Indianapolis Indians 7, Durham Bulls 5
Home runs by RF John Bowker and DH Andrew Lambo and a triple by LF Corey Wimberly gave the Indians the offense they needed to power past the Bulls tonight. The game was played at the old Durham Athletic Park, which is the original stadium in Durham — the one where the old A-level team played, and where the movie “Bull Durham” was filmed. Last season, the Bulls played one game at the old stadium, which sits about 5 blocks from their “new” stadium, Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Everyone must have had fun, because they decided to do it again this year, and this time the Indians were the visitors who got to participate. It was a bit awkward for the players — they had to change clothes and do batting practice at the new stadium, then take a bus to the old stadium for the game. After the game, they rode back to the new facility to shower up and change clothes again. Lambo said that the players had fun at the old park, even though the dugout was a little cramped. The teams wore “retro” uniforms for the game.
Jose Ascanio (photo) made a one-inning start for the Indians, throwing 31 pitches (20 strikes) and giving up 2 runs. Ascanio began the inning by allowing a single to SS Ray Olmedo. CF Justin Ruggiano reached base on a fielding error by 3B Josh Harrison. A wild pitch by Ascanio let both runners move up a base, then a walk to LF Brandon Guyer loaded the bases with no outs. Ascanio got a strikeout, but then RF Chris Carter lined a double into right field, bringing in both Olmedo and Ruggiano to score. Another strikeout and a ground out got Ascanio out of the inning, though with the Indians trailing 2-0.
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 5, Indianapolis Indians 2
Justin Wilson (photo) pitched 4 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk tonight at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Unfortunately for Wilson and the Indians, those 4 innings followed a rough 1st inning, in which he gave up 3 runs on two singles and two doubles, causing Wilson to be charged with the loss.
The Tides began the bottom of the 1st with three consecutive hits — singles by CF Tyler Henson and former Indy Indian SS JJ Hardy. LF Nolan Reimold doubled down the left field line and into the corner, driving in Henson and putting Hardy on third base. After a strikeout, a passed ball skipped off C Dusty Brown’s glove and all the way back to the backstop (passed ball), allowing Hardy to score. 3B Josh Bell bounced a grounder down the left field line for an RBI double, bringing in Reimold for a 3-0 lead.
The first six Indians’ batters went down in order, before RF Andrew Lambo led off the 3rd inning with a grounder that bounced right onto the first base bag, over a Tides’ infielder, and down the right field line into the corner. That put Lambo onto second base, and he moved up to third on a grounder by CF Gorkys Hernandez. He got no further, though, as DH Corey Wimberly flied out.
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.