground into a fielder’s choice force out.
Things got worse for the Indians in the bottom of the 8th. With two out, Brian Rogers struck out Dewayne Wise, but his third strike was a wild pitch, and Wise was safe at first. Rogers then gave up a single, two walks, two singles, and another walk. Four runs scored on all that, including two runs walked in. Finally, Jonah Bayliss came in for Rogers, and he got Aaron Herr, the 10th batter in the inning, to hit a grounder to third base, where Russ Johnson forced out the runner. The score: Louisville 13, Indians 4.
Gary Majewski came in to pitch the 9th for the Bats. Russ Johnson hit his second single of the game, but Majewski retired the other three batters to end the game.
Bats’ reliever Julio Manon earned the win, and Mark Corey took the loss for the Tribe. Carlos Maldonado went 2 for 3, and Russ Johnson and Adam Boeve both went 2 for 4.
“This one is hard to explain”, said manager Trent Jewett after the game. “Louisville outplayed us in every phase of the game tonight. Games like these are very disappointing, but we try to keep things in perspective around here. These results are bound to happen every now and then when you play 144 games each season. You tip your cap to Louisville, but, by the same token, we need to find a way to play better on the road. We’ve had a lot of success at Victory Field this season, and I hope that continues during this upcoming homestand. I understand Wednesday night’s game has been sold out, so it should be a fun atmosphere in front of the home fans.”
The Durham Bulls again defeated the Toledo Mud Hens tonight, so the Indians did not lose any ground against Toledo. But the Indians are in danger of having Louisville catch and pass them to take over second place.
Indians’ hitting gem of the game: Carlos Maldonado tied up the game in the 5th inning with a single, batting in two runs.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game: In the bottom of the 5th inning, with one run in and two outs, Bats’ Joey Votto was on second base, when Dewayne Wise lined a single into right field. Yurendell de Caster caught it and fired home, where Carlos Maldonado blocked the plate and tagged out Joey Votto. It ended the inning and at the time, held the Bats to a one run lead.
Pitcher Luis Munoz will be promoted from Altoona to pitch for the Indians tomorrow at Victory Field.
Pitcher Michael Nannini was reactivated from the Disabled List, and given his unconditional release. He had pitched in only one game for the Indians, on June 17th in Durham.
Brian Bixler extended his hitting streak to 9 games.
Shane Youman started for Pittsburgh today, and got his first major league win. He pitched 6 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers, giving up 2 runs (both earned) on 8 hits and one walk, with 2 strikeouts. Youman gave up one run in the first inning, and then a solo home run to Kevin Mench in the 4th inning.
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The Indianapolis Indians could not get any runs across against the Louisville Bats tonight, as they lost to the Bats by a score of 1-0 at Slugger Field in Louisville. The Bats out-hit the Indians, 11 – 5, though not even the Bats could put a run on the board until the 8th inning.
Left-hander Michael Tejera (photo) started the game for the Indians. He was shaky in the first inning, starting off by giving up three consecutive singles to the top of Louisville’s order: CF Ryan Freel, LF Jeff Keppinger, and 2B Mark Bellhorn. With the bases loaded, Tejera seemed to settle down, and he struck out 3B Aaron Herr. Then he got 1B Jesse Gutierrez to ground into a double play, to get out of the inning without a run scoring.
Tejera worked out of a jam again in the 3rd inning. With one out, Jeff Keppinger singled, then Mark Bellhorn struck out, and then Aaron Herr smashed a double into left field, just past Tribe 3B Russ Johnson’s reach, putting runners on the corners. Tejera got Jesse Gutierrez to again ground out, this time to Johnson, who charged the ball and fired to first for the third out — again without a run scoring.
The next two innings were relatively simple for Tejera, but the Bats threatened again in the 6th inning. After striking out Aaron Herr, Tejera hit Jesse Gutierrez with a pitch. A line drive single to center by RF Jeff Bannon moved Gutierrez to second. C Ryan Hanigan slapped a grounder deep to shortstop, which looked like it was going to score at least one run, if not more. He didn’t count on Tribe SS Brian Bixler, though. Bixler (photo) dove and stopped the ball, and when he popped up, he discovered that he still had time to throw to second base, forcing out Bannon. Gutierrez moved to third, and there were runners on the corners, but with two outs. Tejera intentionally walked SS Pedro Lopez to load the bases, and then P Bobby Livingston flied out, ending the inning. Once again, no runs scored.
Meanwhile, Bats’ starter Bobby Livingston was handling the Indians’ batters well. In the first 6 innings, he scattered 2 hits and a walk — a double to SS Brian Bixler in the 1st inning, a single to 3B Russ Johnson in the 2nd inning, and the walk to the newest Indian, LF Adam Boeve, in the 4th. The closest the Indians came to threatening against Livingston was in the 7th inning, when C Humberto Cota singled, and Johnson smashed his 14th double of the season. That was all the Indians could do, though.
Michael Tejera pitched 6 scoreless innings, while giving up 8 hits and one intentional walk, and striking out 3 Louisville batters. He was asked about his pitching after the game: “I’m real happy with my performance tonight. I gave us a chance to win the game, and that’s the goal of every starting pitcher. I was throwing my sinker for strikes, and working the bottom half of the zone. Most of Louisville’s hits were on the ground and through the holes. There’s nothing I can do about that.”
Reliever Josh Sharpless (photo) entered the game in relief of Tejera in the 7th inning. CF Ryan Freel, with Louisville on a rehab assignment from the Cincinnati Reds, led off with a walk, then stole second base, and advanced to third base when C Humberto Cota’s throw went into the outfield. Sharpless struck out Jeff Keppinger and then intentionally walked Mark Bellhorn, putting runners on the corners. Once again, the Tribe middle infield came to the rescue, as Aaron Herr grounded to SS Brian Bixler, who started the Tribe’s second double play of the game, going Bixler to 2B Luis Ordaz to 1B Brad Eldred, ending the inning without allowing a run again.
The Bats also put in a reliever, Jared Burton, replacing Bobby Livingston at the top of the 8th inning. Livingston pitched 7 scoreless innings, giving up 4 runs and one walk, with one strikeout. Burton pitched a scoreless inning, despite giving up a hit to Michael Ryan, who had entered the game in a double-switch.
(Photo — the infield double play trio: Brian Bixler, Luis Ordaz, Brad Eldred )
The bottom of the 8th was the “big” inning for Louisville. Jesse Gutierrez, who had grounded into a double play to end the 1st inning and grounded out to end the 3rd inning, had a much better at-bat in the 8th. With Josh Sharpless still pitching, he lifted a fly ball over the left field wall, for the only run of the game. The Bats tried to add an insurance run, with singles by Ryan Hanigan and Pedro Lopez. Yet again, the middle infield got the critical play when needed, with Brian Bixler scooping up a grounder from Ryan Freel to force Lopez out at second base, ending the inning.
The Indians tried to rally in the top of the 9th, but could only work a walk to Adam Boeve before Jared Burton shut them down to end the game. Burton got the win for the Bats, his first of the season. Josh Sharpless, who gave up the homer to Gutierrez, took the loss, his second of the season. Jeff Keppinger had 3 hits for the Bats, and Ryan Hanigan had two hits.
“Tonight was a really good ball game on both sides”, said Michael Tejera after the game. “It’s unfortunate that we had to lose it… This is a very experienced team with a lot of talent. We’ve been playing well for the majority of the season, and we need to fight through this bump in the road. I’m confident we’ll bounce back and return to the way we were playing the first two months of the season.”
The Durham Bulls beat the Toledo Mud Hens 3-1 tonight, so the Tribe doesn’t fall any further behind Toledo in the standings. However, the Bats gained a game on the Indians, in their pursuit of second place.
Indians’ hitting gem of the game: Russ Johnson (photo) had 2 of the Indians’ 5 hits, including a double, making him 2 for 3 on the night. In his last three games, Russ has 5 hits in 8 at-bats.
Indians’ defensive gems of the game: Brian Bixler showed why he deserves to be the starting shortstop for the International League’s All-Star team. He started two inning-ending double plays, which kept runs from scoring, and he made a diving stop of a sharply-hit grounder by Ryan Hanigan, keeping another run from scoring.
What former Indianapolis Indians have been named to one of the major league All-Star teams? (answer below)
Adam Boeve (rhymes with “movie”), the Indians’ Rookie of the Year in 2006, has been promoted from Altoona to Indianapolis, taking the roster spot that became available when Einar Diaz was placed on the Disabled List. Boeve has been hitting .291 with 12 homers and 42 RBI with the Curve this year.
Two of the Indians are leading the league in fielding percentage at their position.
Luis Ordaz has the best fielding percentage of all International League second basemen: .993
Russ Johnson has the best fielding percentage of all IL third basemen: .980
Brian Bixler’s double in the first inning extended his hitting streak to 8 games.
Milwaukee Brewers’ P Ben Sheets (Indy Indians 2000-01) and SS J.J. Hardy (Indy Indians 2004) have both been named to the National League’s All-Star Team.
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Don Kelly (photo) was the Big Hero at Victory Field this afternoon, as he hit a walk-off single to score Carlos Maldonado from third base. With that winning run, the Indianapolis Indians beat the Richmond Braves by a score of 8 – 7. The win gives the Indians a sweep of the short 2-game series against the Braves. Since the Toledo Mud Hens lost to the Durham Bulls today, this win moves the Indians up to 2 games behind the first-place Mud Hens in the International League West Division. It was also manager Trent Jewett’s 200th victory with the Indians.
The game started with right-hander Kip Bouknight (pronounced BOCK- night) making his debut with the Indians, after being promoted from the AA Altoona Curve. Bouknight has had AAA-level experience in the past, pitching for New Orleans in the Washington Nationals’ organization last season. He has been described as a control pitcher, but that control seemed to elude him as the game got underway. Bouknight threw a lot of pitches for balls in the first inning, and walked two batters, putting runners on the corners with only one out. He got former Indianapolis Indian 1B Graham Koonce to put up a timely pop out, and then got LF Doug Clark to slap a grounder to SS Don Kelly for the third out.
Bouknight (photo) continued to have problems with control and continued to throw balls in the next innings. In the 2nd, former Pirate farmhand SS Brent Lillibridge led off with a single to center field, and then stole both second and third bases. He scored when C Iker Franco grounded out. In the 3rd, with one out, Bouknight gave up a single to 2B Martin Prado, then back-to-back walks to RF Larry Bigbie and Graham Koonce. The middle infield rescued Bouknight though, with a sharp double play, 2B Luis Ordaz to SS Don Kelly to 1B Yurendell de Caster.
In the bottom of the 3rd, Bouknight did something that probably involved magic: he transferred whatever it was that was sabotaging his control (gremlins? a nasty virus? an evil curse?) to Richmond starter Blaine Boyer. Boyer had held the Indians to one lone walk to 3B Russ Johnson in the first two innings. In the third inning, the Indians controlled Boyer. C Carlos Maldonado led off the inning by lining a single down the right field line. Pitcher Kip Bouknight (photo below) bunted the first pitch he saw foul, and then showed bunt again for the second pitch. It was a trick, though — as the second pitch came to the plate, and Braves’ 3B Wes Timmons came in on the infield, Bouknight pulled the bat back and swung away, popping a single into left field, just out of the reach of Timmons and the SS Lillibridge. That proved to be the turning point of the inning.
Boyer hit Luis Matos with a pitch to load the bases. Then he walked the next two batters, SS Don Kelly and LF Michael Ryan, walking in two runs. A sacrifice fly by 3B Russ Johnson scored Matos to put the Indians up 3-1. RF Brad Eldred also walked, loading the bases again. 1B Yurendell de Caster struck out and 2B Luis Ordaz flew out to end the inning.
With his gremlins or curses safely handed off to the opposition, Kip Bouknight seemed to have more control over the next three innings. He gave up a hit in the 4th to C Iker Franco, but erased him with a double play. He gave up a walk to CF Gregor Blanco in the 5th inning, followed by a single to Martin Prado, which moved Blanco to third base. A sacrifice fly by Larry Bigbie scored Blanco. LF Doug Clark blasted a home run past the scoreboard beyond the sidewalk above the right field berm to lead off the top of the 6th inning, tying up the score again, 3-3.
It wasn’t tied for long, though. Buddy Hernandez entered the game in the bottom of the 6th to relieve Blaine Boyer. With one out, Carlos Maldonado singled, and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by pinch-hitter Michael Tejera (photo). It was the second game in a row in which pitcher Michael Tejera pinch-hit. Luis Matos put down a routine grounder to Braves’ SS Brent Lillibridge, but Lillibridge’s throw to first base went wide to the outfield side of the bag, sending Matos to second base and scoring Maldonado with the go-ahead run. Don Kelly ripped a double into left field, scoring Matos as well.
Reliever Mark Corey took over for Kip Bouknight to pitch the 7th inning. Corey gave up a hit to Gregor Blanco, but the Indians turned their 3rd double play of the game to end the inning easily.
The Indians threatened in the bottom of the 7th, when it looked like they might be able to take advantage of another Richmond error. Russ Johnson led off with a single, and Brad Eldred (photo) followed with a grounder to third. Braves 3B Timmons scooped up the grounder, but his throw to second base to force out Johnson went wide, and both runners were safe. Yurendell de Caster dropped a short dribbler to the pitcher Hernandez, who quickly whirled and threw to third base, forcing out Johnson. Two line-drive outs to RF Larry Bigbie ended the inning without any runs scoring.
Reliever Jonah Bayliss, in his second appearance for the Indians since joining the team, came in to pitch the 8th inning. Larry Bigbie welcomed Bayliss by smacking a single into right field, and then stealing second base. After a strikeout by Graham Koonce, Doug Clark lifted a fly ball down the right field foul line, which left the field of play just on the inside of the foul pole, for a 2-run home run — tied up again, this time at 5-5.
Again, the tie didn’t last long. Braves’ Manny Acosta relieved Hernandez in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Luis Matos walked, and Don Kelly had his second hit of the game, moving Matos to second base. Russ Johnson (photo) smashed a grounder down the left field line for a 2-run double, to again take the lead as Matos and Kelly scored. Johnson took third base on the throw in, and Brad Eldred was intentionally walked. Because of strategic double-switching when Jonah Bayliss entered the game, this brought Bayliss to the plate, for the first time in his professional career. Bayliss went after the first pitch he saw, and grounded it to Graham Koonce at first base for the third out.
The Braves came right back in the top of the 9th. With Jonah Bayliss still on the mound, and one out, 3B Jon Schureholz, who had entered the game as part of the double switch, smacked a double to left-center field. Gregor Blanco hit a towering fly ball that drifted foul, and was caught by Don Kelly, who ran all the way to the stands behind third base to make the play. That was the second out, and people in the stands rose to their feet as Martin Prado ran the count full against Bayliss, and then fouled off another pitch… and then lifted a rising fly ball over the left field wall, for a 2-run homer to once again tie the score.
Once again, the Indians went to the plate, needing to break the tie. Manny Acosta was still pitching for Richmond. Luis Ordaz led off by driving a liner into right field, but right to RF Larry Bigbie for the first out. Carlos Maldonado looped a single into left-center field, and Brian Bixler, who had also entered the game on a double-switch, hit a single up the right field line, moving Maldonado to third base. Luis Matos lifted a fly ball to center field for the second out. That brought up Don Kelly, who smacked a 1-2 pitch into right field for a single, allowing Maldonado to score the winning run. The crowd did indeed go wild, and Kelly’s teammates enthusiastically congratulated him on his walk-off single (photo).
Manny Acosta took the loss for the Braves, for his 3rd loss of the season. Jonah Bayliss had both the blown save and the win, his first with the Indians. Don Kelly and Carlos Maldonado each had 3 hits for the Tribe, and Maldonado also scored three times. Russ Johnson had 2 hits, and he and Kelly each had 3 RBI.
Indians’ hitting gem of the game: Don Kelly, who was 2 for 21 since joining the Indians entering the game, had three hits, and three RBI, including the game-winning single.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game: Three double plays by the Indians. Two were 2B Luis Ordaz to SS Don Kelly to 1B Yurendell de Caster, and one was Kelly to Ordaz to de Caster.
Jose Hernandez’s injury last night was due to his leg colliding with Braves’ C Corky Miller’s leg and foot. Hernandez had some cuts from Miller’s cleats, which are expected to heal without any problems. He should be able to return to play in a few days.
Einar Diaz was not so lucky. His injury yesterday occurred as he was crossing home plate with the tying run in the 7th inning. As he came across the plate, he reached down to pick up the bat that was lying next to the plate and the baseline. As he reached, his foot slipped and he went down, tearing his right patellar tendon. Einar has been placed on the Disabled List and is not expected to return this season.
Indians’ broadcasters Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley were doing their broadcast from the stadium concourse today, like they do on most Sunday games. So, they were asked to sing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” at the 7th inning stretch today. They did a great job, and even added the Harry Caray-like “Let’s get some runs!” at the end.