Josh Harrison’s throw to Brian Friday at second base was not in time to beat Pawtucket base runner Ryan Lavarnway.
Indianapolis Indians 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 5
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The Indianapolis Indians took advantage of a wild Pawtucket pitcher to score the winning run in the bottom of the 9th for a walk-off win at Victory Field tonight. The Indians were sporting camouflage jerseys tonight in honor of the Indianapolis National Guard. The jerseys were auctioned off during the game with the proceeds going toward the National Guard’s fund that assists families of soldiers serving overseas.
The game began ominously for starter Garrett Olson (photo) and the Indians. Since coming off the Disabled List earlier this month, Olson had made 3 other starts and had pitched brilliantly. He had allowed one run on 3 hits over 14.1 innings, and on June 14th, he pitched 5 hitless and scoreless innings, allowing just one walk. But tonight, the first 5 batters Olson faced reached base safely, and the PawSox scored 3 runs in the top of the 1st. Lead-off batter 2B Yamaico Navarro slapped Olson’s first pitch into left field for a line drive. 3B Brent Dlugach followed with an instant replay — another line drive to the same place in left field. Olson got a full count on LF Daniel Nava, then lost him to a walk, loading the bases with no outs. 1B Hector Luna slipped a grounder through the left side of the infield for an RBI single, bringing in Navarro from third. C Ryan Lavarnway took a slow grounder to short, where Tribe SS Brian Friday made the scoop and threw to 2B Josh Harrison for the force out on Luna, but Harrison’s relay throw to first was not in time to get the double play — the grounder had been too slow. That allowed Dlugach to score from third, an since it was not a double play, Lavarnway was credited with the RBI. RF Nate Spears also picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Nava. But the equally important part of Spears’ at-bat was that Spears ran the count full, and continued to foul off more pitches. It took Olson 10 pitches to retire Spears, and by this point in the inning, Olson’s pitch count was climbing at an alarming rate. Following Spears’ sacrifice fly, Olson gave up another infield single to DH Luis Esposito. Harrison raced to make the stop deep behind the second base bag and tried to flip it to Friday covering second, but was not in time (photo above). SS Jose Iglesias also worked a full count and fouled off another four pitches before finally swinging at strike three to end the inning. The PawSox had scored 3 runs before the Indians had even picked up a bat, and Olson had thrown 39 pitches in the first inning.
Brad Lincoln made the start for the Indians, and was charged with his 7th loss.
Pawtucket Red Sox 12, Indianapolis Indians 3
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Two big innings by the Pawtucket gave the Red Sox plenty of in-game fireworks to warm up the crowd for the post-game fireworks at Victory Field tonight. The PawSox scored 4 runs in the 2nd and 5 runs in the 8th, and their total of 12 runs came on just 10 hits.
Indians’ starter Brad Lincoln mowed down the first five batters he faced, striking out three of them. But with two outs in the top of the 2nd, Lincoln suddenly got into trouble. DH Ryan Lavarnway ripped a double into the right-center field gap for a double. RF Nate Spears lined a single into center field, which CF Gorkys Hernandez fired back to the plate, as Lavarnway rounded third and headed for the plate. The throw was on-target and on-time, but C Eric Fryer couldn’t keep hold of it as he went to make the tag. The ball dropped to the ground, and Lavarnway slid across the plate safely. Lincoln walked C Luis Expositon on four pitches, then 2B Brent Dlugach rocketed a double over RF Alex Presley’s head and off the top of the right field wall. That brought in Spears, but Presley’s strong throw in from right made Exposition hold up at third. With both runners in scoring position, CF Che-Hsuan Lin blooped a single into short center field, which dropped in between three Tribe fielders, brining in both Exposito and Dlugach, for a 4-0 lead.
Hernandez (photo) came through with a clutch double to help the Indians cut the PawSox lead in half in the bottom of the inning. With one out, 3B Josh Harrison, just back from Pittsburgh, took a 4-pitch walk from Pawtucket starter Kyle Weiland. Fryer grounded out, then 2B Josh Rodriguez also walked. Hernandez followed with a double off the top of the wall in the right-center field gap, and both Joshes raced around to score. The rally ended when Presley popped out to second, leaving Hernandez stranded, but the Tribe had made progress: 4-2.
Indianapolis Indians 5, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 3
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A sudden storm drove the Indians and the Iron Pigs from the field with one out and two runners on base in the bottom of the 9th at Coca Cola Park in Allentown, PA tonight. The tarp was pulled as the rain came down harder and harder, and after the game was in a delay, the storm continued to increase in intensity.
RF Alex Presley (photo) continued his hitting dominance with 4 hits in the game, and 1B Matt Hague gave the Indians a big boost with two home runs. The first homer, a high fly over the left field wall, got the game started in the top of the 1st. With one out in the top of the 3rd, Presley and SS Brian Friday hit back-to-back infield singles right back to Iron Pigs’ starting pitcher Ryan Feierabend. Hague followed with his second homer, a 3-run shot into the bullpen behind left field, to give the Indians a 4-0 lead.
Tribe starter Brian Burres pitched into the 6th inning. He gave up a 2-out single to CF John Mayberry in the 1st, a 2-out walk to 1B Cody Overbeck in the 2nd, and a 2-out double to 2B Josh Barfield in the 3rd, but each time kept the Iron Pigs scoreless. Barfield’s double hit the top of the left field wall and bounced in, but away from Tribe LF Miles Durham. The Pigs cut the Indians lead in half in the 4th. Former Indian LF Brandon Moss led off with a single, then after two outs, Overbeck lifted a rising line drive over the left field wall, well over Durham’s desperate leap. Indians ahead, 4-2.
Indianapolis Indians 10, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 5
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The newest Indian, Josh Rodriguez, went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI as the Indianapolis Indians overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA tonight. The Indians posted 15 hits, while the Iron Pigs put up 14 hits; the Tribe also worked 8 walks. SS Brian Friday also had 3 hits for the Indians, as all but one of the starting lineup had at least one hit. The Tribe pitchers combined to strikeout 14 Iron Pigs’ batters.
Once again, several former Indy Indians were on the field for Lehigh Valley: CF Rich Thompson (2005-06), LF Brandon Moss (2010), 1B Tagg Bozied (2009).
Starter Rudy Owens (photo), who has been having trouble getting through the first inning in many of his starts this season, had problems again tonight. Rich Thompson led off with a line drive off 1B Matt Hague’s glove and into short right field for a single. As usual for the speedy Thompson, he stole second base. SS Pete Orr moved Thompson to third base with a single tapped back to the mound and deflected by Owens. RF John Mayberry brought in both Thompson and Orr with a 3-run homer. Owens got Brandon Moss to pop out, but Tagg Bozied blasted a no-doubt-about-it homer over the left field wall and well past the bullpen, for a 4-0 lead. Owens also gave up a double to 2B Josh Barfield after the homer, but a fly out and a strike out ended the inning.
The Tribe put runners on base in each of the first three innings, though none of them came around to score. Chase d’Arnaud, who was on third base again tonight, led off the top of the 1st for the Indians by reaching first when SS Orr made a high throw to first base, bouncing it off the screen in front of the Indians’ bullpen. Friday singled, moving d’Arnaud to second, and a fly out by LF Alex Presley moved d’Arnaud to third. But RF John Bowker bounced into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning, keeping d’Arnaud from scoring.
The Indians threatened again in the 2nd inning, when Hague lined a ball off the Iron Pigs’ 3B Cody Overbeck’s glove and into left field. With one out, new Indian 2B Josh Rodriguez grounded to short, where SS Orr made the scoop then fumbled the ball a bit, and Rodriguez was credited with his first Indians’ hit. A grounder by CF Gorkys Hernandez forced out Rodriguez at second, but left runners on the corners with two outs. They got no further that time either, as Owens struck out to end the inning. Presley singled in the 3rd inning, but was left on base.
Indianapolis Indians 2, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 0
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Five Indians’ pitchers combined to shut-out the Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA this evening. The Pigs were held to just 4 hits, while the Indians posted 6 hits.
Starter Sean Gallagher (photo) earned his 2nd win of the season, pitching 5 scoreless innings and allowing 2 hits and 4 walks, with 5 strikeouts. Gallagher retired the Pigs in order in the 1st inning, then had to battle with runners on base in each of the next four innings. With two outs in the 2nd inning, Gallagher walked former Indy Indian C Erik Kratz and hit former Indy Indiana 1B Tagg Bozied with a pitch. He walked SS Brian Bocock to load the bases, then struck out Pigs’ starter (and another former Indy Indian) Brian Bass to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
The 3rd inning looked like an instant replay. With two outs, Gallagher again loaded the bases. He gave up a single by CF John Mayberry, who also stole second, and a walk to former Indian LF Brandon Moss. He struck out RF Delwyn Young, but strike three was a wild pitch, and Young made it safely to first base. This time it was Kratz who struck out to end the inning and leave the bases full.
Three of the Indians’ six hits came off the bat of 1B Matt Hague. CF Gorkys Hernandez had 2 hits, and 2B Brian Friday had the last Tribe hit. Hernandez’s first hit was a line drive single into left field to begin the 3rd inning. Gallagher dropped down a sacrifice bunt, moving Hernandez to second base, and when he saw that none of the Pigs were covering third base, Hernandez took off and reached third safely. “Gallagher put down a pretty good bunt, and when I got to second, I saw the third baseman was off the base. I said if I can take another base, I help my team,” said Hernandez after the game. It was a help, because after SS Chase d’Arnaud walked, Friday singled, and Hernandez scored from third. LF Alex Presley grounded to first, moving the runners to second and third bases. RF John Bowker walked, loading the bases. This time it was the Indians who left the bases loaded, though, as a fly out ended the inning, but with the Indians ahead 1-0.