Just for something different to do….. live blogging this afternoon’s game between the Indy Indians and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees:
Top of the 1st:
SS Chase d’Arnaud fouls off the first pitch, then takes the second pitch into right field, where the S/W-B RF Dan Brewer slipped on the wet grass. D’Arnaud in for a single.
2B Josh Harrison bounces a double into left field, moving d’Arnaud to third.
LF Alex Presley lines a single into RF, and d’Arnaud scores. It’s Presley’s 56th hit of the season, leading the International League.
And now some poor baserunning. RF John Bowker bounces back to the mound, and Harrison hesitates, then is caught in a run-down on the third base line. He drags it out for a moment, but is eventually tagged out (1-2-5-2)– then Presley is also caught off second base and trapped in a run-down between second and third (2-4). Ugh!
1B Matt Hague is out on a nice diving stop by 3B Kevin Russo. Indians get one run, but they ran themselves out of getting at least one more.
Bottom of the 1st:
Justin Wilson (photo) is on the mound for the Indians. The rest of the defense is the same as yesterday, with the exception of Dusty Brown doing the catching instead of Jason Jaramillo.
CF Austin Krum strikes out
SS Ramiro Pena doubles into left field
Wilson strikes out DH Jesus Montero, one of the big hitters for S/W-B.
LF Justin Maxwell, the other big hitter for the Yankees, doubles into left field, scoring Pena from second base. Score tied 1-1.
Brandon Laird bounces off the mound to 2B Harrison to end the inning.
Top of the 2nd:
3B Andy Marte walks, but Brown bounces into a double play, 4-6-3.
DH Andrew Lambo strikes out, an easy inning for Yankees’ starter Andrew Brackman.
Bottom of the 2nd:
3B Kevin Russo — nice fielding at third by Marte, for a 5-3 out.
RF Dan Brewer — grounds into the hole. D’Arnaud kept the ball from going into left field, but he was so deep that he was already on the outfield grass, and he didn’t have a play.
Good thing they’re playing in Pennsylvania, because here in Indy we’re having the second thunderstorm of the day. It’s 71 degrees at the park in PA.
2B Luis Nunez — the Indians are shifted way to the left field side, with a huge hole on the right side of the infield — and sure enough, Nunez grounds right through that huge open space and into right field for a single. Brewer to third base.
C Gustavo Molino — long drive into right center, a bounce off the wall for a 2-RBI double. Brewer scores easily from third and Nunez races around to score from first. 3-1.
Oh wow! An appeal play, with Krum at the plate, Justin Wilson throws to third base, where an out is called! One of those runs does not count! It’s Nunez who was called out, and with no argument from the Yankees. So, the score is back to 2-1, and the Indians have been given a gift.
And Krum strikes out to end the inning.
Indianapolis Indians 5, Scranton /Wilkes-Barre Yankees 3
The Indians’ bullpen shut down the Yankees’ bats in the second half of the game, as the Tribe took the first game of this 4-game series at PNC Field in Moosic, PA. Starter Brian Burres earned his second win of the season, while RF John Bowker and C Jason Jaramillo contributed 2 RBI each.
The Indians got right down to business in the top of the 1st, opening the game with back-to-back line drive singles into left field by SS Chase d’Arnaud and 2B Josh Harrison. After a strikeout by LF Alex Presley, Bowker loaded the bases with a line drive single to right field. 1B Matt Hague (photo) made it four line drive singles (to left again), and his single drove in both d’Arnaud and Harrison to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.
The Yankees came right back with two runs off Tribe starter Brian Burres in the bottom of the 1st. Burres got a ground out, then gave up a single to SS Romiro Pena, followed by a 2-run homer to C Jesus Montero. LF Justin Maxwell struck out, then 1B Brandon Laird singled, and Burres walked 2B Kevin Russo. A grounder to short by RF Dan Brewer forced Russo out at second base, to get Burres and the Indians out of the inning, with the score tied 2-2.
Burres settled in after that first inning. Relying on his breaking ball and changeup, Burres retired the next 8 S/W-B batters in a row, before allowing a single in the 4th inning. Brewer lifted a fly ball into right field, and advanced to second base on a fielding error by Bowker in right. The error was made meaningless with a fly out to end the inning.
Andy Marte (right) celebrates with Rudy Owens and Dusty Brown after his 2-run homer.
Indianapolis Indians 3, Buffalo Bison 2
For the third year in a row, the Indianapolis Indians found that the pink breast cancer awareness jerseys brought them luck. They beat the Buffalo Bison at Victory Field tonight, to win the 4-game series 3 games to 1. Rudy Owens pitched 7 innings, allowing only one run on 7 hits for his third win of the season. Former Pirate DJ Carrasco took the loss for the Bison.
This was Owens’ (photo) first win in 5 weeks, and only the second game in which he pitched 7 innings (the other was on April 11th). He did not walk any batters. He had two strikeouts — both on Carrasco, who also struck out Owens twice.
Owens took advantage of three double plays in the first four innings. His first two innings were twins. The southpaw gave up a single (to 3B Luis Figueroa in the 1st and to 1B Valentino Pascucci in the 2nd), then got an out (pop up and fly out), then erased the base runner and ended the inning with a double play. In the 1st, CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis bounced into a standard 4-6-3 (2B Josh Harrison to SS Chase d’Arnaud to 1B Matt Hague) double play. In the 2nd, LF Jesus Feliciano grounded to first, where Hague stepped on first, then threw to second base where d’Arnaud tagged out Feliciano for the reverse force double play.
Owens retired the Bison in order in the 3rd, but got into some trouble in the 4th. Former Indy Indian Luis Figueroa zapped a grounder just inside the third base line and down into the left field corner, where LF John Bowker had to chase it down, as Figueroa raced to third base with a triple. 2B Michael Fisher lined a single up the middle, scoring Figueroa. Then Owens returned to the first/second- inning form. He got Nieuwenhuis to fly out, and got Pascucci to ground into an around the horn double play, started by 3B Andy Marte.
Trainer Brian Housand and Pitching Coach Tom Filer conference with pitcher Dan Meyer and catcher Dusty Brown, with plate umpire Mark Lollo listening in.
Buffalo Bison 5, Indianapolis Indians 1
After two days of being pounded by the Indians, the Buffalo Bison got their revenge this afternoon at Victory Field, as the Bison posted 12 hits in their win. The Indians were held to just 5 scattered hits by the Buffalo pitching staff. Buffalo starter Brian Sweeney earned his first win of the season and allowed the Indians only one run.
Sean Gallagher (photo) made the start for the Indians. The plan had been to move Gallagher from the starting rotation to the bullpen, and he did make a relief appearance last week, coming in to take over for Garrett Olson, who had been injured. But now, with Olson going onto the Disabled List, Gallagher has been moved back to the starting rotation. The Bison jumped right on Gallagher in the top of the 1st inning. After getting the first batter, former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa to pop up for the first out, Gallagher gave up a single to 2B Michael Fisher and a bunt single to C Kirk Nieuwenhuis. 1B Valentino Pascucci followed with a hard liner along the left field line for a double, driving in both Fisher and Nieuwenhuis for a 2-0 lead. Gallagher left Pascucci on second base, ending the inning with a pop out and a ground out.
Gallagher set the Bison down in order in the 2nd inning, but the Bison scored again in the 3rd. Figueroa led off with another double down the left field line, similar to Pascucci’s. Fisher singled up the middle, and the speedy Figueroa scored from second base. C Dusty Brown threw out Fisher as he tried to steal second base. The next three Bison batters all reached base safely — a grounder through the hole into left field by Nieuwenhuis, a 4-pitch walk to Pascucci, and C Mike Nickeas hit on the left wrist or forearm by a pitch. Nickeas took his time moving down to first base, but was not able to stay in the game. He was replaced by pinch-runner/catcher (another former Indy Indian) Raul Chavez. That loaded the bases with one out for the Bison. Gallagher got out of the jam by getting LF Jesus Feliciano to bounced into a double play, 2B Chase d’Arnaud to SS Pedro Ciriaco, to 1B John Bowker.
Chase d’Arnaud (19) is congratulated after his 2-run homer.
Indianapolis Indians 6, Buffalo Bisons 1
Brad Lincoln (photo) won his fourth game in a row with his best performance of the season, pitching 7 scoreless innings to lead the Indians over the Buffalo Bison at Victory Field this afternoon. This was Lincoln’s 8th start overall for the Indians, and the only scoreless start so far. He went 7 innings for the second time in a row, and struck out 7 batters for the third time this season. Lincoln allowed only 4 hits, which was the fewest he’s allowed since his first start — and that start lasted only 4.2 innings.
Lincoln scattered those 4 hits, plus one walk, so that the Bison had only one inning in which two runners reached base. He retired the first 7 Bison in order, including 3 strikeouts in the first two innings. Former Indy Indian (2008) C Raul Chavez had the first hit for Buffalo, with a grounder up the middle in the 3rd inning. The next batter, Buffalo starter Casey Fossum tried to drop down a sacrifice bunt, but the bunt went up instead of down, and 3B Josh Harrison was able to charge in and catch the tiny pop. Harrison then fired over to first base, where a temporarily confused Chavez had frozen in his tracks several feet away from the bag. Chavez was easily doubled off the bag for the inning- ending double play.
Lincoln allowed a single to lead-off batter LF Jesus Feliciano in the 4th, then struck out the next two batters and ended the inning with a ground out. He worked around an infield hits by 3B Michael Fisher in the 5th and by 1B Valentino Pascucci in the 7th. The 6th was the only inning that Lincoln allowed two Bison hitters to reach base. With one out, he walked Feliciano. SS Luis Hernandez grounded to 2B Chase d’Arnaud for what could have been a double play. D’Arnaud’s flip to SS Pedro Ciriaco erased Feliciano at second, but Feliciano’s slide made Ciriaco jump out of the way to avoid being taken down, and Ciriaco could not make the throw to first. That didn’t seem to bother Lincoln, though, as he got CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to tap back to the mound and tagged Nieuwenhuis out himself to end the inning.