Shelby Ford gets the force out at second base, as Brian Friday backs him up.
Indianapolis Indians 8, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5
The Indianapolis Indians engineered another come-from-behind win tonight, to defeat the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Victory Field. 2B Shelby Ford (photo), who last played for the Indians in 2009, celebrated his return to AAA with 3 hits and started two big Tribe rallies. LF John Bowker also contributed 3 hits and 3 RBI. Reliever Tony Watson celebrated his 26th birthday with two scoreless innings of work, including 5 strikeouts.
When starters Sean Gallager and Adam Warren squared off last week, Warren dominated the Indians and held the Tribe batters to just 3 hits in 8 innings. Today, Gallagher and the Tribe turned the tables on Warren.
The Yankees began the game by taking advantage of an error in the top of the 1st. With one out, Gallagher walked SS Ramiro Pena, then gave up a single up the middle to DH Jesus Montero. 1B Jorge Vazquez tapped a fast bouncer back to the mound, which Gallagher easily fielded. He whirled and fired to Ford covering second base (photo above), for the force out on Montero. Ford’s relay on to first base, though, was airmailed and landed in the visitor’s dugout. Vazquez was awarded second base, and Pena, who had reached third base, was sent on home, for the Yankees’ first run of the game. The run would have been unearned, but while pitching to CF Justin Maxwell, Gallagher threw a wild pitch. If the throwing error had not been made, Pena would have been on third base, and would have scored on the wild pitch, which changed to run from “unearned” to “earned”. Maxwell popped out to Ford to end the inning.
In the wake of more injuries, the Pirates have called infielder Josh Harrison up from the Indians.
Harrison has played both second and third base for the Tribe this season. In 37 games, Harrison has hit .321 for the Indians, with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, and 11 RBI. The Cincinnati native has walked 7 times and struck out 17 times. He has stolen 8 bases in 13 tries. Harrison began the season with a hot April, hitting .375. He has dropped to a still-respectable .282 in May, but with more RBI.
Harrison is needed because Steve Pearce, who has been playing third base for the Pirates in the absence of Pedro Alvarez, is going onto the DL with a calf injury. It will likely be a short-term promotion for Harrison, just until Alvarez returns…. unless Harrison makes a big splash at the major league level.
The Pirates have not yet made an official announcement, but it is likely that catcher Ryan Doumit will also be going on the DL. Tribe catcher Jason Jaramillo is not ready, after being hit by a foul ball earlier in the week. That’s making it look like Dusty Brown will be added to the Pirates’ 40-man roster and called up to join the Pirates in New York. Brown was pulled from the Indians’ starting line-up at the last moment last night, and he’s the only other option. Wyatt Toregas has played only sparingly so far this season and has yet to get a hit.
UPDATE: Yes, confirmed, Brown has also been added to the 40-man roster and promoted. Ross Ohlendorf was moved to the 60-day DL to make room.
1B Matt Curry has also been promoted from the A level West Virginia Power to the AA Altoona Curve. Yes, that is right — skipping right over the A+ Bradenton level. Curry has been hitting .361 for the Power, with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 9 homers, and 34 RBI. Curry hit .400 in April and has “dropped” to .325 for May. The Texas native is 23 years old, a little old for the A level anyway.
Aaron Baker, the regular first baseman for the Marauders is currently hitting .275 with 8 doubles, 7 homers, and 38 RBI.
And more update:
Coming up from Altoona to fill the new holes on the Indians’ roster: INF Shelby Ford, OF/1B Miles Durham, and C Eric Fryer. Ford has played with the Indians before (2009), but it will the first time at the AAA level for durham and Fryer.
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.
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.