Bats’ 9th-Inning Rally Spoils Tribe Pitchers’ Afternoon

Louisville Bats  2,  Indianapolis Indians  1 [ box ] A 9th-inning rally by the Bats, aided by a wild pitch, gave Louisville a walk-off win over the Indians at Louisville Slugger Park this afternoon on the Ohio River.  The Bats put up only 3 hits, but the critical one was the 2-RBI single in the bottom of the 9th by 1B Mike Costanzo. New Indian Aaron Thompson, recently promoted from AA Altoona, made the start for the Indians, in what...

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The Future of the Bullpen Looks Good

One of the strengths to the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates has been their bullpen.  The bullpen has combined for a 3.43 ERA this year, which ranks 10th in the majors, and sixth in the National League.  The Pirates are anchored by one of the best closers in the game, Joel Hanrahan.  They’ve got two capable set up men in Chris Resop and Jose Veras.  Both have put up dominant strikeout numbers this year, and have held down the late...

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Daily Prospect Profile: Justin Wilson

When the Pittsburgh Pirates moved Justin Wilson to the bullpen, it was a lot like the Bryan Morris move to the bullpen.  Wilson’s career as a starter wasn’t totally shut down, he was just moving to the bullpen to work on his command issues, which have led to a 4.58 BB/9 ratio this year.  So far, Wilson has been completely dominant out of the bullpen, raising the question as to whether that should be his full time role. In...

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Bowker Gives Indians Come-From-Behind Win

Indianapolis Indians  3,  Louisville Bats  2 [ box ] LF John Bowker’s lead-off homer in the top of the 8th broke a 2-2 tie and gave the Indians the win at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, KY tonight.  This was the first of 8 straight games between these two teams — four in Louisville and four in Indianapolis, and it got the Tribe off on the right foot.  Two more rehabbing Pittsburgh Pirates joined the Indians today...

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Indians Work Around Season-High 10 Walks; Wood Saves #23

Indianapolis Indians  2,  Toledo Mud Hens  1 [ box ] Most pitching duels don’t involve a lot of bases on balls.  This contest between the Indians and the  Mud Hens at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, OH, included 10 walks — all by the Indians’ pitchers. That total is the most number of walks in a game for the Indians this season. Toledo’s Thad Weber  pitched a complete game, which began with 5 scoreless innings. ...

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