Louisville Batts 5, Indianapolis Indians 2
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The Indianapolis Indians and Louisville Bats played 6.5 scoreless innings at Louisville Slugger Field, before each team scored in its last two at-bats. The Bats’ first rally was sparked by their winning pitcher Daryl Thompson, and the second rally, in the bottom of the 8th, was aided by 3 Indians’ errors. The Tribe was not able to catch up, and the Bats took the first game of this 4-game away-and-home series.
Justin Wilson (photo) made the start for the Indians, coming off a tough start last Saturday in Toledo. He got through the first two innings rather quickly, allowing just one hit, a double by Bats’ 1B Todd Frazier in the 2nd. Wilson worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the 3rd. 3B Michael Griffin reached base when his Tribe counterpart 3B Pedro Alvarez bobbled his grounder for an error. After two outs, 2B Chris Valaika grounded to short, where SS Jordy Mercer also had trouble with bobbles on the scoop. Valaika reached base ahead of Mercer’s throw, and the play was ruled a single. LF Yonder Alonso walked to load the bases. Wilson bore down and got C Devin Mesoraco to fly out to RF Anthony Norman, to escape the inning without a run scoring.
Wilson worked around a single by Frazier in the 4th inning, then got into another jam in the 5th. He walked the opposing pitcher Thompson, and hit Valaika with a pitch. With two outs, Mesoraco hit a screaming liner right back at Wilson. The ball hit Wilson’s glove and dropped, but Wilson was so surprised that it took him a moment to realize that the ball had been stopped and had not sailed into the outfield. Then he looked up, thinking that maybe the ball was still in the air, then finally looked down — and still took a moment to realize that the ball was at his feet. Mesoraco was safe on first, and the bases were loaded, but Wilson had kept the ball from going into the outfield and allowing at least 2 runs to score. He ended the inning with a ground out by RF Jeremy Hermida, leaving the bases full of Bats for the second time in the game.
That was all for Wilson, on a hot and humid night. He had thrown 97 pitches (57 strikes), and thrown 5 scoreless innings, allowing 4 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strikeouts. Wilson was relieved by former Bat (just a couple of weeks ago) Steven Jackson, who retired his old teammates in order in the 6th.
Corey Wimberly congratulates John Bowker on his 2-run homer in the 4th inning.
Indianapolis Indians 10, Toledo Mud Hens 4
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It was a good night for hitting, at least for the Indians, tonight at Victory Field. The Tribe posted 13 hits, 10 more than they allowed the Mud Hens, as they easily defeated Toledo to even up this 5-game series at 2 games each. The Indians had scored only one run in each of their last two games, but tonight, all but one member of the Indians’ line-up scored at least one run, and all but two had at least one hit. SS Jordy Mercer (photo), who did not have a hit, scored one run. CF Anthony Norman, who had neither a hit nor a run scored, drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. 2B Corey Wimberly and DH Dusty Brown each smacked 3 hits, while LF John Bowker and C Kris Watts had 2 hits each.
The Tribe scored in each of the first 5 innings:
In the 1st — Wimberly led off with a double down the left field line, which landed about a foot inside the foul line and continued down to the left field corner. Toledo LF Timo Perez had to fight the sun a bit, and had a little trouble tracking it down, so Wimberly made it into second base easily. Mercer was hit in the back as he ducked away from the first pitch from Toledo starter LJ Gagnier. A ground out to first by Bowker pushed Wimberly to third and Mercer to second. Then rehabbing Pedro Alvarez, who played third base today, snuck a single between the Mud Hens’ first- and second-basemen and into right field, scoring both Wimberly and Mercer for a 2-0 lead. Two fly outs ended the inning.
In the 2nd — RF Miles Durham led off with a blast into the right-center field gap, past the diving Toledo CF (and former Indy Indian) Jeff Salazar. Once the ball got past Salazar’s desperate reach, it bounced to the wall, and Durham had all the time in the world to motor around and into third base standing. Brown ran the count full, fouled off five more pitches, then doubled down the left field line to almost the same spot as Wimberly hit in the 1st inning. That brought in Durham to boost the lead to 3-0. Norman bounced back to the mound, where Gagnier whirled and caught Brown in between second and third bases. Brown dodged back and forth long enough so that Norman could reach second base before he was tagged out. Norman reached as far as third on Wimberly’s ground out, but a strikeout ended the inning.
In the 3rd — With one out, Alvarez worked a walk, as ball four bounced about two feet in front of the plate. 1B Matt Hague hit the Indians’ third double down the left field line, just barely fair, which ducked under the bullpen bench so that Time Perez had to dig it out. Alvarez was running “carefully” on his pretty-much-healed-up quad (photo), but manager Dean Treanor did not want to take any chances, so he held Alvarez at third. Watts followed with a single lined into center field, picking up his first two AAA level RBI, as both Alvarez and Hague scored. Durham hit a sharp bouncer toward third base, which bounced off former Indy Indian 3B Argenis Diaz’s glove and into left field. It was a 2-base error, putting Durham on second base and moving Watts to third. Brown’s long fly ball into right field became a sacrifice fly, bringing in Watts from third, as the throw in from Hens’ RF Ben Guez was way wide of the plate. Indians up, 6-0.
Happy Fourth of July!
Toledo Mud Hens 2, Indianapolis Indians 1
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3B Pedro Alvarez (photo) arrived in Indianapolis today to continue his rehab work, after suffering a strained right quad muscle while playing for the Pirates. He has had some set-backs in his rehab program, but has been on rehab assignments with both the GCL Pirates (1 game) and the A+ Bradenton Marauders (6 games). Tonight Alvarez contributed 2 hits as the Designated Hitter in the Indians’ loss to the Toledo Mud Hens in front of a sold-out crowd at Victory Field.
Tribe starter Sean Gallagher made the start, but suffered his 9th loss of the season. He pitched into the 6th inning, and allowed 2 runs on just 3 hits and 2 walks, with 4 strikeouts. Gallagher had only one inning in which he retired the Mud Hens in order (the 5th). He allowed a line drive single into center field by LF Timo Perez in the 1st inning, then walked DH Scott Thorman to open the 2nd inning. RF Ben Guez followed the walk with a grounder back through the middle. The ball glanced off Gallagher’s glove then on to 2B Brian Friday, who flipped the ball to SS Jordy Mercer at second for the force out on Thorman. The Indians were hoping for a double play, but Mercer’s throw to first base was wide to the infield side, pulling 1B Matt Hague off the first base bag, and Guez was safe. Gallagher ended the inning with a tapper back to the mound by former Indy Indian Argenis Diaz and a pop out by C Omir Santos.
Indianapolis Indians 4, Toledo Mud Hens 3
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After 5 scoreless innings with a tie score, the Indians pushed across a run in the top of the 12th, then held on for the win over the Mud Hens at Fifth-Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.
With two outs in the top of the 12th, 2B/3B Brian Friday worked a walk. LF John Bowker (photo) lashed a double into the right-center field alley, over the head of Toledo RF Ben Guez, and off the wall. Friday was off and running with the pitch, and he rounded third and headed for the plate as Guez chased down the ball. He crossed the plate well ahead of the throw, scoring the go-ahead run for the Indians.
The Mud Hens jumped right on Tribe starter Justin Wilson in the bottom of the 1st inning. Lead-off batter DH Will Rhymes with a single, and LF Timo Perez doubled, putting runners on the corners. Rhymes scored on an RBI single into right field by rehabbing 2B Carlos Guillen, and Perez came in on an RBI single by 1B Ryan Strieby, for a 2-0 lead. Strieby stole second base and 3B Danny Worth walked. Wilson got out of the inning when he struck out RF Scott Thorman, and C Kris Watts fired down to third base, throwing out Strieby trying to steal third. SS Cale Iorg added a run in the 2nd inning on a solo homer, giving the Mud Hens a 3-0 lead.
Wilson went on to pitch 4 more innings, scattering 3 more singles (by Rhymes, Iorg, and Strieby) and two walks (Guillen and Strieby), but he did not allow another run. He threw 91 pitches, with 52 strikes.
Syracuse Chiefs 5, Indianapolis Indians 4
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The Indians were one out away from a win at Alliance Bank Park in Syracuse, NY tonight, but a two-out rally led to a walk-off for the Chiefs.
The Tribe went into the bottom of the 9th with a 4-3 lead, and Justin Thomas (photo) in from the bullpen. Thomas got two quick outs, with a ground out and a strikeout. Then he gave up a soft looper into center field by Syracuse 2B Steve Lombardozzi. 3B Matt Antonelli singled on a grounder up the middle, moving Lombardozzi to second base. Thomas was relieved by Jose Ascanio, so that the righty Ascanio could face the right-handed RF Jesus Valdez. Valdez lifted a fly ball into the right-center gap. Tribe RF Andrew Lambo gave chase, and after a long run he made a desperate dive — but could not come up with the ball. The ball got past him, and turned into a 2-RBI double, scoring Lombardozzi with the tying run and Antonelli with the winning run.
Rudy Owens made the start for the Tribe. He had missed his last turn for a start, due to a bruise on his hand, suffered when a come-backer hit him while on the mound. Owens worked around a fielding error by SS Pedro Ciriaco and a walk to Jesus Valdez in the 1st inning, escaping the jam with the help of a timely around-the-horn double play, 3B Andy Marte to 2B Brian Friday to 1B Matt Hague. With one out in the 2nd inning, LF Jeff Frazier and Indiana University product SS Seth Bynum hit back-to-back doubles. Frazier scored to put the Chiefs onto the scoreboard. After a fly out, Syracuse starter JD Martin singled through to left field, and Bynum raced around from second base. But LF John Bowker’s throw to C Kris Watts was on target, and Watts tagged out Bynum at the plate for the third out of the inning. Syracuse manager Randy Knorr argued the call at the plate, but only got himself ejected by plate umpire Chad Whitson for his efforts.