Norfolk Tides 8, Indianapolis Indians 2
Yesterday the Indians blasted 3 home runs in their win over the Tides. Today the Tides returned the favor, with 3 home runs off the Indians’ pitchers, accounted for all but one of their 8 runs, to tie the series at 1 game each at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Indians put runners on base in both the 1st and 2nd innings. 2B Chase d’Arnaud opened the game with a line drive single into left field, but he was erased when SS Pedro Ciriaco bounced into a double play. 1B Matt Hague led off the 2nd inning with another liner into left field. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and moved to third on C Jason Jaramillo’s ground out, but a pair of strikeouts left Hague on third.
3B Brian Friday (photo) began the Indians’ third inning in a row with a lead-off single, this time lining into center field. CF Gorkys Hernandez dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Friday to second base. Next up was d’Arnaud, who lifted a long fly ball to center field. The Tides’ CF Matt Angle had trouble finding the ball at first, losing it in the hazy lights. D’Arnaud, thinking that Angle was not going to find the ball, put his head down, rounded first, and headed for second. Friday held up part way to third, in case the ball was caught. Angle caught sight of the ball at the last second, raced in and made a desperate lunging catch. As Friday was scrambling back to second base with a head-first dive, d’Arnaud also was diving head-first into second base. D’Arnaud crashed into Friday’s upper body, knocking him completely off the bag with a roll. Luckily, the throw back from center field was not right to the second base bag — and luckily, d’Arnaud did not slide in spikes-first. Friday quickly rolled back to touch the second base bag, and was still safe at second. About then, d’Arnaud figured out that his fly ball had been caught and he was out, and he trotted off the field. Moments later, Friday raced around to score on Ciriaco’s RBI single up the third base line. Ciriaco stole second base (his 7th steal of the season), then LF Alex Presley reached base when his grounder slipped under the glove of Tides’ 1B Brandon Snyder. The ball shot into right field, and though C John Hester plunked himself down in front of the plate to block Ciriaco, the throw in from RF Blake Davis came in up the third base line. Hester had to go chase after the ball, letting Ciriaco score. The ball ended up in the dugout, for an error on Davis, and Presley was awarded third base on that error. He was left on third, though, when Hague struck out to end the rally.
The Indians won game one of today’s double header.
All the rain that was in Central Indiana yesterday moved east today.
The Altoona Curve hosting the Akron Aeros were rained out today. That game will be made up on Saturday May 21st.
The West Virginia Power hosting the Greensboro Grasshoppers were also rained out. No make-up date has been announced yet.
The Bradenton Marauders had a scheduled day off today. They are going to play their next two “home” games against the St. Lucie Mets in Port Charlotte (Charlotte Sports Park), on Wednesday and Thursday, due to roof repairs at McKechnie Field.
Indianapolis Indians 5, Durham Bulls 2
The Indianapolis Indians and the Durham Bulls split today’s double-header at Victory Field. The first game began at 11 am, with buses full of school kids present, under dark and dreary skies. As the first game wrapped up, the sun came out, and by the middle of the second game, there were sunny skies and happy clouds.
LF Alex Presley (photo) began the game on a sunny note for the Indians. With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, Presley blasted a solo home run over the right field wall at the 362′ mark, into a group of lucky school kids.
Starter Brad Lincoln buzzed through the first two innings, allowing only one hit and striking out 2 batters. With one out in the top of the 3rd, Lincoln ran the count full then walked Bulls’ SS Ray Olmedo. CF Desmond Jennings slipped a ground ball through the right side of the infield for a single, moving Olmedo to second base. RF Justin Ruggiano crushed a long ball off the top of the wall in the deepest part of the park, just inches from being a home run. The ball ricocheted off the wall, driving in both Olmedo and Jennings, as Ruggiano slid safely into third base. The Bulls had taken the lead, 2-1.
The Tribe answered right away with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame. 2B Brian Friday led off with a bloop single into short left field. CF Gorkys Hernandez bunted Friday to second base, and DH Corey Wimberly followed by dropping another bloopy hit into the space behind third base, out of the reach of any of the Bulls. Friday scrambled around to score from second base, tying the score. Wimberly promptly stole second base. After a pop out, Presley grounded through the left side of the infield, sending Wimberly around to score. The throw in from left field was not in time to get the speedy Wimberly at the plate, but Bulls’ C Robinson Chirinos alertly threw down to first base, where he caught Presley in the middle of nowhere — too far from first to get back before the throw, and too far from second base to get there either. Presley was out in the run-down (photo), ending the inning.
3B Brian Friday and 2B Chase d’Arnaud
Durham Bulls 12, Indianapolis Indians 3
For the second night in a row, the Indianapolis Indians struggled both at the plate and in the field, as they fell to the Durham Bulls in the first game of a 4-game series at Victory Field. The Bulls posted 19 hits for 12 runs, in a game that seemed similar to last night’s game against the Norfolk Tides. They scored in all but three innings (same as the Tides last night), and had runners on base in every inning (as did the Tides). In addition, the Bulls put the first runner on base in each of the first five innings, and in seven of nine innings.
Sean Gallagher (photo) made the start tonight, and like yesterday, he had two batters reach base against him in the top of the 1st inning. Gallagher hit the first batter, CF Desmond Jennings, with a pitch. Jennings stole second base on the first pitch to LF Justin Ruggiano. Then Ruggiano lined into left field, and Jennings came around to score. An alert play by Tribe LF Alex Presley had the ball back in to the infield and to second base quickly, and Ruggiano was tagged out at second base by 2B Chase d’Arnaud.
3B Russ Canzler began the 2nd inning with a looping single into right field, but after a pop up, Canzler was erased in a strike-out-throw-out double play. Former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak led off the 3rd inning with a double into the right-center field alley, and after a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly by Jennings brought Furmaniak in to score, giving the Bulls a 2-0 lead.
The Bulls increased their lead to 4-0 in the 4th. DH Chris Carter led off with a solo home run, which saw RF Andrew Lambo trying to climb up the padded right field wall (it never works) in a desperate attempt to grow 12 feet taller. Gallagher walked Canzler after the homer, and two outs later, he hit Furmaniak with a pitch. SS Ray Olmedo gr ounded sharply to first, and the ball dinged off 1B Andy Marte’s glove for a single. Canzler was off and running with the pitch, and he came around to score, even though d’Arnaud got to the ball quickly. A ground out to third and an excellent scoop by 3B Brian Friday ended the inning.
Celebrate the win!
Indianapolis Indians 7, Norfolk Tides 6
The Indianapolis Indians pulled out another come-from-behind win over the Norfolk Tides this afternoon at Victory Field, and once again the Max Schumacher Victory Bell rang out at the end of the game. Justin Thomas earned his first win for the Indians, and Tim Wood earned his third save, while 1B Matt Hague (photo) went 3-for-4 at the plate. Three Indians hit solo home runs: Hague, LF Alex Presley, and C Dusty Brown.
The game did not start out well for the Indians. Lead-off batter 3B Josh Harrison opened the bottom of the 1st with a line drive single into left-center field, but as he took a few steps out of the batters’ box, he began to limp. He limped his way down to first base (ordinarily, he might have made it to second on this hit), then called for time out. After a brief discussion with trainer Bryan Housand and manager Dean Treanor, Harrison came out of the game. Chase d’Arnaud came in as a pinch runner, then stayed in the game to play second base, while Brian Friday moved from second over to third base. There was no further word by the end of the game about Harrison’s condition.
Unfortunately, before anything else could happen, d’Arnaud was picked off first base and caught stealing. The reason that it was so unfortunate for the Indians was that one out later, Presley rocketed a home run over the right field wall for his third home run of the season. It was a solo homer, but it could have been a 2-run homer. Hague slapped a sharp grounder up the middle after the home run, but he was left on base.
The Indianapolis Indians played a double header tonight against the Columbus Clippers in Columbus, to make up for Saturday’s rain out — and the Indians lost both games.
Columbus Clippers 6, Indianapolis Indians 1 (Game 1)
The first game, which began at 5 pm, saw the Indians jump out to a good start. With two outs in the top of the 1st, LF Alex Presley lifted a home run over the right-center field wall to give the Indians a 1-0 lead. 1B Matt Hague tried to keep the inning going with a single lined into left field following the homer, but he was left on base.
Tribe starter Sean Gallagher (photo) could not hold on to that lead. With one out in the bottom of the 1st, Gallagher walked DH Cord Phelps and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall back-to-back, then loaded the bases with a single to LF Chad Huffman. Another single, by 1B Travis Buck, drove in both Phelps and Chisenhall, then a slip by Presley in left field let Huffman move up to third base. Gallagher caught a break when C Jason Jaramillo threw out Buck as he tried to steal second base, then Gallagher ended the inning with a strikeout.
Columbus increased the lead to 4-1 with two more runs in the 2nd inning. RF Jordan Brown led off with a double, and former Indy Indian C Luke Carlin walked. Jaramillo tried to pick Brown off second base, but the throw bounced off SS Pedro Ciriaco’s glove and into left-center field, putting Brown on third and Carlin on second. SS Luis Valbuena ripped a double into the left-center field gap, driving in both Brown and Carlin, and the Clippers were ahead by 3 runs. They added another run in the 3rd inning, on a walk and a stolen base by 2B Jason Kipnis, then a double into right field by Brown.
Gallagher came out to begin the 4th inning, but after a walk and two strikeouts, Gallagher had thrown 98 pitches (54 strikes), and he was relieved by Tony Watson. Watson finished the 4th with a fly out, but he gave up a solo homer to Huffman, the first batter in the 5th inning. He also gave up a walk and a single in the 6th, but kept the Clippers from scoring in that inning.