McCutchen Stumbles in Toledo

Toledo Mud Hens �7, �Indianapolis Indians �3 (box)

IMG_3022Former Indian Phil Dumatrait made a strong start for his new team, the Mud Hens, as they shut down the Indians at Fifth Third Field in Toledo on Saturday evening. �Indians’ starter Daniel McCutchen (photo) struggled through his 6 innings, allowing 12 hits and 7 runs. �The Tribe batters were held to just 6 hits, and only one of their three runs was earned.

The Mud Hens jumped out to an early lead, as they collected 7 hits off McCutchen in the first two innings. �2B Will Rhymes began the bottom of the 1st with a single up the middle. �He stole second base, then moved on to third when C Luke Carlin’s throw to second was off-target. �Rhymes had to hold at third base on a ground out to short, but CF Ryan Rayburn doubled into left field to bring in Rhymes. �1B Jeff Larish followed with another double, scoring Rayburn. �DH Jeff Frazier was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second. �3B Max Leon singled next, and Larish scored from second base. �Two ground outs ended the inning, but the Mud Hens had a 3-0 lead.

McCutchen continued to have trouble in the 2nd inning. �RF Ben Guez took McCutchen’s second pitch of the inning over the left field wall for a solo home run. �After a ground out, SS Brent Dlugach lined a single into center field, and Ryan Raburn doubled for the second time, scoring Dlugach. �McCutchen settled down a bit after a brief visit from pitching coach Dean Treanor, and ended the inning with two ground outs. �Mud Hens now up 5-0.

IMG_3076The Tribe batters were slow to get started in this game. �CF Jose Tabata was the only batter to reach base in the first two innings, on a double into left field. �Things looked up a bit in the 3rd inning. �Luke Carlin led off with a walk, then in a reversal of the first inning play, it was Carlin who stole second base and proceeded to third base when Mud Hens’ C Max St. Pierre made a throwing error. �Carlin scored on SS Brian Friday’s (photo)�ground out to second.

McCutchen was looking better over the 3rd and 4th innings. �He gave up just one single, to Guez, to lead off the 4th. �Luke Carlin removed Guez from the base paths by throwing him out trying to steal. �But trouble came back to McCutchen in the 5th. �Back-to-back doubles led off the inning — Ryan Raburn with his third triple of the game, and Jeff Larish to follow with a liner down the right field line. �Raburn scored, then Larish came in on St. Pierre’s single into center field. �McCutchen pitched one more inning, allowing a single by Rhymes in the 6th, but erasing him quickly with a timely double play. �McCutchen threw 81 pitches (56 strikes) over his 6 innings, which is not a lot considering that he gave up 12 hits and 7 runs. �He needed 17 pitches in the 1st inning, when three of the eight batters hit the first pitch they saw, and McCutchen hit Frazier with his first pitch.

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Walker’s 4 Hits and Kratz’s 3 Hits Stun Red Wings

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Luke Carlin congratulates Erik Kratz after his 2-run homer.

Indianapolis Indians 8, �Rochester Red Wings 3 (box)

IMG_3126The Indianapolis Indians came from behind again on Thursday afternoon at Victory Field, scoring 7 unanswered runs to beat the Red Wings. �The Indians piled on 14 hits, led by 2B Neil Walker’s 4 hits, DH Erik Kratz’s 3 hits, and CF Kevin Melillo’s 3 hits. �Both Kratz and LF Brandon Moss homered in the late inning rallies.

The Indians had at least one runner on base in every inning but the 8th. �They began with two hits in the 1st, when�Kevin Melillo singled, and Walker doubled down the right field line and into the Red Wings’ bullpen. �Melillo tried to suprise the Red Wings and steal second base, but Rochester’s starter Deolis Guerra, making his AAA debut, didn’t blink. �He didn’t balk either, but easily threw out Melillo at second base (photo).

RF Brandon Jones led off the 2nd inning with another double down the right field line and into the Wings’ bullpen. � C Luke Carlin worked a walk. �This time, the Indians did get Guerra to balk. �That put Jones on third base (and Carlin on second) and in position to score when Erik Kratz lifted a sacrifice fly into center field.

IMG_3114Starter Donnie Veal (photo) looked good in the early innings. �He walked the first batter he faced, RF Jason Repko, then retired the next six batters he faced, including two strikeouts in the 2nd inning. �He began to struggle in the 3rd, beginning when his third pitch glanced off DH Erik Lis’ helmet. �With the new thicker helmets, Lis seemed to barely feel it — didn’t even go down. �Home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez was not even sure that the pitch had hit Lis, but after some jawing by Lis and a conference between the umpires, Lis was awarded first base. �Veal got the next two batters out, and then threw a ball into the dirt, which bounced up and hit SS Trevor Plouffe in the knee. �With runners on first and third, Veal gave up a single to LF Brian Dinkelman, and Lis came around from second to tie the score at 1-1.

The Red Wings took the lead in the 3rd. �With one out, CF Dustin Martin dropped a perfectly placed bunt to the left of the mound, and raced to first before Veal’s throw could get there. �3B Danny Valencia crushed a double to the center field wall, and Martin came around from first base to score.

Veal again hit Erik Lis with a pitch in the 4th inning, this time just grazing his jersey. �It was the third hit batter for Veal in the game, but unlike in his last start, it did not get him a warning from the umpires.

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In The Pink — Photos from May 9th

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More photos from May 9th, with the Indianapolis Indians wearing pink jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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Left: �Rowdie leaps past Neil Walker; � Right: Alvarez at third base

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Left: Argenis Diaz at shortstop; � �Right: �Brian Friday

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Click on “read more” �or on the title above “In the Pink” — to see more photos

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Indians Think Pink To Beat Bison

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Indianapolis Indians �5, �Buffalo Bison �4 (box)

IMG_2781The Indianapolis Indians celebrated Mother’s Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Day with pink jerseys and a few pink bats. �Like in past years, the pink agrees with them. �The score went back and forth, and there was some sloppy play on both sides of the field, but the Indians held on for the afternoon win at Victory Field.

Each team posted 12 hits, and C Erik Kratz and SS Argenis Diaz each went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a triple for Kratz. �2B Neil Walker and 1B Brian Myrow had 2 hits each, with a solo homer apiece.

Starter Jeremy Powell (photo) pitched 6 innings to earn his third win. �He worked around runners on base in each inning — in fact, neither team went down in order in any inning — but did not go deep into counts on many batters. �Powell threw 82 pitches (58 strikes), and used only 7 pitches against 4 batters in the 4th, and 8 pitches against 6 batters in the 5th.

The Bison loaded the bases against Powell in the 1st. �With two outs, a walk to 1B Mike Jacobs, a ball to the arm of 3B Mike Hessman, and a rare fielding error by Neil Walker at second base as he fumbled trying to pick up the ball on a grounder, filled the bases with visitors. �But Powell calmly got 2B Russ Adams to ground out to short, leaving all three runners standing there.

IMG_2802Walker (photo) made up for his mistake in the bottom of the inning. �CF Jose Tabata reached base on a fielding error by Buffalo SS Ruben Tejada, who also had trouble picking up the ball. �Neil Walker and his pink bat were next. �Walker, batting right-handed against knuckleball pitcher RA Dickey, smashed a double to deep left-center field. �The speedy Tabata scored easily from first base, and the Indians had an early 1-0 lead.

Powell had to work around two hits in the 2nd inning. �C Josh Thole led off with a bloop single behind first base, then Powell got two outs. �CF Jason Pridie grounded to short for what ought to have been the third out, but SS Argenis Diaz was not as aggressive making the scoop, the transfer, or the throw as he could have been, and Pridie beat out the throw to first base. �Again Powell remained calm and fired strikes to RF Jose Feliciano, striking him out. �Feliciano was apparently having issues with the way that home plate umpire Manny Gonzalez was calling the strikes. �After he swung and missed strike three, he slammed his bat and must have said the wrong words, because Gonzalez immediately ejected him. �Alex Cintron came in to the game to replace Feliciano in right field, though he later swapped positions with Russ Adams and took over at second base.

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McCutchen Takes The Loss In Tribe’s Early Game

Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 3, �Indianapolis Indians 1 (box)

IMG_0460Daniel McCutchen (photo) made his second appearance since returning to the Indianapolis Indians, but the early morning start did not agree with the Tribe. �In a game that started at 10:35 am to accommodate the school-aged crowd at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA, McCutchen did not pitch all that badly, but he did not get much run support, so he did not get the win.

The Indians were held to just 4 hits in the game — two each by CF Jose Tabata and 3B Pedro Alvarez. The first two hits, one each, came right away in the top of the 1st. �Tabata opened the game with a single into left field. �Two outs later, after Tabata had advanced to second base on a ground out, Alvarez drove him home with an RBI double lined into center field.

And that was all the scoring the Indians would do. �They went down in order in the next two innings. �In the 4th, 1B Brian Myrow walked, but was caught stealing when he started to make a break a little to early in the pitcher’s motion. �In the 5th, C Luke Carlin walked, but was erased in an double play. �Tabata was also caught stealing after his single in the 6th, though 2B Neil Walker was left stranded after he walked. �Three more Tribe batters (RF Brandon Jones, pinch-hitter Doug Bernier, and Tabata)�walked during the 7th and 8th innings, but all three were left on base. �The final Indians’ hit of the game, a single by Alvarez, led off the 9th inning, but Alvarez was out in a force at second base, and the next two batters went down in order.

McCutchen needed 80 pitches (53 strikes) to go 6 innings in the game. �He gave up 7 hits, no walks, and worked around at least one runner on base in each inning but the 5th. �Two Iron Pigs’ runners reached base in the 1st inning, and one in the 2nd, and both times, McCutchen left them stranded. �The third inning began with former Indy Indian CF Rich Thompson grounding sharply to second base. �Neil Walker made a diving stop of the ball, to keep it from getting into the outfield, but Thompson is too fast, and Walker had no chance of getting the ball to first base in time. �2B Luis Maza followed with a single into center field. �McCutchen got two outs, but then he made his big mistake of the game — to RF Cody Ransom, who blasted a 3-run home run into the Indians’ bullpen behind the left field wall. �Iron Pigs 3, Indians 1.

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