Indians Win 6th Straight

boxscore (photos by NancyZ )
John Wasdin -- photo by NancyZ
The Indianapolis Indians extended their winning streak to a season-best six games, with an 8-3 win over the Rochester Red Wings at Victory Field this evening. The two teams combined for a total of 23 hits and took advantage of a stiff breeze blowing out to left field for a total of three home runs. Indians starter John Wasdin (photo ), on a rehab assignment from the Pittsburgh Pirates, got the win in his second start for the Indians. Rochester’s starter Jeremy Cummings suffered the loss, his 4th of the season.
Wasdin got off to a rough start in the top of the first inning. With two outs, Red Wings’ DH Doug Deeds grounded a single up the middle, and LF Garrett Jones followed with a home run over the left field wall, to give the Red Wings a 2-run lead. Wasdin got out of the inning when 1B Glenn Williams popped up a short fly ball to Tribe C Einar Diaz. The Red Wings got right back at it again in the top of the 2nd, when C Matthew LeCroy led off with a double off the center field wall. He moved to third when 3B Tommy Watkins grounded to second base. RF Trent Oeltjen got the RBI when he singled to right field to score LeCroy.
Trent Jewett congratulates Russ Johnson on his home run -- photo by NancyZ
The Indians were not to be outdone, though, and they came right back in the bottom of the 2nd. Lead off hitter DH Russ Johnson (photo ) ran the count full on Rochester’s starter Jeremy Cummings. On the 6th pitch, Johnson popped up a foul ball, which headed back toward the stands behind the Red Wings’ 1st base side dugout. Wings’ C Matthew LeCroy seemed to assume that the foul ball was going to go back into the stands, so he didn’t chase after it. At the last second, though, it looked like the ball might fall onto the field after all — but LeCroy had waited too long, and his last-second rush didn’t get him there in time. Instead of one out, Johnson had another life at the plate. He took the next pitch up and over the left field wall for a solo home run. CF Luis Matos took Cummings’ next pitch into right field for a double. Matos advanced to 3rd base on Cummings’ wild pitch. RF Michael Ryan flied out to short right field, but too short for Matos to score. 2B Luis Ordaz lifted a single to right field, to score Matos. C Einar Diaz hit a hard grounder to third, which moved Ordaz to second base, though Diaz was out at first. LF Nick Green’s single lined into center field easily scored Ordaz, to tie the score.

Luis Matos scores after his homer  -- photo by NancyZ
The Indians broke the tie in the bottom of the 3rd. 1B Yurendell de Caster led off with a double off the top of the right-center field wall. Russ Johnson doubled down the right field line to score de Caster. Then Luis Matos (photo ) added his homer over the left field wall to bring in two more runs.
John Wasdin scattered three hits over the next 3.2 innings, while holding the Red Wings scoreless. He pitched a total of 5.2 innings, with 67 pitches, and did not give up any walks. He was relieved by Masumi Kuwata with two outs and a runner on second base in the 6th inning. Kuwata ended the inning by striking out Glenn Williams.
Masumi Kuwata  -- photo by  NancyZ
Kuwata (photo ) pitched 2.1 innings in his 3rd outing with the Indians. He faced a total of 8 batters, and allowed only one hit. He threw 25 pitches, 16 of which were strikes. Juan Perez pitched the 9th inning for the Tribe. He gave up two hits before retiring the side. Red Wings’ Matt Tolbert, who went 5 for 5 yesterday, continued his hitting trend by going 2 for 4 with a double today. Garrett Jones and Matthew LeCroy also went 2 for 4.
The Indians got to Jeremy Cummings one more time in the 5th inning. Jose Hernandez led off with a single up the left field line deep behind third base, and he beat out the throw to first base. He advanced to third when Cummings’ pickoff attempt sailed wide of 1B Glenn Williams. Russ Johnson walked, and was erased when Luis Matos grounded into a double play. That play allowed Hernandez to move to third base.
Michael Ryan out at home  -- photo by NancyZ
Michael Ryan lined a double that bounced off the right field wall, to easily score Hernandez. Luis Ordaz followed with a single to right field, and Ryan came around third and headed to home. Wings’ RF Trent Oeltjen’s throw to the plate was on target, though, and Ryan was thrown out at home to end the inning.
Cummings was relieved by Julio DePaula, who pitched two perfect innings in the 6th and 7th. Rochester’s closer Bobby Kennedy came in to pitch the 8th inning. He allowed the Tribe one more insurance run, when Luis Matos singled into left field and stole second base. Matos advanced to third on Michael Ryan’s second hit of the game, and scored on Luis Ordaz’s sacrifice fly.
Matos went 3 for 4 with a single, a double, and a homer. The double was his 16th of the season. Russ Johnson and Luis Ordaz both went 2 for 3, and Yurendell de Caster and Michael Ryan went 2 for 4.
Brian Bixler, Yurendell de Caster, and Luis Ordaz  -- photo by NancyZ
(photo — Brian Bixler, Yurendell de Caster, and Luis Ordaz )
Indians’ hitting gem of the game: Luis Matos and Russ Johnson both hitting a double and a homer, to put the Indians ahead to stay.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game: Einar Diaz made two outstanding plays. In the top of the 4th, Glenn Williams hit a pop foul ball that headed toward the Indians’ dugout. C Einar Diaz didn’t make the same mistake Matthew LeCroy had made earlier. He raced over and reached into the Tribe dugout to make the catch as he slammed into the (padded, luckily ) railing. If he’d gone over the railing, he’d have landed in manager Trent Jewett’s lap. In the next inning, Trent Oeltjen dropped down a little bit of a bunt right in front of home plate. Diaz jumped out and turned 180 degrees so that he was facing back towards home plate when he picked up the ball, then he FIRED the ball to Yurendell de Caster at first base, just in time to get Oeltjen.
NOTES:
Carlos Maldonado -- photo by NancyZ
(photo — Carlos Maldonado seems to have his own palm tree in the dugout. )
Brian Bixler was featured in a story in the Indianapolis Star today. Bixler went 0 for 3 tonight with a walk, but it ends his 7-game hitting streak. On this homestand, he has had 11 hits, including a double, 3 triples, and 2 homers, with 5 RBI, and 10 runs scored.
With one game left, the Indians have hit a total of 16 home runs on this homestand. They have hit 9 homers already in the month of June. They hit only 7 homers in all their previous home games.
John Van Benschoten was named Indians’ Player of the Month for May. He was presented with a watch in a ceremony before the game.
The Pirates’ first-round pick in the MLB first-year player draft today was Daniel Moskos, a 21 year old junior at Clemson University. Moskos is a left-handed pitcher who is mostly a reliever, though he has made some starts also. Look for him to play with Clemson against Mississippi State in the NCAA Super Regionals on Friday (June 8th ) at noon EDT.
For Uncle Pete:
Matt Tolbert -- photo by  NancyZ
Garrett Jones -- photo by NancyZ
Rajai Davis led off the Pirates game with a triple this afternoon, for his first major league hit this season.
Go Tribe!

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Indians Have Two Four-Run Innings for a Win

boxscore (Photos by NancyZ unless otherwise specified )
Nick Green's home run -- Photo by NancyZ
The Indianapolis Indians put up 4 runs in the first inning, and broke a tie score with another 4 runs in the 8th inning to beat the Rochester Red Wings by a score of 8-4 at Victory Field this afternoon. The go-ahead run was Nick Green’s solo home run (photo ) to lead off the 8th inning. Green, Brian Bixler, and Russ Johnson each had two hits for the Tribe, while Michael Ryan had two RBI.
LF Nick Green led off the bottom of the 1st inning against the Red Wings’ star pitcher Matt Garza by running the count full and then fouled off six more pitches before lining the 12th pitch into left field for a double. SS Brian Bixler followed with a triple to the wall in the right-center field alley, scoring Green. Bixler scored when 1B Yurendell de Caster hit a sacrifice fly. Three more consecutive singles followed, by DH Russ Johnson, CF Luis Matos, and RF Michael Ryan (photo below ). Ryan’s single, a liner up the middle, scored both Johnson and Matos, to make the score 4-0. Garza threw a total of 43 pitches in just the first inning. After the game, Tribe C David Parrish talked about the first inning: “Nick [Green] really set the tone with a 12-pitch at-bat…. Being a catcher, I know how frustrating those long at-bats can be [for the pitcher]. It helped get Garza’s pitch count up, and led to a much-needed big inning for us.”
Michael Ryan -- photo by NancyZ
Garza didn’t seem to be frustrated for long, however. He pitched the next 5 innings without giving up a single hit or walk to the Indians’ batters, and he struck out 6. Garza was relieved after 6 innings, when he had thrown 106 pitches. Jose Mijares entered the game, and in the 7th inning, he too put the Indians down in order, including 2 strikeouts.
Indians’ starter Shane Youman had a couple of good innings, and some tougher innings. He went deep into the count on many batters, and threw 90 pitches over 4.1 innings. Youman gave up only one hit over the first three innings. In the 4th inning, Red Wings’ Matt Tolbert, who went 5 for 5 in the game, led off with a double to left field. Youman then got RF Doug Deeds to strike out and LF Garrett Jones to ground out to second. Then 1B Glenn Williams lifted a double over Tribe 3B Chris Truby’s head and into left field, to score Tolbert. DH Matthew LeCroy ended the inning by hitting a screaming line drive right back at Youman, who put up his glove in self-defense, and was as surprised as everyone else to find that the ball had actually stuck in it.

Shane Youman -- photo by NancyZ
(Photo: Shane Youman )
The Red Wings scored 3 more runs in the 5th inning to tie the score. Youman gave up walks to SS Tommy Watkins and C Korey Feiner, followed by a double to left field to CF Denard Span, which scored Watkins. Another double to Matt Tolbert, his second double of the game, scored both Feiner and Span. Youman’s day ended at that point, and reliever Franquelis Osoria took over. Osoria quickly ended the rally by getting the next two batters, Deeds and Jones, to ground out to second base.
Osoria (photo below ) also pitched the 6th inning. He made things interesting by giving up back-to-back singles to Glenn Williams and Matthew LeCroy. Osoria then hit Tommy Watkins with his next pitch, to load the bases. 3B Gil Velazquez hit the first pitch he saw from Osoria on the ground to Tribe SS Brian Bixler. The alert Bixler scooped it up and fired home, where C David Parrish had to reach out to the first base side, but was still able to keep his left foot on the plate, for the force out. Korey Feiner then gave the Tribe the chance to repeat the miracle — with the bases still loaded, Feiner hit a short grounder to Tribe 3B Chris Truby, who again fired home. Once again Parrish kept one foot on the plate while he reached for the throw, to force the lead runner out at home. The inning ended when Denard Span hit a simple grounder to first base, which Tribe 1B Yurendell de Caster easily handled himself for the third out.
Franquelis Osoria  -- photo by NancyZ
“When the bases are loaded, all you can do is entice the opposing hitters to hit a ground ball”, said David Parrish after the game. “We had the infield in on two different occasions today, and our pitchers made the necessary pitches to get a ground ball. I’m just glad I was able to pick both balls in the dirt. I put myself in good position and anticipated a bad throw. The most important out is the one at home plate. You get that one first, and then worry about throwing to first for the double play.”
The Indians’ bullpen combined to finish the last three innings. Brian Rogers pitched the 7th inning, Jesse Chaves pitched the 8th, and Michael Tejera pitched the 9th. Each of them faced 4 batters, and allowed one hit, but no runs. (Photo of Michael Tejera by PaulJP )
Michael Tejera -- photo by PaulJP
With the score still tied in the 8th inning, the Tribe batters got back into business. Nick Green led off with his 3rd homer of the season, over the wall in right-center field. Brian Bixler followed with his second triple of the game. Yurendell de Caster took three pitches for balls, and then was given the last ball intentionally. At that point, Jose Mijares was relieved by Brian Bass. Russ Johnson greeted Bass by slapping his first pitch into left field for an RBI single, bringing in Bixler and moving de Caster to second base. Bass’s next pitch hit CF Luis Matos on the right hand. Matos was examined by trainer Jose Ministral and manager Trent Jewett, but he was able to remain in the game. With the bases loaded, RF Michael Ryan bounced a grounder back to Bass, who threw home to force out de Caster at the plate. Luis Ordaz also tapped a grounder to Bass, and again the throw home forced out the lead runner, Johnson. But Red Wings’ C Korey Feiner’s throw to first base, to try for the double play on Ordaz, went sailing over the head of 1B Glenn Williams and deep into the right field corner. Luis Matos scored from second base and Michael Ryan scored from first base on the error. Luis Ordaz rounded third base and Trent Jewett considered sending him home, but held him back at third base. A pop fly by pinch-hitter Jose Hernandez ended the inning.
Trent Jewett congratulates Brian Bixler after his second triple -- photo by NancyZ
(photo: Trent Jewett congratulates Brian Bixler after his second triple )
Tribe starter Shane Youman did not figure in the decision today. He gave up 4 runs on 5 hits, plus 2 walks and 3 strikeouts in his 4.1 innings. His ERA stands at 5.50. Jesse Chavez got the win, his third for the season. The loss went to Red Wings’ reliever Jose Mijares, his first of the season.
Tribe hitting gem of the game: Brian Bixler’s two triples and Nick Green’s solo home run. Green’s homer was the tie breaker and the game-winning run.
Tribe defensive gem of the game: David Parrish, combined with Brian Bixler and Chris Truby, who got two force outs at home with the bases loaded to keep Rochester from scoring in the 6th inning.
Chris Truby  -- photo by NancyZ
(Photo: Chris Truby at bat )
NOTES:
Brian Bixler’s two triples increased his hitting streak to 7 games. The last time an Indian hit two triples in one game was on July 10, 2004, when Dave Krynzel did it. [Krynzel is currently with the Tucson Sidewinders, where he has 6 hits in 26 AB's, with 2 homers and 5 RBI. ]
Rajai Davis walked and stole second base in tonight’s Pirates game. He also had three ground outs and a fly out.
Don’t forget to vote for your Indians for spots on the International League All Star Game! Go to www.milb.com or www.indyindians.com and click on the spot to vote.
Go Tribe!

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