Alex Presley (7) had three hits and scored three times for the Indians tonight.
Indianapolis Indians 10, Buffalo Bison 1
The Indianapolis Indians posted 16 hits and 10 runs as they stampeded the Buffalo Bison at Victory Field tonight. Each position player in the Indians’ lineup had at least one hit, and three players had 3 hits each: CF Alex Presley, LF John Bowker, and C Dusty Brown. Bowker contributed 4 RBI, while Brown and RF Andrew Lambo had 2 RBI each. Justin Wilson earned the win with another very strong start, and rehabbing reliever Evan Meek pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
The Indians got right down to business in the bottom of the 1st inning, when five of their first six batters singled. 2B Chase d’Arnaud started with a bouncer right back to the mound. The ball hit the leaping Buffalo starter Josh Stinson’s glove and ricocheted 90 degrees to the left, landing over near the third base line. That was all the time the speedy d’Arnaud needed to reach first base safely. D’Arnaud promptly stole second base, and after SS Pedro Ciriaco popped out, d’Arnaud moved up to third base on Presley’s (photo) first hit of the night, a single lined into right field. A wild pitch by Stinson got away from his catcher Mike Nickeas and skittered over towards the visitor’s dugout, far enough away that d’Arnaud was able to score from third, while Presley advanced to second. Presley scored on Bowker’s line drive into center field. 1B Matt Hague and 3B Josh Harrison both singled, loading the bases for Lambo. Lambo grounded sharply to short, for what should have been a double play to end the inning. Buffalo SS Luis Hernandez made the scoop and the toss to former Indy Indian 2B Luis Figueroa, forcing out Harrison at second, but Figueroa’s relay to first pulled 1B Valentino Pascucci off the bag. Lambo was safe, so Bowker scored from third. Then, Hague, who had been on second base, rounded third and dashed for the plate, taking advantage of the Bison infielders having to regroup after the poor throw, and also taking advantage of the fact that they were not really paying attention to him. Hague scored easily, giving Lambo 2 RBI on his fielder’s choice. Another grounder for a force out at second base ended the inning, with the Indians ahead, 4-0.
The throw from first bounced off the runner Ezequiel Carrera and skipped past 2B Pedro Ciriaco.
Indianapolis Indians 7, Columbus Clippers 3
Another rainy day, an another win for the Indians.
The Tribe waited out a 95 minute delay before the game even started, then hung on through a drizzly rainy game, to win their fourth game in a row — their longest winning streak of the season. They also handed the first-place Columbus Clippers their fourth loss in a row. Justin Thomas earned his second win of the season, and 2B Pedro Ciriaco blasted a huge 3-run homer, while 3B Brian Friday went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Rudy Owens (photo) made the start for the Tribe, but ended up not being involved in the decision. Owens pitched 6 innings and allowed only 2 runs, which came in the top of the 1st and involved a strange play. Clippers’ CF Ezequiel Carrera led off with a bunt single, which Owens could not get into his glove. Owens made a pick-off throw to first as Carrera took off for second. 1B Matt Hague relayed the throw to second, but the ball bounced off the sliding Carrera and eluded 2B Ciriaco. The ball skipped into left field, and Carrera advanced to third base, as Ciriaco was charged with a missed catch error. RF Jerad Head tapped back to the mound. Owens scooped up the ball, glared Carrera into staying put on third base, then threw to first for the out. 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was hit on the hip by a pitch to give the Clippers runners on the corners. DH Chad Huffman slipped a grounder past a diving Hague, and Carrera scored from third base. 2B Jason Kipnis followed with a long fly ball to center field for a sacrifice fly, which scored Chisenhall for a 2-0 lead.
The Indians came right back to score one run in the bottom of the 1st off Columbus starter Zach McAllister. With one out, Ciriaco reached base when 3B Chisenhall made the scoop but dropped the ball on the transfer. CF Alex Presley blooped a single into short left field, which fell in between two Columbus fielders. Ciriaco rounded second base and got partway to third, then got hung up as the Columbus LF Josh Rodriguez had the ball and was about to throw it in. Ciriaco got out of his poor base-running when he made a dash for third, and Rodriguez made a poor throw to third base, as Ciriaco slid in safely. Presley moved up to second base on the throw to third. LF John Bowker grounded to short, collecting an RBI as Ciriaco scored from third to cut the Clippers’ lead to 2-1.
Indianapolis Indians 9, Durham Bulls 6
Starter Justin Wilson (photo) pitched 7 innings of one-hit, shutout ball, to earn his third win of the season for the Indians at Durham Bulls’ Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. Wilson did not allow a hit until the 7th inning, when former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak singled on a line drive off the glove of Tribe 2B Pedro Ciriaco. While Wilson held the Bulls to just one hit, he put 5 Bulls on base with walks, and had to work around a fielding error by Ciriaco.
Wilson walked LF Justin Ruggiano in the 1st inning, but erased him with a double play. He walked Furmaniak in the 2nd inning and RF Desmond Jennings in the 3rd, but left both on base. The southpaw did retire the side in order in the 4th and 6th innings. He walked both 1B Russ Canzler and C Robinson Chirinos in the 5th, but an unsual play helped him out — SS Ray Olmedo grounded to short, where SS Chase d’Arnaud made the pickup and flipped the ball to 2B Ciriaco covering the bag. But the ball hit Ciriaco’s glove and bounced off, going all the way back to d’Arnaud, who still had time to step on the bag and force out Chirinos for the second out of the inning. That left runners on the corners, but Wilson got a strikeout to end the inning.
After the game, Wilson admitted that he felt “a little shaky” in the first inning, but then settled in and “felt comfortable later as I was able to get in the strike zone more and attack guys…. My plan for the whole night was to get in the strike zone early and make them swing at my pitch, and get ground balls.” Wilson credited his catcher Dusty Brown for calling a great game, and also had props for his defense behind him. 1B Matt Hague made an unassisted double play in the 1st inning on a line drive by CF Brandon Guyer, doubling Ruggiano off the bag. In the 3rd, Ruggiano chopped a ball down the first base line and bounced it off the edge of the first base bag. Luckily for Wilson and the Indians, the ball ricocheted into the infield, back down along the first base line, where Hague could pick it up and make the easy tag out. D’Arnaud made a leaping stab on a line drive by Furmaniak in the 5th inning, saving a hit.
Durham Bulls 2, Indianapolis Indians 1
The Indians and the Bulls took it into extra innings at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, but it was the Bulls who came out on top. After taking advantage of an Indians’ error, Bulls’ LF Justin Ruggiano lined a bases-loaded single for the walk-off win.
Rudy Owens (photo) made the start for the Indians, one day later than he would have been regularly scheduled, because he was serving out the end of his suspension from last week. Owens gave up only a single over the first two innings, then found himself needing to work out of big jams in the 3rd and 4th. With one out in the 3rd, Bulls’ SS Ray Olmedo reached base when his Indians’ counterpart, SS Pedro Ciriaco, dropped his grounder for an error. CF Desmond Jennings walked, and Ruggiano beat out an infield hit on a swinging bunt down the third base line. 3B Josh Harrison was not expecting such a short hit, and by the time he charged in to get it, Ruggiano was already at first base. RF Brandon Guyer stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, and bounced to third, where Harrison made the scoop and instead of trying for an around-the-horn double play, he fired to the plate, and C Dusty Brown made the force out on Olmedo. Owens struck out 3B Felipe Lopez to end the inning without a run scoring.
Owens had to work out of a jam again in the 4th. He walked DH ChrisCarter, then C Robinson Chirinos smacked a grounder to third base, which hit Harrison on the leg and ricocheted all the way behind second base and into short right field. By the time 2B Brian Friday could track it down, Carter had rounded second and alertly advanced to third base. 1B Leslie Anderson followed with a line drive into right field, scoring Carter from third base with the first run of the game. There were still two runners on base and no outs. 2B Omar Luna dropped down a bunt that got too close to the mound — Owens was able to snatch it up and throw to third base for the force out of the lead runner Chirinos. A single into center field by Olmedo loaded the bases again, but Owens held tight. He got a pop out (infield fly rule) and a fly out to end the inning without any more runs scoring. Bulls 1, Indians 0.
Owens retired the next 6 Bulls in order to finish his evening’s work. In 6 innings, Owens threw 90 pitches (55 strikes), and allowed that one run on 5 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts.
Indianapolis Indians 6, Norfolk Tides 2
The Indianapolis Indians earned a split of both the 4-game series and the 8-game season series with the Norfolk Tides, with a win today at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Brad Lincoln (photo) earned his second win of the season, following a win in his last start — his best two starts of the season. LF Alex Presley provided the big offensive spark, with 3 hits for the second day in a row. The Tribe posted 12 hits, all singles, with each member of the lineup getting at least one hit. DH Andrew Lambo was the other batter with a multi-hit game, recording 2 singles and 2 RBI. In past Mothers’ Days and breast cancer awareness days, the Indians had taken advantage of the Magic Pink, using pink bats and jerseys to earn wins. Today, with the Tides wearing the pink jerseys and wielding pink bats, the Indians had to make do with pink on their spikes, particularly Lincoln’s entirely pink shoes.
The Indians missed a scoring opportunity in the top of the 1st, when the first three batters reached base safely. SS Chase d’Arnaud walked, 2B Pedro Ciriaco lined a single just past the middle infielders and into center field, and Presley lifted his first hit of the game into center field to load the bases. All three were left right there, though, when 1B Matt Hague and new RF John Bowker both struck out, and C Jason Jaramillo bounced out back to the mound. 3B Brian Friday also singled in the 2nd inning, but was caught stealing second base.
The next time the Indians loaded the bases, they took advantage of the opportunity. In the 3rd, the Tribe sent 8 batters to the plate, and scored 3 runs. D’Arnaud led off with a single, and Ciriaco bunted him to second. Presley (photo) slapped a grounder over the shoulder of Tides’ 1B Rhyne Hughe’s shoulder and into right field, and d’Arnaud came around from second to score the first run of the game. A fielding error at third put Hague on first and moved Presley to second base, then Jaramillo worked a walk to load the bases with two outs. Lambo came through on a 3-2 pitch, zipping a grounder up the middle, past the swipe of the pitcher’s glove, and past the middle infielders through to the outfield. Both Presley and Hague scored, to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. There was a brief scare, when Jaramillo slid into second base then got up favoring his right ankle. Manager Dean Treanor and the training staff checked him out, and Jaramillo was able to walk around a bit and remain in the game.
Lincoln used the pink shoes to keep the Tides from scoring in the first three innings. He gave up a lead-off single to RF Tyler Henson, then after two outs, another single to 3B Josh Bell, putting runners on the corners, but got out of the inning with a strikeout. He also gave up a single to former Indy Indian C Michel Hernandez singled off Lincoln in the 2nd, and walked 2B Ryan Adams in the 3rd, but left them on base too.