Four Tribe Pitchers Combine For Shutout

Indianapolis Indians� 8,� Columbus Clippers� 0 ..��� (box)

IMG_4157Four Indianapolis Indians pitchers combined to shut out the Columbus Clippers at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio.� They held the Clippers to a total of 4 hits and 2 walks.� CF Alex Presley supported them with 3 hits, and both 1B Doug Bernier (photo) and RF Brandon Moss contributed 3 RBI.

The Indians got things started in the top of the 1st with a one-out single by 3B Akinori Iwamura, and after the second out, RF Brandon Moss launched his 21st home run of the season, bringing in Iwamura for a 2-0 lead.� They added 2 more runs in the 2nd.� With one out, SS Pedro Ciriaco smacked a grounder towards third base.� The ball glanced off the glove of Columbus 3B Argenis Reyes and past him down the left field line, and Ciriaco cruised into second base with a double.� After a strikeout by C Jason Jaramillo, 2B Brian Friday lifted another double into center field, and Ciriaco came around to score from second base.� Doug Bernier followed with a line drive single into left field, and Friday also scored.� Bernier stole second base, but was left there when a ground out ended the inning.� The Indians were up, 4-0.

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IMG_3940Charlie Morton was originally listed as the starting pitcher tonight, but he was recalled by the Pirates so that he can made the start for them tomorrow.� Dana Eveland (photo) made the spot start in Morton’s place.� Eveland had to work around one runner on base in each of the first three innings.� 2B Drew Sutton lined a single into left field in the bottom of the 1st, but Eveland got 1B Wes Hodges to bounce into an around the horn double play, Iwamura to Friday to Bernier.� DH Jared Goedert walked with two outs in the 2nd, but Eveland struck out former Indy Indian Luke Carlin to end the inning.� Clippers’ SS Josh Rodriguez reached base on a fielding error by Brian Friday to begin the 3rd inning, but Eveland induced three grounders, again keeping the Clippers scoreless.

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Jakubauskas Is Sharp In Start

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Jakubauskas on the mound

Indianapolis Indians� 2,� Toledo Mud Hens� 1 ..���� (box)

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A pitching duel erupted at Victory Field tonight, and it ended with the Indians and starter Chris Jakubauskas (photo above) on top.� The win gives the Indians an 11 – 9 game lead of the season series.

Chris Jakubauskas (photo) made his first start as an Indian since early April.� He was told in advance that he’d be limited to about 60 pitches.� It turned out that he threw 61, 41 of which were strikes.� He was clearly sailing, with his curve ball working well.� Jakubauskas said after the game that his sinker was also working well for him, and that was a bit unusual. He allowed only 3 hits and one walk, and struck out 5 batters.

Jakubauskas gave up a single to Mud Hens’ 2B Scott Sizemore with two outs in the 1st inning, but ended the inning with a grounder force out.� He worked around a walk to 1B Michael Bertram in the 2nd inning, finishing that inning with a strikeout.

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(Photo:� John Bowker and Brian Myrow)

The only inning in which Jakubauskas had any trouble was the 3rd.� Mud Hens’ 3B Shawn Roof led off the inning with a triple into right-center field.� RF John Bowker went way to his right to try to catch up to the line drive, but it got just past him and rolled all the way to the wall, as Roof cruised into third base.� Toledo RF Justin Henry follwed with a twisting single into left field, bringing in Roof, to give Toledo a 1-0 lead.�

But that was all the scoring the Mud Hens would do.� In fact, it was all the anything they would do until the 9th inning.� After Henry’s single, Jakubauskas retired the next three batters, finishing the 3rd inning with two strikeouts.� Then he retired the next six batters he faced, including a strikeout in each of the 4th and 5th innings.� With the pitch limit imposed on him, he knew that would be all, but he looked as if he could have gone at least another inning if needed.

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Two Homers Too Much For Tribe

Louisville Bats� 5,� Indianapolis Indians� 1 ..�� (box)

IMG_4097Two home runs by Bats’ RF Wladimir Balentien plus an RBI single drove in a total of 4 runs, as the Bats made quick work of the Indians at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky tonight.� 3B Mitch Jones scored the Indians’ only run of the game, and starter Mike Crotta (photo) suffered the loss.

The Bats’ first two runs of the game were sparked by two triples.� Mike Crotta had worked around a base runner in each of the first two innings — CF Dave Sappelt reached on a fielding error in the 1st but was erased with a double play, and LF Danny Dorn walked in the 2nd but was left on base.� With two outs in teh 3rd inning, Sappelt drove a low liner into the right center field alley.� CF Alex Presley chased after the ball and made a diving attempt to catch it, but the ball went off his glove, and he had to hop up and track it down before he could throw the ball back to the infield.� By then, Sappelt had cruised into third base with a triple.� Crotta’s first pitch to 2B Wilkin Castillo hit the dirt and bounced away from C Erik Kratz to the left of the home plate area.� Kratz scrambled over to pick up the ball and throw to Crotta covering the plate, but Kratz was throwing from a sprawled position on the ground, and his throw was high and wide, and the run scored.

The 4th inning began with the second triple, this one by 1B Yonder Alonso.� The ball bounced just inside the first base line but past the diving 1B John Bowker, down past the rolled up tarp and into the right field corner.� RF Brandon Moss hoped the ball would carom off the wall and toward him as he raced over in right field, but there was no carom and Moss ahd to chase it down.� Alonso was easily in with a triple.� Wladimir Balantien followed with a single through the hole and past SS Doug Bernier and into left field, plating Alonso, to give the Bats a 2-0 lead.

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Indians Fall To Bats In A Hit-O-Rama

Louisville Bats� 10,� Indianapolis Indians� 6 (box)

IMG_4414Twenty-nine combined hits kept things hopping at Victory Field tonight.� But the Bats had 18 of those hits, for 10 runs, including a 5-run 7th inning.� Louisville’s CF Dave Sappelt, in only his 9th AAA game, went 5-for-6, missing the cycle by only a home run — he had a triple, two doubles, and two singles, and made the most spectacular catch of the game in center field.

Brian Burres (photo) kept the Bats scoreless in the first three innings, despite having to work around runners on base in each of those innings.� Sappelt opened the game with a single lined over the head of Tribe SS Pedro Ciriaco, and the next batter, SS Zack Cozart followed with a line drive into center field.� But Burres took a deep breath, and got 1B Yonder Alonso to bounce right to 2B Brian Friday, who started a 4-6-3 (Friday to Ciriaco to 1B Mitch Jones) double play.� Burres walked LF Todd Frazier, but then got 3B Juan Francisco to ground another ball right to Friday to end the inning.

The second inning also began with a single, this one a grounder up the middle by RF Wladimir Balentien.� Burres got out of that with two grounders to 3B Doug Bernier and a strikeout by opposing pitcher Matt Maloney.� The Bats began the 3rd inning by getting their lead-off batter on for the third straight inning.� Sappelt doubled over the reach of Mitch Jones at first and down into the right field corner.� Cozart tried to sacrifice bunt Sappelt over to third, but his bunt attempt went up instead of down, and Burres scrambled over to catch the pop before it could fall in.� Burres whirled to throw on to third, but Sappelt had wisely remained at second base.� He wasn’t wise enough to stick close to the base, though.� Before Burres threw his first pitch to Alonso, he turned and picked Sappelt off second base.� Alonso grounded to Brian Friday at second to end the inning (photos below).

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Mud Hens Beat Indians In The 10th; Friday Steals Home

Toledo Mud Hens� 3,� Indianapolis Indians� 2 (box)

Three hits in the bottom of the 10th, including a walk-off single, gave the Mud Hens the win over the Indianapolis Indians at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio tonight.� Reliever Brian Bass (photo below), who came on to pitch the 10th inning, was the losing pitcher for the Indians.

Pitching ruled in this game, and both starters went 7 innings and allowed 2 runs.� Toledo’s Andrew Oliver gave up 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 7 batters.� Indians’ Mike CrottIMG_3809a allowed 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6 batters.

The Tribe put runners on base in each of the first two innings.� 2B Brian Friday slipped a single through the hole and into right field in the top of the 1st, and he moved to second base on a wild pitch, but he couldn’t get any further.

The second inning began with a strikeout and an ejection.� 1B Mitch Jones saw three pitches, and when he watched strike three go by, he disagreed vehemently with umpire Johnny Conrad’s call.� Jones was ejected, then had some nose-to-nose jawing with Conrad, before manager Frank Kremblas was able to pry Jones away and send him to the clubhouse.� John Bowker, who had started the game in left field, moved over to first base, and Kevin Melillo came in to play left field.� When the dust had settled, Bowker reached base on an error.� CF Andy Dirks completely missed the catch on Bowker’s long ball to straight-out center field.� The ball bounced on the warning track and over the wall for a ground-rule double.� DH Erik Kratz walked to put two runners on, but two fly outs ended the inning.

Mike Crotta retired the side in the 1st inning, then gave up two singles, to 1B Michael Bertram and RF Ben Guez, in the 2nd inning.� Crotta got out of that jam with a timely double play, on a 6-4-3 double play (SS Pedro Ciriaco to 2B Brian Friday to 1B John Bowker).

Brian Friday stole a run to put the Indians onto the scoreboard in the 3rd.� Pedro Ciriaco began the inning with a single lined into center field.� Brian Friday bounced to third base, forcing Ciriaco out at second base, but Friday was safe at first.� Andrew Oliver picked Friday off first, but when Friday turned and raced to second base, 1B Bertram’s throw to second was low.� The ball skittered into the outfield and instead of an easy pick-off, Friday was safe at second base with a steal.� Friday moved to third base on CF Alex Presley’s ground out.� Then with left-handed hitting RF Brandon Moss at the plate, Friday stole home.� On the 1-0 pitch, Moss stepped back from the plate as Oliver finished his delivery, and Friday slid in as Toledo C Max St. Pierre completely missed the tag.

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