Norfolk Tides 5, Indianapolis Indians 2
Justin Wilson (photo) pitched 4 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk tonight at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Unfortunately for Wilson and the Indians, those 4 innings followed a rough 1st inning, in which he gave up 3 runs on two singles and two doubles, causing Wilson to be charged with the loss.
The Tides began the bottom of the 1st with three consecutive hits — singles by CF Tyler Henson and former Indy Indian SS JJ Hardy. LF Nolan Reimold doubled down the left field line and into the corner, driving in Henson and putting Hardy on third base. After a strikeout, a passed ball skipped off C Dusty Brown’s glove and all the way back to the backstop (passed ball), allowing Hardy to score. 3B Josh Bell bounced a grounder down the left field line for an RBI double, bringing in Reimold for a 3-0 lead.
The first six Indians’ batters went down in order, before RF Andrew Lambo led off the 3rd inning with a grounder that bounced right onto the first base bag, over a Tides’ infielder, and down the right field line into the corner. That put Lambo onto second base, and he moved up to third on a grounder by CF Gorkys Hernandez. He got no further, though, as DH Corey Wimberly flied out.
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.
Indianapolis Indians 9, Norfolk Tides 1
The Indians blasted 3 home runs and 7 of their 12 hits were for extra-bases, as they blew the Tides out of the water at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Starter Brian Burres (photo) on his first game of the season, allowing one run on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strikeouts, in 6.2 innings. LF Alex Presley raised his average to .366 by going 3-for-5, and both 2B Chase d’Arnaud and 1B Matt Hague contributed 3 RBI each.
The Tribe got the run-scoring started in the top of the 1st. With two outs, LF Alex Presley lined a double into right field. 1B Matt Hague followed that with a 2-run homer over the left field wall, for a 2-0 lead.
The fun continued in the 2nd inning, when C Dusty Brown led off with a walk. After two strikeouts, a wild pitch by Norfolk starter and former Indy Indian Chris Jakubauskas moved Brown to second base. CF Gorkys Hernandez took a walk, then d’Arnaud blasted a 3-run homer, also to left field, and the Indians were up 5-0.
The Tribe made it 6-0 in the 3rd, on a single and a stolen base by Presley, a fly out by Hague to move him to third, and an RBI ground out by DH Jason Jaramillo.
Brian Burres was in control for 6+ innings. He gave up two singles in the bottom of the 1st, but a double play ended that inning without a run scoring. Burres worked around a double in the 2nd and a walk in the 3rd. He also gave up a single in both the 4th and the 6th, but still did not let a run score. The only hit that Burres gave up which made a difference was a solo home run to another former Indian, SS Nick Green, in the 7th 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.
Pedro Ciriaco gets back to first base safely
Norfolk Tides 11, Indianapolis Indians 3
The Norfolk Tides swamped the Indians at Victory Field tonight, ending this 4-game series with a 2-2 tie. Starter Brian Burres (photo) suffered his 4th loss of the season (no wins) and lasted just 4 innings, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts.
The Tides had base runners on in every inning, and they scored in 6 of the 9 innings. Burres began the game with a strikeout, but things went downhill from there. The second batter, 2B Ryan Adams lined a single into right field, and LF Nolan Reimold followed with a long home run over the left field wall, all the way to the sidewalk behind the grass berm. Burres got a fly out and a strikeout to end the inning. In the 2nd, the Tides made it 3-0 with SS Brendan Harris’ solo home run, which landed in almost the same place as Reimold’s.
The Indians had a chance to return fire in the bottom of the 1st inning. RF Corey Wimberly and SS Chase d’Arnaud led off with back-to-back line drive singles, one to right field and one to left. It would have been a great opportunity to answer the Tides, but the next three batters could not move the runners along — a fly out, a pop out, and a fly out, leaving Wimberly and d’Arnaud standing there.