Indianapolis Indians 9, Pawtucket Red Sox 7
3B Josh Harrison (photo) went 5-for-5 at the plate to lead the Indians in a come-from-behind win over the Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island tonight. Harrison smacked two singles and three doubles, and contributed 2 RBI, as the the Indians scored 9 unanswered runs after trailing the PawSox 7-0.
Justin Wilson made the start for the Indians, but he lasted only two innings. He was responsible for all 7 of Pawtucket’s runs (6 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks, with no strikeouts. Home runs were the beginning of the end for Wilson, who gave up 3 in his briefest start of the season.
With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, Wilson gave up the first homer, a solo blast by DH Hector Luna. The trouble really got going in the 2nd, when the first four batters reached base safely. C Michael McKenry led off with another solo home run. 2B Tory Thomas singled, then 3B Brent Dlugach made the score 4-0 with a 2-run homer. SS Jose Iglesias singled, and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by RF Matt Sheely. Then Wilson walked three consecutive batters — CF Che-Hsuan Lin on four pitches, LF Daniel Nava on a 3-2 count, and Luna on a 3-1 count. Luna’s walk forced in Iglesias. A grounder to 1B Matt Hague might have been an inning-ending double play, and Luna was forced out at second, but Harrison’s throw back to first was wild, allowing 1B Lars Anderson to reach first safely, and allowing Nava to score from third base. The inning finally ended with a ground out by McKenry, but the PawSox had a 6-run inning, and led the Tribe 7-1.
Indianapolis Indians 6, Pawtucket Red Sox 3
3B Andy Marte (photo) blasted a grand slam in the top of the 9th to boost the Indians to a win over the Pawtucket Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
Brian Burres made the start for the Indians, though he did not figure into the decision tonight. After retiring the PawSox in order in the 1st inning, Burres gave up a double to LF Daniel Nava with one out in the 2nd. A walk to C Luis Expositio followed. 1B Matt Hague dropped a foul pop that should have been an out, giving 2B Brent Dlugach a second chance. Dlugach took advantage of the opportunity, ripping a double on a line into left field, driving in Nava. Exposito advanced to third base. SS Jose Iglasias lined a single up the middle, and Exposito also scored. Dlugach rounded third and headed for the plate, but was tagged out at the plate when CF Gorkys Hernandez’s throw to C Dusty Brown was on target and on time.
Boston Red Sox’ Bobby Jenks, with Pawtucket on a rehab assignment, pitched the first inning for the PawSox. He threw 14 pitches (8 strikes) for a scoreless inning, though LF Alex Presley singled off Jenks, with a liner into center field.
When Jenks finished his inning, he was relieved by the regularly scheduled starter, Matt Fox. The first two Indians who faced Fox reached base — Hague singled into left field, and Marte worked a walk. Fox got out of the jam by striking out DH Jason Jaramillo, getting Brown to fly out, then doubling Hague off second base.
Indianapolis Indians 4, Pawtucket Red Sox 3
The Indianapolis Indians posted 10 hits, all singles, to beat a former Indian on the mound for the Red Sox, at McCoy Field in Pawtucket, Rhode Island tonight. Brandon Duckworth, who pitched for the Tribe in 2006 and earned an 8-3 record and a 2.42 ERA in 12 starts, could not get through the 5th inning tonight, as his former team handed him his 3rd loss of the season. Indians’ starter Rudy Owens (photo) earned his 4th win, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs on 5 hits.
Both starters pitched three scoreless innings to being their outings. Owens retired the side in order in the 1st inning, then gave up lone singles, to LF Daniel Nava in the 2nd, and CF Che-Hsuan Lin in the 3rd. Duckworth also retired the Indians in order in the 1st inning. 1B Matt Hague singled through the hole and into right field in the 2nd inning. In the top of the 3rd, with two outs, 2B Josh Harrison walked, and CF Gorkys Hernandez singled up the middle, moving Harrison to second base. The two runners both stole the next base, to give the Indians two runners in scoring position, but a ground out by LF Alex Presley ended the inning.
Both teams scored one run in the 4th inning, and for both, the run was driven in by a sacrifice fly. RF John Bowker led off the Tribe’s top of the 4th with a walk. Hague smacked his second single of the game, and DH Jason Jaramillo was hit on the chest below his arm to load the bases with one out. C Dusty Brown, who had spent parts of the last 5 seasons playing for the PawSox, drove in the first Indians’ run with a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the frame, Owens walked DH Hector Luna to begin the inning. Luna advanced to second base on a ground out, then moved to third on a single by LF Daniel Nava, who slipped a grounder into center field, just past the diving reach of SS Brian Friday. 2B Tony Thomas brought in Luna with his sacrifice fly.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5, Indinanapolis Indians 1
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees won their second game in less than 24 hours, to earn a series split with the Indianapolis Indians. Today’s game began at 10:35 am in Moosic, PA, and started on time, though a misty rain fell for a large part of the game. For the second game in a row, the Yankees scored early, and for the second game in a row, the Indians were held to just one run.
Sean Gallagher (photo) suffered his 7th loss of the season. The Indians’ starter pitched 6 innings in this start. He surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter, with 4 strikeouts. The first two Yankees’ runs came in the bottom of the 1st. With one out, SS Ramiro Pena singled through the hole and into left field. A passed ball by C Wyatt Toregas let Pena move to second base. Gallagher struck out the next batter, but then International League home run and RBI leader 1B Jorge Vazquez stepped to the plate and smacked a 2-run homer just in side the left field foul pole. That increased his home run count to 17 and his RBI total to 43, and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Gallagher settled into a rhythm after the 1st inning. He scattered 2 singles, a walk, and a hit batter over the next 4 innings, and kept all those base runners from scoring. The Yankees did score another run off Gallagher in the 6th. Vazquez began the rally with a walk. A wild pitch by Gallagher moved him to second base, and LF Justin Maxwell’s single lined into left field advanced him to third. 3B Brandon Laird collected the RBI when his sacrifice fly plated Vazquez.
Meanwhile, Yankees’ starter Adam Warren was having a pretty easy time with the Tribe batters. DH Dusty Brown was the only Indians’ batter to reach base in the first three innings — he singled to lead off the 3rd, but was left on base. The Indians scored their only run against Warren and the Yankees in the 4th. CF Gorkys Hernandez (photo) led off with a single lined along the right field line, then stole second base, sliding in ahead of a late throw from the Yankees’ catcher. After a strikeout by LF Alex Presley, RF John Bowker grounded toward second base, where the ball skipped off the glove of 2B Kevin Russo for a single. Hernandez advanced to third base, then scored on 1B Matt Hague’s sacrifice fly. Hernandez crossed the plate standing when the CF Austin Krum’s throw to the plate was a little short.
That was the Tribe’s only run. Warren walked Brown to lead off the top of the 5th, but then retired the next 12 batters he faced, taking him through the 8th inning.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 2, Indianapolis Indians 1
LF Alex Presley made the most exciting hit of the game, an inside-the-park home run, but that was the only run the Indians would score, as they lost to the Yankees at PNC Field in Moosic, PA this evening. 1B Matt Hague punched 3 hits for the Tribe, and starter Brad Lincoln struck out 7 batters in 6 innings, but even those were not enough.
The game got off to a late start, due to a nearly two-hour rain delay. Lincoln (photo) got off to a bit of a shaky start in the bottom of the 1st, when he walked the first batter he faced, LF Austin Krum, then gave up a single to SS Ramiro Pena. Then Lincoln got C Jesus Montero to bound to the newest Tribe player, SS Greg Picart, who started a 6-4-3 double play (Picart to 2B Josh Harrison to Hague). A strikeout ended the inning without a run scoring.
Lincoln was not so lucky in the 2nd inning. CF Justin Maxwell led off with an “oops” swing bunt along the third base line, which 3B Andy Marte was able to get to, but he did not have a play at first, and Maxwell was safe with a single. Maxwell stole second base, then moved to third on 3B Brandon Laird’s ground out. 2B Kevin Russo grounded a slow roller to second, where Harrison made the scoop and fired back to the plate, but the ball reached the plate after Maxwell did, for the Yankees’ first run. RF Dan Brewer walked, pushing Russo to second base. DH Gustavo Molina grounded to second for what should have been an inning-ending double play. Harrison got the ball to second base, for the force out on Brewer, but Picart was disrupted by Brewer’s slide, and his throw to first base was wide on the outfield side of the bag. That allowed Russo to round third and score on the error, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.