Durham Bulls 2, Indianapolis Indians 1
The Indians and the Bulls took it into extra innings at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, but it was the Bulls who came out on top. After taking advantage of an Indians’ error, Bulls’ LF Justin Ruggiano lined a bases-loaded single for the walk-off win.
Rudy Owens (photo) made the start for the Indians, one day later than he would have been regularly scheduled, because he was serving out the end of his suspension from last week. Owens gave up only a single over the first two innings, then found himself needing to work out of big jams in the 3rd and 4th. With one out in the 3rd, Bulls’ SS Ray Olmedo reached base when his Indians’ counterpart, SS Pedro Ciriaco, dropped his grounder for an error. CF Desmond Jennings walked, and Ruggiano beat out an infield hit on a swinging bunt down the third base line. 3B Josh Harrison was not expecting such a short hit, and by the time he charged in to get it, Ruggiano was already at first base. RF Brandon Guyer stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, and bounced to third, where Harrison made the scoop and instead of trying for an around-the-horn double play, he fired to the plate, and C Dusty Brown made the force out on Olmedo. Owens struck out 3B Felipe Lopez to end the inning without a run scoring.
Owens had to work out of a jam again in the 4th. He walked DH ChrisCarter, then C Robinson Chirinos smacked a grounder to third base, which hit Harrison on the leg and ricocheted all the way behind second base and into short right field. By the time 2B Brian Friday could track it down, Carter had rounded second and alertly advanced to third base. 1B Leslie Anderson followed with a line drive into right field, scoring Carter from third base with the first run of the game. There were still two runners on base and no outs. 2B Omar Luna dropped down a bunt that got too close to the mound — Owens was able to snatch it up and throw to third base for the force out of the lead runner Chirinos. A single into center field by Olmedo loaded the bases again, but Owens held tight. He got a pop out (infield fly rule) and a fly out to end the inning without any more runs scoring. Bulls 1, Indians 0.
Owens retired the next 6 Bulls in order to finish his evening’s work. In 6 innings, Owens threw 90 pitches (55 strikes), and allowed that one run on 5 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts.
Indianapolis Indians 6, Norfolk Tides 2
The Indianapolis Indians earned a split of both the 4-game series and the 8-game season series with the Norfolk Tides, with a win today at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Brad Lincoln (photo) earned his second win of the season, following a win in his last start — his best two starts of the season. LF Alex Presley provided the big offensive spark, with 3 hits for the second day in a row. The Tribe posted 12 hits, all singles, with each member of the lineup getting at least one hit. DH Andrew Lambo was the other batter with a multi-hit game, recording 2 singles and 2 RBI. In past Mothers’ Days and breast cancer awareness days, the Indians had taken advantage of the Magic Pink, using pink bats and jerseys to earn wins. Today, with the Tides wearing the pink jerseys and wielding pink bats, the Indians had to make do with pink on their spikes, particularly Lincoln’s entirely pink shoes.
The Indians missed a scoring opportunity in the top of the 1st, when the first three batters reached base safely. SS Chase d’Arnaud walked, 2B Pedro Ciriaco lined a single just past the middle infielders and into center field, and Presley lifted his first hit of the game into center field to load the bases. All three were left right there, though, when 1B Matt Hague and new RF John Bowker both struck out, and C Jason Jaramillo bounced out back to the mound. 3B Brian Friday also singled in the 2nd inning, but was caught stealing second base.
The next time the Indians loaded the bases, they took advantage of the opportunity. In the 3rd, the Tribe sent 8 batters to the plate, and scored 3 runs. D’Arnaud led off with a single, and Ciriaco bunted him to second. Presley (photo) slapped a grounder over the shoulder of Tides’ 1B Rhyne Hughe’s shoulder and into right field, and d’Arnaud came around from second to score the first run of the game. A fielding error at third put Hague on first and moved Presley to second base, then Jaramillo worked a walk to load the bases with two outs. Lambo came through on a 3-2 pitch, zipping a grounder up the middle, past the swipe of the pitcher’s glove, and past the middle infielders through to the outfield. Both Presley and Hague scored, to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. There was a brief scare, when Jaramillo slid into second base then got up favoring his right ankle. Manager Dean Treanor and the training staff checked him out, and Jaramillo was able to walk around a bit and remain in the game.
Lincoln used the pink shoes to keep the Tides from scoring in the first three innings. He gave up a lead-off single to RF Tyler Henson, then after two outs, another single to 3B Josh Bell, putting runners on the corners, but got out of the inning with a strikeout. He also gave up a single to former Indy Indian C Michel Hernandez singled off Lincoln in the 2nd, and walked 2B Ryan Adams in the 3rd, but left them on base too.
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.