Norfolk Tides 5, Indianapolis Indians 2
Justin Wilson (photo) pitched 4 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk tonight at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Unfortunately for Wilson and the Indians, those 4 innings followed a rough 1st inning, in which he gave up 3 runs on two singles and two doubles, causing Wilson to be charged with the loss.
The Tides began the bottom of the 1st with three consecutive hits — singles by CF Tyler Henson and former Indy Indian SS JJ Hardy. LF Nolan Reimold doubled down the left field line and into the corner, driving in Henson and putting Hardy on third base. After a strikeout, a passed ball skipped off C Dusty Brown’s glove and all the way back to the backstop (passed ball), allowing Hardy to score. 3B Josh Bell bounced a grounder down the left field line for an RBI double, bringing in Reimold for a 3-0 lead.
The first six Indians’ batters went down in order, before RF Andrew Lambo led off the 3rd inning with a grounder that bounced right onto the first base bag, over a Tides’ infielder, and down the right field line into the corner. That put Lambo onto second base, and he moved up to third on a grounder by CF Gorkys Hernandez. He got no further, though, as DH Corey Wimberly flied out.
Norfolk Tides 8, Indianapolis Indians 2
Yesterday the Indians blasted 3 home runs in their win over the Tides. Today the Tides returned the favor, with 3 home runs off the Indians’ pitchers, accounted for all but one of their 8 runs, to tie the series at 1 game each at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Indians put runners on base in both the 1st and 2nd innings. 2B Chase d’Arnaud opened the game with a line drive single into left field, but he was erased when SS Pedro Ciriaco bounced into a double play. 1B Matt Hague led off the 2nd inning with another liner into left field. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and moved to third on C Jason Jaramillo’s ground out, but a pair of strikeouts left Hague on third.
3B Brian Friday (photo) began the Indians’ third inning in a row with a lead-off single, this time lining into center field. CF Gorkys Hernandez dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Friday to second base. Next up was d’Arnaud, who lifted a long fly ball to center field. The Tides’ CF Matt Angle had trouble finding the ball at first, losing it in the hazy lights. D’Arnaud, thinking that Angle was not going to find the ball, put his head down, rounded first, and headed for second. Friday held up part way to third, in case the ball was caught. Angle caught sight of the ball at the last second, raced in and made a desperate lunging catch. As Friday was scrambling back to second base with a head-first dive, d’Arnaud also was diving head-first into second base. D’Arnaud crashed into Friday’s upper body, knocking him completely off the bag with a roll. Luckily, the throw back from center field was not right to the second base bag — and luckily, d’Arnaud did not slide in spikes-first. Friday quickly rolled back to touch the second base bag, and was still safe at second. About then, d’Arnaud figured out that his fly ball had been caught and he was out, and he trotted off the field. Moments later, Friday raced around to score on Ciriaco’s RBI single up the third base line. Ciriaco stole second base (his 7th steal of the season), then LF Alex Presley reached base when his grounder slipped under the glove of Tides’ 1B Brandon Snyder. The ball shot into right field, and though C John Hester plunked himself down in front of the plate to block Ciriaco, the throw in from RF Blake Davis came in up the third base line. Hester had to go chase after the ball, letting Ciriaco score. The ball ended up in the dugout, for an error on Davis, and Presley was awarded third base on that error. He was left on third, though, when Hague struck out to end the rally.
Indianapolis Indians 9, Norfolk Tides 1
The Indians blasted 3 home runs and 7 of their 12 hits were for extra-bases, as they blew the Tides out of the water at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Starter Brian Burres (photo) on his first game of the season, allowing one run on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strikeouts, in 6.2 innings. LF Alex Presley raised his average to .366 by going 3-for-5, and both 2B Chase d’Arnaud and 1B Matt Hague contributed 3 RBI each.
The Tribe got the run-scoring started in the top of the 1st. With two outs, LF Alex Presley lined a double into right field. 1B Matt Hague followed that with a 2-run homer over the left field wall, for a 2-0 lead.
The fun continued in the 2nd inning, when C Dusty Brown led off with a walk. After two strikeouts, a wild pitch by Norfolk starter and former Indy Indian Chris Jakubauskas moved Brown to second base. CF Gorkys Hernandez took a walk, then d’Arnaud blasted a 3-run homer, also to left field, and the Indians were up 5-0.
The Tribe made it 6-0 in the 3rd, on a single and a stolen base by Presley, a fly out by Hague to move him to third, and an RBI ground out by DH Jason Jaramillo.
Brian Burres was in control for 6+ innings. He gave up two singles in the bottom of the 1st, but a double play ended that inning without a run scoring. Burres worked around a double in the 2nd and a walk in the 3rd. He also gave up a single in both the 4th and the 6th, but still did not let a run score. The only hit that Burres gave up which made a difference was a solo home run to another former Indian, SS Nick Green, in the 7th inning.
The Indians won game one of today’s double header.
All the rain that was in Central Indiana yesterday moved east today.
The Altoona Curve hosting the Akron Aeros were rained out today. That game will be made up on Saturday May 21st.
The West Virginia Power hosting the Greensboro Grasshoppers were also rained out. No make-up date has been announced yet.
The Bradenton Marauders had a scheduled day off today. They are going to play their next two “home” games against the St. Lucie Mets in Port Charlotte (Charlotte Sports Park), on Wednesday and Thursday, due to roof repairs at McKechnie Field.
Indianapolis Indians 5, Durham Bulls 2
The Indianapolis Indians and the Durham Bulls split today’s double-header at Victory Field. The first game began at 11 am, with buses full of school kids present, under dark and dreary skies. As the first game wrapped up, the sun came out, and by the middle of the second game, there were sunny skies and happy clouds.
LF Alex Presley (photo) began the game on a sunny note for the Indians. With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, Presley blasted a solo home run over the right field wall at the 362′ mark, into a group of lucky school kids.
Starter Brad Lincoln buzzed through the first two innings, allowing only one hit and striking out 2 batters. With one out in the top of the 3rd, Lincoln ran the count full then walked Bulls’ SS Ray Olmedo. CF Desmond Jennings slipped a ground ball through the right side of the infield for a single, moving Olmedo to second base. RF Justin Ruggiano crushed a long ball off the top of the wall in the deepest part of the park, just inches from being a home run. The ball ricocheted off the wall, driving in both Olmedo and Jennings, as Ruggiano slid safely into third base. The Bulls had taken the lead, 2-1.
The Tribe answered right away with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame. 2B Brian Friday led off with a bloop single into short left field. CF Gorkys Hernandez bunted Friday to second base, and DH Corey Wimberly followed by dropping another bloopy hit into the space behind third base, out of the reach of any of the Bulls. Friday scrambled around to score from second base, tying the score. Wimberly promptly stole second base. After a pop out, Presley grounded through the left side of the infield, sending Wimberly around to score. The throw in from left field was not in time to get the speedy Wimberly at the plate, but Bulls’ C Robinson Chirinos alertly threw down to first base, where he caught Presley in the middle of nowhere — too far from first to get back before the throw, and too far from second base to get there either. Presley was out in the run-down (photo), ending the inning.
Alex Presley was named the Indianapolis Indians’ Player of the Month for April, and he was presented a watch by Indians’ GM Cal Burleson before the game.
Durham Bulls 6, Indianapolis Indians 1
The Indianapolis Indians struggled again this afternoon, once again giving up runs in the top of the 1st inning, as they to the Durham Bulls at Victory Field. The Tribe batters were held to just 4 hits, and managed only one run. Starter Justin Wilson took the loss, though his work was not the only problem in the game. While there were no errors charged to the Indians, there were mental and physical mistakes which made the difference in the game.
The game began with a grounder to deep short by Bulls’ RF Desmond Jennings. Tribe SS Chase d’Arnaud fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw to first (photo) was awkward and off-balance, and the throw bounced in the dirt and got past 1B Matt Hague. CF Justin Ruggiano walked, moving Jennings to second base, then Wilson got a strikeout for the first out of the inning. DH Chris Carter grounded up the middle, with the ball tipping off the glove of d’Arnaud, who had made an unsuccessful dive behind the second base bag. Jennings scored from second base on the hit. 1B Russ Canzler followed with a fly ball into left field. LF Corey Wimberly started coming in, then had to retrace his steps and race back toward the left field wall. The ball sailed over his head and bounced off the wall, allowing Ruggiano to score the second run of the game. One out later, 3B JJ Furmaniak lined a single into left field, and Canzler came in to score. Wilson ended the inning with another strikeout, and the Bulls had a 3-0 lead.