Starter Brian Burres threw 7 shutout innings, but got a no-decision.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 1, Indianapolis Indians 0
A pitching duel did not end up in the Indians favor today, as the S/W-B Yankees took a one-game lead in this 4-game series at Victory Field. Tribe starter Brian Burres pitched an outstanding game, going 7 shutout innings, but left the game without any runs on the scoreboard, so he was not involved in the decision. Yankees’ starter DJ Mitchell also pitched 7 scoreless innings, but earned the win. The game was scoreless until the starters were relieved in the 8th inning.
Burres scattered 3 hits and 2 walks over his 7 innings, while striking out 5 Yankees. He began his afternoon’s work by retiring the first 6 batters he faced. He gave up doubles to 2B Kevin Russo to lead off the 3rd, and to SS Ramiro Pena in the 6th, but left both of them on base. Pena also singled in the 4th, dropping a liner into right-center field just out of the reach of CF Gorkys Hernandez. Burres picked Pena off first, then 1B Matt Hague threw to SS Brian Friday, who tagged out Pena as he tried to steal second base (photo). Burres walked 1B Jorge Vazquez in the 4th, but after Pena had been erased, and he walked LF Dan Brewer in the 5th. Both of those runners were left on base, too. Burres needed 98 pitches, with 58 hits, to get through his 7 innings.
Shelby Ford’s lead-off home run was a bright spot for the Indians.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 10, Indianapolis Indians 3
A shaky first inning from Tribe starter Rudy Owens gave the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees a lead they would never give up, as the Indians lost at Victory Field tonight. Owens suffered his 4th loss of the season, and with the Tribe bullpen getting thin, outfielder Corey Wimberly made his professional pitching debut. The Yankees posted 17 hits and scored in every other inning.
It was a tough night for Owens (photo). He lasted 5 innings and allowed 7 runs on 10 hits and 2 walks. The first inning began with three consecutive hits: a double by CF Austin Krum, a single by SS Ramiro Pena, and a 2-RBI triple by C Jesus Montero. The triple hit near the top of the right field wall, over the leaping RF Miles Durham, who then crashed into the wall and fell to the ground, as CF Alex Presley chased down the ricochet. Montero held at third when 1B Jorge Vazquez grounded to third for the first out of the inning, then Owens walked LF Justin Maxwell.
Maxwell was leaning off first, and Owens’ throw to first picked him off. Maxwell took off for second base. 1B Matt Hague took a quick look over at Montero on third to make sure he was not thinking of going home on the steal attempt. But that extra second it took Hague to look to third was enough so that the throw to SS Brian Friday, covering second, was a second too late. Montero made an awkward slide into second base and Friday’s tag was late, and Montero was called safe (photos below). As Friday looked at the umpire in protest, Montero, still off balance, rolled off the base — if Friday had held the tag, Montero would have been out.
After a strikeout by 3B Brandon Laird, DH Jordan Parraz lined a 2-RBI single into center field, driving in both Montero and Maxwell. 2B Kevin Russo also walked, then RF Dan Brewer’s RBI single plated Parraz. Brewer tried to advance to second base on the throw in from Durham in right, but a quick throw by 3B Andy Marte to Friday this time let Friday tag out Brewer. The Yankees had a 5-0 lead.
Shelby Ford gets the force out at second base, as Brian Friday backs him up.
Indianapolis Indians 8, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5
The Indianapolis Indians engineered another come-from-behind win tonight, to defeat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Victory Field. 2B Shelby Ford (photo), who last played for the Indians in 2009, celebrated his return to AAA with 3 hits and started two big Tribe rallies. LF John Bowker also contributed 3 hits and 3 RBI. Reliever Tony Watson celebrated his 26th birthday with two scoreless innings of work, including 5 strikeouts.
When starters Sean Gallager and Adam Warren squared off last week, Warren dominated the Indians and held the Tribe batters to just 3 hits in 8 innings. Today, Gallagher and the Tribe turned the tables on Warren.
The Yankees began the game by taking advantage of an error in the top of the 1st. With one out, Gallagher walked SS Ramiro Pena, then gave up a single up the middle to DH Jesus Montero. 1B Jorge Vazquez tapped a fast bouncer back to the mound, which Gallagher easily fielded. He whirled and fired to Ford covering second base (photo above), for the force out on Montero. Ford’s relay on to first base, though, was airmailed and landed in the visitor’s dugout. Vazquez was awarded second base, and Pena, who had reached third base, was sent on home, for the Yankees’ first run of the game. The run would have been unearned, but while pitching to CF Justin Maxwell, Gallagher threw a wild pitch. If the throwing error had not been made, Pena would have been on third base, and would have scored on the wild pitch, which changed to run from “unearned” to “earned”. Maxwell popped out to Ford to end the inning.
Pawtucket Red Sox 9, Indianapolis Indians 2
The Pawtucket Red Sox had enough of losing to the Indians, and enough of losing at home. They had lost 8 of their last 9 home games, including the last 3 games to the Tribe. So maybe it isn’t so surprising that their frustration erupted into a 12-hit game, as they scored in all but two of their at-bats to beat the Indians 9-2 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The Indians started the game on the right foot. With two outs in the top of the 1st and rehabbing Bobby Jenks on the mound for Pawtucket, LF Alex Presley worked a walk, then stole second base. He came around to score from second on a single up the middle by 3B Andy Marte (photo), who also stole second base. That gave the Tribe a 1-0 lead…. and that was all the scoring they would do until the 9th inning.
Brad Lincoln had the start for the Indians. He began the bottom of the 1st by giving up a single to CF Che-Hsuan Lin, and he too stole second base. A ground out moved Lin to third and 3B Hector Luna plated Lin with a line drive single into center field, tying the score at 1-1. As seemed to be the trend, Luna stole second base too.
Unfortunately, the PawSox had their hitting shoes on. They took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd, after Lincoln struck out the first two batters. SS Brent Dlugach was hit by a pitch, and RF Ronald Bermudez doubled into right field. Dlugach raced around from first base to score ahead of the errant relay throw from the cut-off man 2B Josh Harrison. That gave the PawSox a 2-1 lead. Lincoln gave up a single in the 3rd, but did not allow a run to score in that inning. A double by 2B Tony Thomas and an RBI single by Bermudez added a run in the 4th. Lincoln was attacked again in the 5th, with a double by Lin, an RBI single by LF Daniel Nava, bringing in Lin. A fielding error by CF Gorkys Hernandez moved Nava to second, and he tagged up and advanced to third on a fly out. Nava scored on a wild pitch by Lincoln, increasing the PawSox lead to 5-1.
Indianapolis Indians 9, Pawtucket Red Sox 7
3B Josh Harrison (photo) went 5-for-5 at the plate to lead the Indians in a come-from-behind win over the Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island tonight. Harrison smacked two singles and three doubles, and contributed 2 RBI, as the the Indians scored 9 unanswered runs after trailing the PawSox 7-0.
Justin Wilson made the start for the Indians, but he lasted only two innings. He was responsible for all 7 of Pawtucket’s runs (6 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks, with no strikeouts. Home runs were the beginning of the end for Wilson, who gave up 3 in his briefest start of the season.
With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, Wilson gave up the first homer, a solo blast by DH Hector Luna. The trouble really got going in the 2nd, when the first four batters reached base safely. C Michael McKenry led off with another solo home run. 2B Tory Thomas singled, then 3B Brent Dlugach made the score 4-0 with a 2-run homer. SS Jose Iglesias singled, and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by RF Matt Sheely. Then Wilson walked three consecutive batters — CF Che-Hsuan Lin on four pitches, LF Daniel Nava on a 3-2 count, and Luna on a 3-1 count. Luna’s walk forced in Iglesias. A grounder to 1B Matt Hague might have been an inning-ending double play, and Luna was forced out at second, but Harrison’s throw back to first was wild, allowing 1B Lars Anderson to reach first safely, and allowing Nava to score from third base. The inning finally ended with a ground out by McKenry, but the PawSox had a 6-run inning, and led the Tribe 7-1.