3B Brian Friday and 2B Chase d’Arnaud
Durham Bulls 12, Indianapolis Indians 3
For the second night in a row, the Indianapolis Indians struggled both at the plate and in the field, as they fell to the Durham Bulls in the first game of a 4-game series at Victory Field. The Bulls posted 19 hits for 12 runs, in a game that seemed similar to last night’s game against the Norfolk Tides. They scored in all but three innings (same as the Tides last night), and had runners on base in every inning (as did the Tides). In addition, the Bulls put the first runner on base in each of the first five innings, and in seven of nine innings.
Sean Gallagher (photo) made the start tonight, and like yesterday, he had two batters reach base against him in the top of the 1st inning. Gallagher hit the first batter, CF Desmond Jennings, with a pitch. Jennings stole second base on the first pitch to LF Justin Ruggiano. Then Ruggiano lined into left field, and Jennings came around to score. An alert play by Tribe LF Alex Presley had the ball back in to the infield and to second base quickly, and Ruggiano was tagged out at second base by 2B Chase d’Arnaud.
3B Russ Canzler began the 2nd inning with a looping single into right field, but after a pop up, Canzler was erased in a strike-out-throw-out double play. Former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak led off the 3rd inning with a double into the right-center field alley, and after a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly by Jennings brought Furmaniak in to score, giving the Bulls a 2-0 lead.
The Bulls increased their lead to 4-0 in the 4th. DH Chris Carter led off with a solo home run, which saw RF Andrew Lambo trying to climb up the padded right field wall (it never works) in a desperate attempt to grow 12 feet taller. Gallagher walked Canzler after the homer, and two outs later, he hit Furmaniak with a pitch. SS Ray Olmedo gr ounded sharply to first, and the ball dinged off 1B Andy Marte’s glove for a single. Canzler was off and running with the pitch, and he came around to score, even though d’Arnaud got to the ball quickly. A ground out to third and an excellent scoop by 3B Brian Friday ended the inning.
The Pirates have promoted reliever Danny Moskos from the Indianapolis Indians to the major league team. Moskos will take the roster spot opened up when Evan Meek was placed on the Disabled List.
While Moskos struggled at the AAA level in 2010, he has done much better this season. In 8 appearances, he has allowed just 2 earned runs in 10.2 innings for a 1.69 ERA. Those 2 runs came in just one game, on April 20th in Toledo. He has allowed 9 hits and one walk, while striking out 7 batters.
Jason Jaramillo is greeted by the teammates he drove in with his grand slam
Indianapolis Indians 8, Norfolk Tides 5
A grand slam by C Jason Jaramillo gave the Indians the spark they needed to turn the game around tonight at Victory Field, as the Indians came from behind to beat the Norfolk Tides.
The game began on a good note for the Tribe. For the first time in a home game this season, the Indians scored first. They missed out on an opportunity in the 2nd inning, when 3B Josh Harrison lined a single into left field and Jaramillo lined a single into left-center, moving Harrison to third. A pop up ended the inning, leaving the runners on the corners. CF Gorkys Hernandez led off the 3rd inning with a grounder through the right side of the infield and into right field. DH Corey Wimberly dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Hernandez to second base, and 2B Chase d’Arnaud’s long fly out to right allowed Hernandez to advance to third base. LF Alex Presley singled up the middle, just past the diving SS Nick Green (a former Indy Indian in 2007), and that drove in Hernandez to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Tribe starter Justin Wilson (photo) did his part by starting the game with three hitless innings. He allowed just one walk over the first three innings. But then things turned over the next two innings, as two Tribe errors resulted in 5 runs for the Tides. Wilson began the 4th with a line out, but the next two batters reached base. A four-pitch walk put Tides’ 1B Brandon Snyder on base. Then 3B John Bell bounced just over the reach of Wilson’s glove, and toward the second base bag. SS Pedro Ciriaco and 2B Chase d’Arnaud both charged toward the ball. Ciriaco got to it, and tried to take an extra step to reach second base for the force out — but he was rushing, and he did not have a good hold on the ball. The ball fell to the ground, and both runners were safe (photos below). A pop out gave Wilson the second out of the inning, but kept the runners in place. Then Green lined a double into left field, over the head of Presley, and off the wall. That drove in both the runners, giving Norfolk a 2-1 lead. 2B Brendan Harris ran the count full, fouled off a couple more pitches, then took ball four, which brought pitching coach Tom Filer out to chat with Wilson and Jaramillo. The talking didn’t help much, as C Craig Tatum blooped an RBI single into the no-man’s-land in short right field, bringing in Green to score. RF Tyler Henson added another run with a sinking liner into left field. Wilson struck out CF Matt Angle to end the inning, but 4 unearned runs had scored, and the Tides had a 4-1 lead.
Photos: On the left, the ball has just slipped out of Ciriaco’s glove — you can see it in front of d’Arnaud’s left knee, below his glove. On the right, the ball is on the ground, with the runner Snyder beginning his slide into second.
Columbus Clippers 6, Indianapolis Indians 4
A big inning by the Clippers and too many missed opportunities by the Indians added up to another loss for the Tribe as the two teams opened a 3-game series at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. Neither starting pitcher made it out of the 4th inning. 3B Josh Harrison (photo) had two hits for the Indians and came around to score twice.
The Indians got started with an unearned run in the top of the 1st. With one out, SS Chase d’Arnaud singled up the middle and LF Alex Presley singled into left field, sending d’Arnaud to third. Presley stole second base, then 1B Matt Hague walked to load the bases. DH Andy Marte grounded to short, where Columbus SS Cord Phelps had the ball pop out of his glove. Everyone was safe on the error and d’Arnaud scored from third. But the inning ended with a strikeout by C Dusty Brown, and all three runners were left on base. Josh Harrison made it a 2-0 lead when he led off the top of the 2nd with a long and high blast into the left field bleachers.
Brian Burres, in his fourth start of the season, zipped through the bottom of the 1st, thanks to a stunning play by Harrison at third. His counterpart at third base, Lonnie Chisenhall, smacked a sharp grounder to third, where Harrison made the scoop, then made a throw across his body on the run, in time to nab Chisenhall at first. Burres gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd, to RF Travis Buck, followed by a double by Phelps, though Burres was able to work around the double and leave Phelps on base.
Indianapolis Indians 4, Toledo Mud Hens 2
The Indianapolis Indians battled the blustery weather as well as the Toldeo Mud Hens in a late-morning school day start in Toledo today. They earned the win, giving them a 3-1 record on the road so far this season.
Justin Wilson (photo) pitched 6 scoreless innings in his third start of the season, to earn his first AAA win. He gave up 2 hits, both in the 3rd inning. RF Andy Dirks dropped a looper into short right field, just out of reach of the leaping Tribe SS Chase d’Arnaud, then 2B Scott Sizemore put a sinking liner into right field, off the glove of RF Gorkys Hernandez. Wilson left both on base with a fly out and a ground out. Wilson also worked around two singles and a batter reaching on a fielding error by SS Pedro Ciriaco in the 2nd inning. That was a wind-blown ball into short right field, with Ciriaco, 3B Josh Harrison, and LF Alex Presley all chasing after it. Ciriaco tried to make a last-second twisting over-the-shoulder catch and missed. Wilson threw 97 pitches with 62 strikes in his 6 innings.
The gusty wind helped the Indians as well as hurt them. In the top of the 2nd, DH Andy Marte lifted the first pitch he saw into the wind, which took it over the left field wall for a solo home run. Marte nearly had another home run in the 5th inning, but that time his fly to left field was just short, and was caught at the wall.
The Tribe had only one hit over the next three innings — a double by Harrison in the 5th, when the wind did the same thing to the Mud Hens that it had done to Ciriaco and the Indians in the 3rd. Harrison’s high pop got caught in the wind, and with the infielders running out and the outfielders running in, the ball fell in just out of reach of SS Cale Iorg. In both instances, the outfielders might have had a better chance at running in to make the catch, but instead they let their shortstops take over. Harrison made a quick steal of third base, but he was left stranded when Hernandez struck out.