Extra-Base Hits Give Indians Their First Win

The Indianapolis Indians took advantage of a fistful of extra-base hits as well as 4 hits by 2B Jordy Mercer, to earn their first win of the 2012 season.  The Tribe needed to hold off a 9th inning rally by the Toledo Mud Hens, but in doing so, they participated in what turned out to be the longest 9-inning game ever played at Fifth Third Field in Toledo:  3 hours, 57 minutes. Toledo got going first, scoring one run in the bottom of...

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Allie Records Just One Out But the Power Win

Stetson Allie lasted just six batters in his West Virginia debut, retiring only one, but the Power prevailed over the Hagerstown Suns, 5-3.  Strong relief from Mike Jefferson, Jordan Cooper and Emmanuel de Leon, who combined to allow just one run over 8.2 innings, keyed the win. CONTROL PROBLEMS ABOUND After showing much-improved command during spring training, Allie suffered a flashback to his problems in 2011.  He walked the first...

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Indy Indians Open 2012 With A Loss

The 2012 Indianapolis Indians began their season with a loss to the Toledo Mud Hens at a packed Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.  Three former Indians, now playing for the Mud Hens, contributed to the Tribe’s downfall.  The Tribe batters were held to just 4 hits by the Toledo pitching staff. Justin Wilson made his return to the starting rotation official, as the Indians’ Opening Day starter, and struggled with command...

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Nathan Baker Solid in Double-A Debut

Left-hander Nathan Baker was solid in his Double-A debut for the Altoona in the Curve’s 4-2 win on Friday. The prospect allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over five innings. Baker walked one and struck out five while throwing 79 pitches, 50 for strikes. “It was great,” Baker said after his outing. “I had a lot of support for me today. Tony [Sanchez] was awesome behind the dish tonight. Every pitch he...

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A.J. Burnett Throws 67 Pitches in a Rehab Start With Bradenton

On Sunday, Pittsburgh Pirates’ starter A.J. Burnett made his first appearance in a game situation, throwing three innings during an intrasquad game at Pirate City. He was scheduled to throw his next game tonight in high-A Bradenton. Rather than stick around in Bradenton for the week, the right-hander had a detour to make, traveling up to Pittsburgh for Opening Day. “I didn’t want to miss it,” Burnett said of...

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Hanson Leads Big Offensive Night For West Virginia

West Virginia dropped a seesaw affair in their opener, 11-9.  The Power fell behind, 6-1, in the second inning, as Nick Kingham recorded only five outs.  They came back to take a 9-6 lead, but allowed five more runs, with Rinku Singh giving up the last two to take the loss. Kingham’s main problem was uncharacteristic wildness.  He wasn’t missing by a lot, but he opened the game with seven straight balls and fell behind...

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