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.
3B Brian Friday and 2B Chase d’Arnaud
Durham Bulls 12, Indianapolis Indians 3
For the second night in a row, the Indianapolis Indians struggled both at the plate and in the field, as they fell to the Durham Bulls in the first game of a 4-game series at Victory Field. The Bulls posted 19 hits for 12 runs, in a game that seemed similar to last night’s game against the Norfolk Tides. They scored in all but three innings (same as the Tides last night), and had runners on base in every inning (as did the Tides). In addition, the Bulls put the first runner on base in each of the first five innings, and in seven of nine innings.
Sean Gallagher (photo) made the start tonight, and like yesterday, he had two batters reach base against him in the top of the 1st inning. Gallagher hit the first batter, CF Desmond Jennings, with a pitch. Jennings stole second base on the first pitch to LF Justin Ruggiano. Then Ruggiano lined into left field, and Jennings came around to score. An alert play by Tribe LF Alex Presley had the ball back in to the infield and to second base quickly, and Ruggiano was tagged out at second base by 2B Chase d’Arnaud.
3B Russ Canzler began the 2nd inning with a looping single into right field, but after a pop up, Canzler was erased in a strike-out-throw-out double play. Former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak led off the 3rd inning with a double into the right-center field alley, and after a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly by Jennings brought Furmaniak in to score, giving the Bulls a 2-0 lead.
The Bulls increased their lead to 4-0 in the 4th. DH Chris Carter led off with a solo home run, which saw RF Andrew Lambo trying to climb up the padded right field wall (it never works) in a desperate attempt to grow 12 feet taller. Gallagher walked Canzler after the homer, and two outs later, he hit Furmaniak with a pitch. SS Ray Olmedo gr ounded sharply to first, and the ball dinged off 1B Andy Marte’s glove for a single. Canzler was off and running with the pitch, and he came around to score, even though d’Arnaud got to the ball quickly. A ground out to third and an excellent scoop by 3B Brian Friday ended the inning.
Pedro Ciriaco gets back to first base safely
Norfolk Tides 11, Indianapolis Indians 3
The Norfolk Tides swamped the Indians at Victory Field tonight, ending this 4-game series with a 2-2 tie. Starter Brian Burres (photo) suffered his 4th loss of the season (no wins) and lasted just 4 innings, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts.
The Tides had base runners on in every inning, and they scored in 6 of the 9 innings. Burres began the game with a strikeout, but things went downhill from there. The second batter, 2B Ryan Adams lined a single into right field, and LF Nolan Reimold followed with a long home run over the left field wall, all the way to the sidewalk behind the grass berm. Burres got a fly out and a strikeout to end the inning. In the 2nd, the Tides made it 3-0 with SS Brendan Harris’ solo home run, which landed in almost the same place as Reimold’s.
The Indians had a chance to return fire in the bottom of the 1st inning. RF Corey Wimberly and SS Chase d’Arnaud led off with back-to-back line drive singles, one to right field and one to left. It would have been a great opportunity to answer the Tides, but the next three batters could not move the runners along — a fly out, a pop out, and a fly out, leaving Wimberly and d’Arnaud standing there.
Brian Friday makes the play at third base.
Norfolk Tides 6, Indianapolis Indians 0
Three Norfolk pitchers combined to hold the Indians to just 3 hits in a shut-out game tonight at Victory Field. Only the outfielders had hits — LF Alex Presley and CF Gorkys Hernandez both singled and RF Andrew Lambo doubled. Starter Rudy Owens was not able to contain the Tides’ batters, and he suffered his second loss of the season.
The Tides’ batters got to Owens (photo) in the top of the 1st. CF Tyler Henson and 2B Ryan Adams led off with back-to-back singles into left field. With runners on the corners, Owens struck out the next two batters, former Indy Indian SS Nick Green and 1B Brandon Snyder. It looked like Owens might get out of the jam, but LF Nolan Reimold worked the count full, fouled off a couple more pitches, then ripped a double into left-center field. LF Presley and CF Hernandez both raced toward the ball, and at the last possible second, Presley made a desperate dive — but could not come up with the ball. That drove in both base runners, to give the Tides a 2-0 lead.
Owens pitched a scoreless 2nd inning, then gave up a solo home run to Snyder in the 3rd inning, increasing the Tides’ lead to 3-0. He retired the side in order in the 4th. In the 5th, RF Blake Davis grounded sharply through the hole and into left field, but as he rounded first and headed for second, Davis was not counting on Presley in left field. Presley came up throwing, and his throw to 2B Pedro Ciriaco was on-target and well ahead of Davis, who was out at second. Adams also reached base when he grounded to first. 1B Matt Hague made a great diving stop, but when Owens arrived to cover the bag, he dropped Hague’s toss for an error. Adams was left on first when a fly out ended the inning.
Celebrate the win!
Indianapolis Indians 7, Norfolk Tides 6
The Indianapolis Indians pulled out another come-from-behind win over the Norfolk Tides this afternoon at Victory Field, and once again the Max Schumacher Victory Bell rang out at the end of the game. Justin Thomas earned his first win for the Indians, and Tim Wood earned his third save, while 1B Matt Hague (photo) went 3-for-4 at the plate. Three Indians hit solo home runs: Hague, LF Alex Presley, and C Dusty Brown.
The game did not start out well for the Indians. Lead-off batter 3B Josh Harrison opened the bottom of the 1st with a line drive single into left-center field, but as he took a few steps out of the batters’ box, he began to limp. He limped his way down to first base (ordinarily, he might have made it to second on this hit), then called for time out. After a brief discussion with trainer Bryan Housand and manager Dean Treanor, Harrison came out of the game. Chase d’Arnaud came in as a pinch runner, then stayed in the game to play second base, while Brian Friday moved from second over to third base. There was no further word by the end of the game about Harrison’s condition.
Unfortunately, before anything else could happen, d’Arnaud was picked off first base and caught stealing. The reason that it was so unfortunate for the Indians was that one out later, Presley rocketed a home run over the right field wall for his third home run of the season. It was a solo homer, but it could have been a 2-run homer. Hague slapped a sharp grounder up the middle after the home run, but he was left on base.