Bullington x 8 + Homer x 4 = Indians’ Win!

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Brian Bullington  -- photo by NancyZ
Combine eight innings of superior pitching by Bryan Bullington with four home runs by Indianapolis Indians’ batters, and what do you get? A 10-2 Indians win over the Buffalo Bison, and Bullington’s 8th win of the season. His record is now 8-2, with a 2.60 ERA.
Bullington (photo ) pitched masterfully, throwing 97 pitches over those 8 innings, and giving up only 4 hits and 2 earned runs, walking two, and striking out 5. He also hit one batter with a pitch. For 6 of his 8 innings, Bullington faced the minimum three batters. The rare Bison batter who reached base on a walk, or by being hit by a pitch, or with a hit, was quickly removed from the base paths. Bison LF Jason Cooper walked, but was thrown out trying to steal second base. DH Shin-Soo Choo got a hit, but he was forced out at second in a fielder’s choice by 1B Keith Ginter. The throw to first was just barely late, or else Ginter would have been out too in a double play. But Bullington got the next batter, Cooper, to ground into a double play to erase Ginter also. SS Hector Luna reached base when he was hit by a pitch, but he too was caught in a double play. Cooper walked again in the 7th inning, and that time he was left on base — the first base runner the Bisons left on base, and the only one during Bullington’s innings.
The only time Bullington found trouble was in the 3rd inning. With one out, RF Brad Snyder scorched a grounder past the diving Tribe 1B Brad Eldred and into right field for a hit. A home run just inside the left field foul line by CF Ben Francisco accounted for the Bisons’ only runs in the game.
“They’re [Buffalo] a good hitting team, and it’s a challenge anytime you have to face them” said Bullington in the post-game interview. “They got me good a couple weeks ago when we were at their place [Dunn Tire Park in Buffalo]. I was ready to go tonight and wanted to get them back.”
Dan Kolb, fresh off the disabled list, relieved Bullington to pitch a scoreless 9th inning.
Jose Hernandez  -- photo by NancyZ
Bison starter Sean Smith entered the game with a 5-1 record, having won his last 5 decisions, with a 2.38 ERA. He was named the International League Pitcher of the Week two weeks ago. However, he did not appear to impress the Indians’ batters. In the bottom of the 1st, Smith got the first two outs, and then gave up 5 consecutive hits before he could make the third out. Tribe 3B Yurendell de Caster singled to right field, and 1B Brad Eldred followed with a single to left field. RF Michael Ryan singled to right field, scoring de Caster. That brought up DH Jose Hernandez (photo ), who launched a home run to left field that bounced at the top of the grass berm near the flag poles, bringing in Eldred and Ryan. LF Luis Matos grounded a single into left field, though he was stranded on base when 2B Luis Ordaz flied out to left field to end the inning. At the end of one inning, the Tribe was leading by 4-0.

Rajai Davis's home run -- photo by NancyZ
In the second inning, with one out, Rajai Davis tapped a bunt that bounced at the plate and then dribbled along the first base line, right where Rajai was trying to run. Davis inadvertently kicked the ball, and was immediately called out by the home plate umpire. But Davis and Tribe manager Trent Jewett immediately protested, saying that the ball was foul first, so it shouldn’t have mattered that he touched it with his foot. The umpires had a brief conference, and decided that Davis and Jewett were right, and the bunt had been foul.
Brad Eldred  -- photo by NancyZ
There was no counter-argument from the Bison. That gave Davis another life at the plate, and he promptly responded by blasting the next pitch over the wall in left-center field, for his third homer of the season. (photo above — Davis crosses the plate on his solo homer ) The next pitch from Smith hit SS Brian Bixler. 3B Yurendell de Caster hit a pop fly to right field for the second out. Then 1B Brad Eldred (photo ) smashed a monster home run to left field that hit the right-hand flag pole (the one with the City of Indianapolis flag, closest to center field ) about a third of the way up the pole. It was the Indians’ third homer of the game, and brought the score to 7-0.
The Tribe added another run in the 4th inning, when C Einar Diaz took Sean Smith’s first pitch into the berm along the left field foul line for his first home run of the season. (photo — Trent Jewett congratulates Einar Diaz as he circles the bases )
Trent Jewett congratulates Einar Diaz -- photo by NancyZ
Sean Smith lasted only 5 innings for Buffalo, throwing 92 pitches in those 5 innings. He allowed 8 runs, all earned, on 9 hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. Rich Rundles, just up from AA Akron, made his AAA debut with the Bison, entering the game in the 6th inning in relief. He got the first out in the 6th, and then gave up a double down the left field line to Einar Diaz, and a triple to the deepest part of left-center field to SS Brian Bixler (photo below, Trent Jewett congratulates Brian Bixler on his triple ), which scored Diaz, pushing the score to 9-2. It was Bixler’s fifth triple of the season.
Trent Jewett and Brian Bixler  -- photo by NancyZ
The Tribe scored one more time in the 8th inning. With two out, Einar Diaz made his third hit of the game, and the third one to go screaming down the left field line. This one bounced off the glove of the Bison 3B Andy Marte, who could not quite get there, for a single. Rajai Davis must have thought that left field line looked inviting, because he followed with a nearly identical smash that also bounced off Marte’s glove. This one earned Marte an error, and Davis was safe on first. Brian Bixler joined the hit parade with a single to left-center to load the bases. That brought up Russ Johnson, who had taken over for Yurendell de Caster at third base in the top of the 6th inning. Johnson worked the count full, and fouled off one more, before taking an outside pitch for the walk. That forced in Diaz with the final run, for a score of 10-2.
Einar Diaz went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the game. Brian Bixler, Brad Eldred, and Jose Hernandez each had two hits for the Tribe. All the starters but one (Luis Ordaz ) had at least one hit.
“Home runs pick everybody up”, said Bullington. “Hitting is definitely contagious, and when you get everybody going early, it certainly makes for a good night.
“My teammates really swung the bats tonight, and that was a good win for us.”
Superior pitching and long bombs — a great combination.
Indians’ hitting gem of the game — too easy: four home runs, by Jose Hernandez, Rajai Davis, Brad Eldred, and Einar Diaz. They accounted for 7 of the Indians’ runs.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game — again, too easy: Bryan Bullington’s 8 innings, giving up only 4 hits and 2 runs. Six of those innings were three up-three down. He wanted to get them back for the last time he pitched against the Bison in Buffalo, and he certainly did.
NOTES:
Roster moves:
Sean Burnett was placed on the Disabled List, though the reason was not specified.
Dan Kolb came off the DL, and he pitched a scoreless 9th inning. His hamstring is doing fine.
Masumi Kuwata is expected to be activated on Friday. The Japanese media entourage has already started to appear at Victory Field, and a section of the upper deck behind home plate has been designated the media overflow section.
Rajai Davis again extended his hitting streak. It now stands at 18 consecutive games with a hit. He also continues to lead the league with 27 stolen bases.
An interesting pitcher-batter match-up in this game: Tribe pitcher Bryan Bullington vs. Bison RF Brad Snyder. They were teammates at Ball State University, where Snyder was one year behind Bullington. Bullington won this match, though. Snyder singled in the 3rd inning and scored, but Bullington struck him out in the 5th inning, and got him to ground into a double play in the 8th inning.
Don’t forget to vote for our Indians on the AAA All-Star ballot, beginning on Friday June 1st. (today!) Go to www.indyindians.com
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Bullington x 8 + Homer x 4 = Indians’ Win!

boxscore (photos by NancyZ )
Brian Bullington  -- photo by NancyZ
Combine eight innings of superior pitching by Bryan Bullington with four home runs by Indianapolis Indians’ batters, and what do you get? A 10-2 Indians win over the Buffalo Bison, and Bullington’s 8th win of the season. His record is now 8-2, with a 2.60 ERA.
Bullington (photo ) pitched masterfully, throwing 97 pitches over those 8 innings, and giving up only 4 hits and 2 earned runs, walking two, and striking out 5. He also hit one batter with a pitch. For 6 of his 8 innings, Bullington faced the minimum three batters. The rare Bison batter who reached base on a walk, or by being hit by a pitch, or with a hit, was quickly removed from the base paths. Bison LF Jason Cooper walked, but was thrown out trying to steal second base. DH Shin-Soo Choo got a hit, but he was forced out at second in a fielder’s choice by 1B Keith Ginter. The throw to first was just barely late, or else Ginter would have been out too in a double play. But Bullington got the next batter, Cooper, to ground into a double play to erase Ginter also. SS Hector Luna reached base when he was hit by a pitch, but he too was caught in a double play. Cooper walked again in the 7th inning, and that time he was left on base — the first base runner the Bisons left on base, and the only one during Bullington’s innings.
The only time Bullington found trouble was in the 3rd inning. With one out, RF Brad Snyder scorched a grounder past the diving Tribe 1B Brad Eldred and into right field for a hit. A home run just inside the left field foul line by CF Ben Francisco accounted for the Bisons’ only runs in the game.
“They’re [Buffalo] a good hitting team, and it’s a challenge anytime you have to face them” said Bullington in the post-game interview. “They got me good a couple weeks ago when we were at their place [Dunn Tire Park in Buffalo]. I was ready to go tonight and wanted to get them back.”
Dan Kolb, fresh off the disabled list, relieved Bullington to pitch a scoreless 9th inning.
Jose Hernandez  -- photo by NancyZ
Bison starter Sean Smith entered the game with a 5-1 record, having won his last 5 decisions, with a 2.38 ERA. He was named the International League Pitcher of the Week two weeks ago. However, he did not appear to impress the Indians’ batters. In the bottom of the 1st, Smith got the first two outs, and then gave up 5 consecutive hits before he could make the third out. Tribe 3B Yurendell de Caster singled to right field, and 1B Brad Eldred followed with a single to left field. RF Michael Ryan singled to right field, scoring de Caster. That brought up DH Jose Hernandez (photo ), who launched a home run to left field that bounced at the top of the grass berm near the flag poles, bringing in Eldred and Ryan. LF Luis Matos grounded a single into left field, though he was stranded on base when 2B Luis Ordaz flied out to left field to end the inning. At the end of one inning, the Tribe was leading by 4-0.

Rajai Davis's home run -- photo by NancyZ
In the second inning, with one out, Rajai Davis tapped a bunt that bounced at the plate and then dribbled along the first base line, right where Rajai was trying to run. Davis inadvertently kicked the ball, and was immediately called out by the home plate umpire. But Davis and Tribe manager Trent Jewett immediately protested, saying that the ball was foul first, so it shouldn’t have mattered that he touched it with his foot. The umpires had a brief conference, and decided that Davis and Jewett were right, and the bunt had been foul.
Brad Eldred  -- photo by NancyZ
There was no counter-argument from the Bison. That gave Davis another life at the plate, and he promptly responded by blasting the next pitch over the wall in left-center field, for his third homer of the season. (photo above — Davis crosses the plate on his solo homer ) The next pitch from Smith hit SS Brian Bixler. 3B Yurendell de Caster hit a pop fly to right field for the second out. Then 1B Brad Eldred (photo ) smashed a monster home run to left field that hit the right-hand flag pole (the one with the City of Indianapolis flag, closest to center field ) about a third of the way up the pole. It was the Indians’ third homer of the game, and brought the score to 7-0.
The Tribe added another run in the 4th inning, when C Einar Diaz took Sean Smith’s first pitch into the berm along the left field foul line for his first home run of the season. (photo — Trent Jewett congratulates Einar Diaz as he circles the bases )
Trent Jewett congratulates Einar Diaz -- photo by NancyZ
Sean Smith lasted only 5 innings for Buffalo, throwing 92 pitches in those 5 innings. He allowed 8 runs, all earned, on 9 hits, with one walk and two strikeouts. Rich Rundles, just up from AA Akron, made his AAA debut with the Bison, entering the game in the 6th inning in relief. He got the first out in the 6th, and then gave up a double down the left field line to Einar Diaz, and a triple to the deepest part of left-center field to SS Brian Bixler (photo below, Trent Jewett congratulates Brian Bixler on his triple ), which scored Diaz, pushing the score to 9-2. It was Bixler’s fifth triple of the season.
Trent Jewett and Brian Bixler  -- photo by NancyZ
The Tribe scored one more time in the 8th inning. With two out, Einar Diaz made his third hit of the game, and the third one to go screaming down the left field line. This one bounced off the glove of the Bison 3B Andy Marte, who could not quite get there, for a single. Rajai Davis must have thought that left field line looked inviting, because he followed with a nearly identical smash that also bounced off Marte’s glove. This one earned Marte an error, and Davis was safe on first. Brian Bixler joined the hit parade with a single to left-center to load the bases. That brought up Russ Johnson, who had taken over for Yurendell de Caster at third base in the top of the 6th inning. Johnson worked the count full, and fouled off one more, before taking an outside pitch for the walk. That forced in Diaz with the final run, for a score of 10-2.
Einar Diaz went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI for the game. Brian Bixler, Brad Eldred, and Jose Hernandez each had two hits for the Tribe. All the starters but one (Luis Ordaz ) had at least one hit.
“Home runs pick everybody up”, said Bullington. “Hitting is definitely contagious, and when you get everybody going early, it certainly makes for a good night.
“My teammates really swung the bats tonight, and that was a good win for us.”
Superior pitching and long bombs — a great combination.
Indians’ hitting gem of the game — too easy: four home runs, by Jose Hernandez, Rajai Davis, Brad Eldred, and Einar Diaz. They accounted for 7 of the Indians’ runs.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game — again, too easy: Bryan Bullington’s 8 innings, giving up only 4 hits and 2 runs. Six of those innings were three up-three down. He wanted to get them back for the last time he pitched against the Bison in Buffalo, and he certainly did.
NOTES:
Roster moves:
Sean Burnett was placed on the Disabled List, though the reason was not specified.
Dan Kolb came off the DL, and he pitched a scoreless 9th inning. His hamstring is doing fine.
Masumi Kuwata is expected to be activated on Friday. The Japanese media entourage has already started to appear at Victory Field, and a section of the upper deck behind home plate has been designated the media overflow section.
Rajai Davis again extended his hitting streak. It now stands at 18 consecutive games with a hit. He also continues to lead the league with 27 stolen bases.
An interesting pitcher-batter match-up in this game: Tribe pitcher Bryan Bullington vs. Bison RF Brad Snyder. They were teammates at Ball State University, where Snyder was one year behind Bullington. Bullington won this match, though. Snyder singled in the 3rd inning and scored, but Bullington struck him out in the 5th inning, and got him to ground into a double play in the 8th inning.
Don’t forget to vote for our Indians on the AAA All-Star ballot, beginning on Friday June 1st. (today!) Go to www.indyindians.com
or www.milb.com
to look for the place to vote.
Go Tribe!

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Sean Burnett -- photo by NancyZ
The Indianapolis Indians had the tables turned on them this afternoon at Victory Field. After pounding the Bison 10-3 yesterday, the Indians found themselves on the losing end of an 11-6 score today. The Indians did do better at putting hits on the board today (11 ) than the Bison did yesterday (5 ), but it wasn’t enough to catch up to the Bison’s 15 hits for 11 runs.
Indians starter Sean Burnett (photo ) did well in the first inning, retiring the first three batters in the line up. He did give up a walk to RF Franklin Gutierrez, but then picked him off base and threw him out as he tried to make it to second base.
The second and third innings were trouble for Burnett. League-leading hitter CF Ben Francisco led off with a single up the middle. He moved to third on 1B Ryan Mulhern’s single to right. LF Jason Cooper smashed a double to deep center field, which Tribe CF Rajai Davis couldn’t quite get to, and both Francisco and Mulhern scored. In the third inning, SS Luis Rivas hit a sharp grounder to third which bounced high off Tribe 3B Jose Hernandez’s glove and into left field. With DH Shin-Soo Choo batting, Rivas stole second base. Choo followed with an infield single towards first. Brad Eldred fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw to Burnett, who ran over to cover first, was a little behind Burnett as he ran, and Burnett couldn’t hold onto the ball. Choo also stole second base as Ben Francisco was batting, and both runners held their positions at second and third when Francisco grounded out to third. Then 3B Andy Marte lofted a high fly that bounced on the top of the wall as it went over in left center field, for a 3-run homer.
David Parrish -- photo by NancyZ
At the end of three innings, Burnett had thrown 86 pitches (50 for strikes ). He was relieved as Jesse Chavez started the top of the 4th inning. Chavez also gave up a leadoff hit, a double up the middle by Franklin Gutierrez. Another hit by Choo moved Gutierrez to third, and Francisco’s sacrifice fly to deep center field scored the run.
The Indians started a comeback in the bottom of the 5th. Bison pitcher Bubbie Buzachero, usually a reliever, made a spot start because the previously scheduled starter, Rafael Perez, was called up to the Cleveland Indians a few days ago. Buzachero pitched 4 innings, giving up only two hits, and hitting Brad Eldred with a pitch. Another reliever, Jake Dittler entered the game in the 5th inning. With one out, LF Luis Matos walked. David Parrish (photo ) hit a long fly ball that sailed over the left field wall, not far from the foul pole, for his first home run with the Indians. “It felt pretty good”, said Parrish in a statement after the game. “He [pitcher Jake Dittler] started me off with a first-pitch curveball, and then he came back with an inside sinker. I was able to get a hold of it and the wind was blowing out, so that always helps.”

Brian Rogers -- photo by NancyZ
That 6-2 bit of hope was short-lived, however. In the top of the 6th, reliever Brian Rogers (photo ) entered the game. He first struck out C David Wallace, but then had to face the top of the Bison’s order, who came up with three straight hits. Franklin Gutierrez hit a grounder deep to short, which Indians SS Nick Green was able to come up with, but not in time to throw out Gutierrez at first. Luis Rivas hit a double to the deep part of left-center field, which bounced off the top of the wall (for the second time in the game ) but landed in the outfield instead of on the grass berm above the outfield. That put runners on second and third bases. Shin-Soo Choo singled up the middle, scoring both Gutierrez and Rivas. Choo moved to second on the throw in from the outfield, and then stole third base. Andy Marte doubled down the left field line to score Choo, and 2B Joe Inglett singled into left field to score Marte, making the score 10-2.
Michael Ryan -- photo by NancyZ
The Indians scored again in the bottom of the 6th. Michael Ryan (photo ) shot a single down the right field line and into the corner, where Bison RF Gutierrez had trouble handling it. Ryan went to second base on the error. Brad Eldred’s fly out to center field allowed Ryan to tag up and go to third base. Then 3B Jose Hernandez grounded a single under SS Rivas’ glove to score Ryan.
Chris Hernandez came in to pitch the 7th and 8th innings. He faced 7 batters over the two innings, but the only batter who did not record an out was Luis Rivas, who homered to left-center field, pushing the score to 11-3. Juan Perez pitched the 9th inning for the Tribe, walking one, but then getting the next three batters out.
The Indians made another attempt to catch up in the bottom of the 8th. Michael Ryan got his second hit of the game when he grounded the first pitch he saw into right field for a single. A single by Brad Eldred moved Ryan to third, and pitcher Jake Dittler hit Jose Hernandez with a pitch to load the bases. That brought up DH Russ Johnson (photo below ). While Johnson was at the plate, Dittler threw a wild pitch, allowing Ryan to score, and Eldred and Hernandez to each advance one base. That put both runners in scoring position, so that when Johnson lined a single into right field, both Eldred and Hernandez scored. That made the score 11-6, and sent Dittler to the showers, in favor of reliever Matt Miller. Miller allowed a single to Luis Ordaz, but struck out Luis Matos and David Parrish to end the rally. Reliever Edwin Mujica pitched a perfect 9th inning for the Bison, to end the game.
Bannister and Johnson -- photo by NancyZ
Sean Burnett took the loss for the Indians, taking his record to 4-4, with a 4.37 ERA. Jake Dittler got the win, his second of the season. Luis Rivas and Shin-Shoo Choo each had 3 hits for the Bison, while Franklin Gutierrez, Andy Marte, and Jason Cooper each had 2 hits. The Indians offense was led by Michael Ryan, who went 2 for 5; Luis Ordaz went 2 for 4 with a double, and David Parrish went 2 for 4 with a homer.
Indians’ hitting gem of the game: David Parrish’s 2-run home run in the bottom of the 5th, which started the Tribe’s scoring.
Indians’ defensive gem of the game: In the top of the 6th inning, Ben Francisco hit a stinging line drive right up the middle, which looked like it was going to be a run-scoring hit. 2B Luis Ordaz had other ideas, though. He went to his right and made a diving catch at the very last second for the out.
The Indians’ record stands at 30-21 overall, and 14-11 at home.
NOTES:
Rajai Davis again increased his hitting streak, to 17 straight games.
Beginning on Friday June 1st, fans will be able to vote for which players will be members of the 2007 International League (and Pacific Coast League ) All Star Team. Go to www.indyindians.com or www. milb.com
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Pitcher Masumi Kuwata will be in Indianapolis by the end of the week:
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