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.
Indianapolis Indians 8, Rochester Red Wings 3
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Brad Lincoln earned his 6th win of the season, pitching into the 8th inning at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY this afternoon. The win meant that the two teams split the 4-game series. Lincoln gave up 3 runs (one earned) to the Red Wings, and struck out 7 batters. The Indians posted 16 hits, with each member of the lineup picking up at least one hit. 2B Brian Friday led the offense with 4 hits (4-for-5), and DH John Bowker drove in 3 runs.
The Tribe jumped right out to an early lead with 4 runs in the top of the 1st. SS Chase d’Arnaud began the game with a single into left field, and a wild pitch moved him to second base. Friday lined a single into left field, and d’Arnaud scored from second base. LF Alex Presley grounded to short, and a force at second removed Friday, but Presley was safe at first base. Presley came in on Bowker’s 2-run homer for a 3-0 lead. Three singles — by 3B Andy Marte, RF Miles Durham, and C Wyatt Toregas – brought in Marte for the 4th run of the inning. The Indians added 2 more runs in the 3rd. 1B Matt Hague doubled with one out, and he scored on Toregas’ liner into left field. CF Gorkys Hernandez walked, then d’Arnaud singled into left field. Toregas scored easily on d’Arnaud’s hit, but Hernandez was thrown out at the plate when he tried to come around and score from first. Indians up, 6-0.
Lincoln took the mound in the bottom of the 1st with a 4-run lead in his pocket. He gave up a single to SS Trevor Plouffe, the first of three for him in the game, but erased him with a double play. Three singles, including one by Plouffe, and a fielding error by Hernandez brought in two runs for the Red Wings in the bottom of the 3rd. Lincoln retired the side in order of the 4th, and he worked around two singles in the 5th. He gave up another unearned run in the 6th, on a single and a fielding error by Presley. The Red Wings went down in order in the 7th also, then began the 8th with two singles and a strikeout. That was all for Lincoln, who allowed 9 hits and a walk on the way to the 3 runs. He did not hit any batters (sometimes a problem for Lincoln, who likes to pitch inside). He threw exactly 100 pitches, with 66 strikes. Justin Thomas came on in relief, and got two quick outs to end the inning without a run scoring.
The Indians threatened again in the 4th, when Friday led off with a double. He moved to third base on a ground out. Bowker grounded to short, where Plouffe made the scoop and fired back to the plate, where Friday was tagged out. Presley singled in the 7th, went to second base on a ground out, and on to third on a wild pitch, but was left there when the inning ended.
Another rally brought in 2 more runs for the Tribe in the top of the 9th. Friday also opened this inning with a double (ground-rule). He scored from second on Bowker’s line drive single into deep right field, and Bowker moved to second base on the throw in from the outfield. Bowker advanced to third base on Marte’s ground out, and scored on Hague’s RBI single.
Jose Ascanio pitched the bottom of the 9th for the Tribe. He pitched a perfect inning, with a ground out and two strikeouts, in his second appearance since returning to the Indians from Pittsburgh.
The Indians will be traveling to Lehigh Valley, where they will have 4 games against the Iron Pigs.
We’re on the road, so just brief recaps for a few days….
Rochester Red Wings 7, Indianapolis Indians 4
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Indians’ errors contributed to the Red Wings’ big inning, and the Indians’ own big inning was not big enough, as the Tribe lost to the Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.
The Wings jumped all over Tribe starter Rudy Owens in the bottom of the 1st, beginning with a ground-rule double on the first pitch Owens threw. A walk and a grounder force out gave Rochester runners on the corners. Both of those runners scored on 1B Aaron Bates’ double down the right field line, for a 2-0 lead.
The Indians got one run back in the top of the 2nd. 1B John Bowker led off with a single, then stole second base. C Eric Fryer lined a single to short, and Bowker scored from second base.
Owens worked around a walk and a single in the bottom of the 2nd inning, then allowed just one hit over the next three innings. But things fell apart on him in the 6th. Bates led off with a double into right field. After a walk, 2B Toby Gardenhire dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Owens fielded the bunt but threw wildly to first, and all three runners were safe on the error. Owens walked the next batter, forcing in a run. He was relieved by Justin Thomas, but Thomas hit the first batter he faced with a pitch, forcing in another run. A single drove in two more runs. A double play finally gave the Tribe two outs, and Thomas was relieved by Jose Ascanio, who had just been assigned to the Indians. The first batter Ascanio faced grounded to third, but a throwing error by 3B Matt Hague allowed the batter to reach safely, while the runner from third base scored the 5th run of the inning. Red Wings 7, Indians 1.
Jared Hughes and Sean Gallagher each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to finish the game for the Tribe. Meanwhile, the Tribe batters were not having much success with the Red Wings’ pitchers. CF Gorkys Hernandez singled in the 3rd, but was caught trying to steal second base. Bowker and Hague hit back-to-back singles in the 6th, but were left on base. Hernandez also doubled down the right field line in the 7th, but was stranded.
The Tribe rallied in the top of the 9th. Three pinch-hitters started the inning: Andy Marte led off with a double into center field, Wyatt Toregas struck out, then Miles Durham singled, bringing Marte across the plate. After a fly out, Hernandez hit his second double of the game, a ground-rule double, moving Durham to third base. SS Chase d’Arnaud also doubled, which drove in Durham and Hernandez to bring the score to 7-4. But Rochester ace reliever Anthony Slama was brought in from the bullpen, and Slama got DH Corey Wimberly to ground out, ending the game.
The Indians and Red Wings play a split double header on Saturday — one game at 1:05 pm, and the second game at 7:05 pm.