Toledo Mud Hens 7, Indianapolis Indians 1
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Former Indy Indians Argenis Diaz and Jeff Salazar gave the Mud Hens both offensive and defensive boosts to help defeat the Indians at Fifth-Third Field in Toledo, Ohio tonight.
Brian Burres (photo) suffered his of the season, going 7 innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, with no walks. He began his evening with 4 scoreless innings, giving up just 2 hits — a double to CF Salazar in the 2nd and a single to C Omir Santos in the 3rd.
The Indians put runners on base in each of their first 5 at-bats, but could not get any of them around to score. DH Corey Wimberly opened the game with a double into left field and stole third base. LF John Bowker walked to put runners on the corners. 1B Matt Hague bounced into an around-the-horn double play, started by 3B Diaz, to end the inning without a run scoring. SS Jordy Mercer reached base on Diaz’s fielding error in the 2nd inning, but was immediately erased when 3B Andy Marte bounced into a double play, again started by Diaz. RF Miles Durham also walked in that inning, and was left on base.
2B Brian Friday doubled with two outs in the 3rd inning, then Mercer walked and Marte lined a single into left field in the 4th inning. The first two Tribe batters reached base in the 5th, CF Gorkys Hernandez on a throwing error by Toledo SS Cale Iorg, and Wimberly on a fielder’s choice by Toledo starter Fu-Te Ni. Wimberly moved to second on the fielders’ choice as Hernandez was out at third. Wimberly stole third base and Friday walked, again giving the Tribe runners on the corners. And again, a double play ended the inning without a run scoring.
Syracuse Chiefs 8, Indianapolis Indians 5
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The Indians opened a 4-game series against the Syracuse Chiefs tonight with a disappointing loss at Alliance Bank Stadium in Syracuse, NY. Starter Brian Burres suffered the loss, unable to get out of the 4th inning. 2B Pedro Ciriaco (photo), in his first game back with the Indians after being sent down from Pittsburgh, extended his (interrupted) hitting streak to 8 games with 3 hits.
The Pirates’ roster shuffling continued today. OF Jose Tabata was officially placed onto the Disabled List with the injury to his quad. That move allowed them to bring INF Josh Harrison back to the big league team immediately, instead of having to wait for 10 days after they’d sent him down. And, as anticipated, OF Alex Presley was officially placed onto the Pirates’ active roster.
In order to fill in spots on the Indians’ roster, OF Anthony Norman and SS Jordy Mercer were promoted from AA Altoona to Indianapolis today. Mercer had been hitting .268 for the Curve, with 17 doubles, 13 homers, and 48 RBI. Norman had appeared in 15 games for the Curve, hitting .342 with 2 doubles, 2 triples, and 4 RBI. Also, INF Josh Rodriguez was sent to Altoona. Just acquired from the Cleveland Indians last week, Rodriguez was 5-for-11 at the plate with 6 RBI for the Tribe in 4 games.
LF John Bowker got the Indians going tonight with his third home run in three days. Newcomer RF Anthony Norman began the game with a ground-rule double down the left field line. 2B Pedro Ciriaco dropped down a bunt and beat it out for a single, moving Norman to third. That brought up Bowker, who blasted a 3-run homer over the right field wall. 1B Matt Hague followed the homer with a double, and 3B Andy Marte walked, but the were left on base. The Indians had a quick 3-0 lead.
Starter Brian Burres (photo) retired the Chiefs in order in the first inning, but he struggled after that. The bottom of the 2nd began with a single by 1B Chris Marrero, then a strikeout, then two more singles by LF Jeff Frazier and former Indiana University player SS Seth Bynum. With the bases loaded and one out, CF Corey Brown tapped a grounder back to the mound, where Burres fired back to C Kris Watts, forcing out Marrero at the plate. That delayed but didn’t prevent the inevitable — Syracuse pitcher Craig Stammen singled to drive in Frazier from third, cutting the Indians’ lead to 3-1.
The Chiefs kept on going in the 3rd. With two outs, Marrero walked, then C Jesus Flores doubled, bringing Marrero all the way around from first base to score. Frazier also walked, and both Flores and Frazier scored when Bynum lifted a long fly ball to right-center, which bounced off Norman’s glove for a double. That gave the Chiefs a 4-3 lead. The 4th inning began with another pair of singles, including a second single by the pitcher Stammen, and one by 2B Steve Lombardozzi. A wild pitch from Burres put both runners into scoring position. Burres walked 3B Mark Antonelli, and ball four was another wild pitch, allowing Stammen to score from third. After a strikeout, Burres was relieved by Chris Leroux. Leroux gave up a single to Marrero, driving in Lombardozzi, then got out of the inning with a fly out and a ground out. That gave the Chiefs a 6-3 lead. Burres threw 90 pitches (59 strikes) in his 3.1 innings, allowing those 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks, with 3 strikeouts.
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.
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 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.