The Pirates have optioned infielder Josh Harrison back to the Indianapolis Indians today. Harrison has been with the Pirates for about 3.5 weeks, and has appeared in 16 games in that time, playing mostly third base. He also missed a few days due to an oblique strain. He hit .283 (17-for-60) with 2 doubles and 4 RBI in that time, with one walk and 5 strikeouts. Harrison was hitting .321 for the Indians when he left at the end of May, with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, and 11 RBI. While solid at the plate, the Pirates have some concerns about Harrison’s defensive play. He made 10 errors while with the Indians and one error since joining the Pirates.
The next move that’s expected is for the Pirates to call up infielder Chase d’Arnaud (photo). D’Arnaud is hitting .280 for the Indians, but while he began the season with a slow April (hitting .217), he stepped it up to .329 in May and .299 for June. He also has 12 RBI in May and 14 RBI in June. He’s also hitting lefties much better than right-handed pitching: .258 vs Left, and .241 vs Right. D’Arnaud is not on the Pirates’ 40-man roster, so
the Pirates will have to make another move to open up a spot.
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.
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 4, Indianapolis Indians 3
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The Indianapolis Indians were in the lead for most of the game tonight at Coca-Cola park in Allentown, PA, but the Iron Pigs staged a 8th inning rally to take the win.
SS Chase d’Arnaud began the game with a double into right field, skipping between the Iron Pigs’ 1B Cody Overbeck and the first base bag. 2B Brian Friday singled into left field, and d’Arnaud rounded third and headed for the plate as former Indy Indian (2010) LF Brandon Moss made the throw in from left field. Moss’ throw was on time, and another former Indian (2009-10) C Erik Kratz made the catch and tried for the tag. But d’Arnaud was faster, and Kratz lost the ball when he went for the tag, and the Tribe had a 1-0 lead. LF Alex Presley flied out to left field, and again Moss’ throw to the infield was not in time, so that Friday was safe when he tagged up and raced for third. But Moss got it right on his third try — RF John Bowker also flied out to left, and Moss turned it into a double play when this throw to the plate was on target and on time, allowing Kratz to tag out Friday as he tried to tag up and score from third.
Back-to-back singles by 3B Andy Marte and 1B Matt Hague led off the 2nd inning for the Indians. C Wyatt Toregas bounced into an around-the-horn double play, eliminating Hague at second, but allowing Marte to reach third base. CF Gorkys Hernandez grounded to short, but he was fast enough to beat out the throw to first, earning an infield single and an RBI, as Marte scrambled home from third to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
Garrett Olson began his night on the mound with 4 perfect innings. Moss broke up the (brief) no-hitter with a double to lead off the 5th inning, then was out in a double play. RF Delwyn Young flied out to center, then Hernandez’s throw in to third base allowed Marte to tag out Moss as he tried to advance to third.
Indianapolis Indians 8, Rochester Red Wings 3
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Brad Lincoln earned his 6th win of the season, pitching into the 8th inning at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY this afternoon. The win meant that the two teams split the 4-game series. Lincoln gave up 3 runs (one earned) to the Red Wings, and struck out 7 batters. The Indians posted 16 hits, with each member of the lineup picking up at least one hit. 2B Brian Friday led the offense with 4 hits (4-for-5), and DH John Bowker drove in 3 runs.
The Tribe jumped right out to an early lead with 4 runs in the top of the 1st. SS Chase d’Arnaud began the game with a single into left field, and a wild pitch moved him to second base. Friday lined a single into left field, and d’Arnaud scored from second base. LF Alex Presley grounded to short, and a force at second removed Friday, but Presley was safe at first base. Presley came in on Bowker’s 2-run homer for a 3-0 lead. Three singles — by 3B Andy Marte, RF Miles Durham, and C Wyatt Toregas – brought in Marte for the 4th run of the inning. The Indians added 2 more runs in the 3rd. 1B Matt Hague doubled with one out, and he scored on Toregas’ liner into left field. CF Gorkys Hernandez walked, then d’Arnaud singled into left field. Toregas scored easily on d’Arnaud’s hit, but Hernandez was thrown out at the plate when he tried to come around and score from first. Indians up, 6-0.
Lincoln took the mound in the bottom of the 1st with a 4-run lead in his pocket. He gave up a single to SS Trevor Plouffe, the first of three for him in the game, but erased him with a double play. Three singles, including one by Plouffe, and a fielding error by Hernandez brought in two runs for the Red Wings in the bottom of the 3rd. Lincoln retired the side in order of the 4th, and he worked around two singles in the 5th. He gave up another unearned run in the 6th, on a single and a fielding error by Presley. The Red Wings went down in order in the 7th also, then began the 8th with two singles and a strikeout. That was all for Lincoln, who allowed 9 hits and a walk on the way to the 3 runs. He did not hit any batters (sometimes a problem for Lincoln, who likes to pitch inside). He threw exactly 100 pitches, with 66 strikes. Justin Thomas came on in relief, and got two quick outs to end the inning without a run scoring.
The Indians threatened again in the 4th, when Friday led off with a double. He moved to third base on a ground out. Bowker grounded to short, where Plouffe made the scoop and fired back to the plate, where Friday was tagged out. Presley singled in the 7th, went to second base on a ground out, and on to third on a wild pitch, but was left there when the inning ended.
Another rally brought in 2 more runs for the Tribe in the top of the 9th. Friday also opened this inning with a double (ground-rule). He scored from second on Bowker’s line drive single into deep right field, and Bowker moved to second base on the throw in from the outfield. Bowker advanced to third base on Marte’s ground out, and scored on Hague’s RBI single.
Jose Ascanio pitched the bottom of the 9th for the Tribe. He pitched a perfect inning, with a ground out and two strikeouts, in his second appearance since returning to the Indians from Pittsburgh.
The Indians will be traveling to Lehigh Valley, where they will have 4 games against the Iron Pigs.