Brian Friday makes the play at third base.
Norfolk Tides 6, Indianapolis Indians 0
Three Norfolk pitchers combined to hold the Indians to just 3 hits in a shut-out game tonight at Victory Field. Only the outfielders had hits — LF Alex Presley and CF Gorkys Hernandez both singled and RF Andrew Lambo doubled. Starter Rudy Owens was not able to contain the Tides’ batters, and he suffered his second loss of the season.
The Tides’ batters got to Owens (photo) in the top of the 1st. CF Tyler Henson and 2B Ryan Adams led off with back-to-back singles into left field. With runners on the corners, Owens struck out the next two batters, former Indy Indian SS Nick Green and 1B Brandon Snyder. It looked like Owens might get out of the jam, but LF Nolan Reimold worked the count full, fouled off a couple more pitches, then ripped a double into left-center field. LF Presley and CF Hernandez both raced toward the ball, and at the last possible second, Presley made a desperate dive — but could not come up with the ball. That drove in both base runners, to give the Tides a 2-0 lead.
Owens pitched a scoreless 2nd inning, then gave up a solo home run to Snyder in the 3rd inning, increasing the Tides’ lead to 3-0. He retired the side in order in the 4th. In the 5th, RF Blake Davis grounded sharply through the hole and into left field, but as he rounded first and headed for second, Davis was not counting on Presley in left field. Presley came up throwing, and his throw to 2B Pedro Ciriaco was on-target and well ahead of Davis, who was out at second. Adams also reached base when he grounded to first. 1B Matt Hague made a great diving stop, but when Owens arrived to cover the bag, he dropped Hague’s toss for an error. Adams was left on first when a fly out 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.
Jason Jaramillo is greeted by the teammates he drove in with his grand slam
Indianapolis Indians 8, Norfolk Tides 5
A grand slam by C Jason Jaramillo gave the Indians the spark they needed to turn the game around tonight at Victory Field, as the Indians came from behind to beat the Norfolk Tides.
The game began on a good note for the Tribe. For the first time in a home game this season, the Indians scored first. They missed out on an opportunity in the 2nd inning, when 3B Josh Harrison lined a single into left field and Jaramillo lined a single into left-center, moving Harrison to third. A pop up ended the inning, leaving the runners on the corners. CF Gorkys Hernandez led off the 3rd inning with a grounder through the right side of the infield and into right field. DH Corey Wimberly dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Hernandez to second base, and 2B Chase d’Arnaud’s long fly out to right allowed Hernandez to advance to third base. LF Alex Presley singled up the middle, just past the diving SS Nick Green (a former Indy Indian in 2007), and that drove in Hernandez to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Tribe starter Justin Wilson (photo) did his part by starting the game with three hitless innings. He allowed just one walk over the first three innings. But then things turned over the next two innings, as two Tribe errors resulted in 5 runs for the Tides. Wilson began the 4th with a line out, but the next two batters reached base. A four-pitch walk put Tides’ 1B Brandon Snyder on base. Then 3B John Bell bounced just over the reach of Wilson’s glove, and toward the second base bag. SS Pedro Ciriaco and 2B Chase d’Arnaud both charged toward the ball. Ciriaco got to it, and tried to take an extra step to reach second base for the force out — but he was rushing, and he did not have a good hold on the ball. The ball fell to the ground, and both runners were safe (photos below). A pop out gave Wilson the second out of the inning, but kept the runners in place. Then Green lined a double into left field, over the head of Presley, and off the wall. That drove in both the runners, giving Norfolk a 2-1 lead. 2B Brendan Harris ran the count full, fouled off a couple more pitches, then took ball four, which brought pitching coach Tom Filer out to chat with Wilson and Jaramillo. The talking didn’t help much, as C Craig Tatum blooped an RBI single into the no-man’s-land in short right field, bringing in Green to score. RF Tyler Henson added another run with a sinking liner into left field. Wilson struck out CF Matt Angle to end the inning, but 4 unearned runs had scored, and the Tides had a 4-1 lead.
Photos: On the left, the ball has just slipped out of Ciriaco’s glove — you can see it in front of d’Arnaud’s left knee, below his glove. On the right, the ball is on the ground, with the runner Snyder beginning his slide into second.
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.
The Indianapolis Indians and the Columbus Clippers were rained out in Columbus tonight. They will try for two on Monday, beginning at 5 pm. Sunday’s game is scheduled for 4 pm.
Infielder Pedro Ciriaco was optioned back to the Indians, after just a brief visit to Pittsburgh. The Pirates’ new shortstop Brandon Wood got himself to Pittsburgh very quickly, so no need for Ciriaco to fill in. Jose Ascanio, who was hit in the head by a line drive on Thursday, has been diagnosed as having “just” a contusion (a bruise). He’s doing better today.
Kannapolis Intimidators 8, West Virginia Power 7 (Game 1)
The Pirates were able to fight back after Kannapolis scored 6 runs in the 2nd inning, but 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th gave Kannapolis the win. The Power had the early lead with one run in the 1st and 2 more in the 2nd. CF Mel Rojas walked, and 1B Matt Curry singled. LF Rogelios Noris’ fly out moved Rojas to third, and then Rojas scored on RF Justin Howard’s single through the hole into left field. C Kawika Emsley-Pai walked to load the bases, but a ground out ended the inning without any more runs scoring. With one out in the top of the 2nd, back-to-back doubles by DH Jairo Marquez and SS Drew Maggi brought in one run, then a wild pitch and a fielding error allowed Maggi to score, giving the Power a 3-0 lead.
Starter Colton Cain had retired the Intimidators in order in the 1st, but got in trouble in the bottom of the 2nd, when the first 6 batters who came to the plate reached base safely. A single, a double, and a walk loaded the bases, then a hit batter forced in the first run. A double plated two more, and a single added another two. Another double made it 6 runs in the inning, and the Power were behind 6-3.
The Power battled right back in the top of the 3rd. Walks to Howard and 3B Andy Vasquez both walked, and Emsley-Pai was hit by a pitch to load the bases again for the Power. An RBI ground out drove in Howard, then Marquez’s single scored both Vasquez and Emsley-Pai to tie the score at 6-6. The Power took the lead in the 4th on Curry’s lead-off home run.
Trent Stevenson relieved Cain to begin the 3rd inning, and he pitched 3 scoreless innings. He allowed 3 hits and struck out one. The Power bats suddenly went quiet after the 4th, with no more hits until the 7th, when Howard tripled. Emsley-Pai and Marquez both walked, but two ground outs and a strikeout left all three on base. Jason Townsend pitched the 6th inning for the Power, allowing just one hit. Casey Sadler came on to pitch the 7th, and with one out, Sadler gave up three consecutive singles. The third hit went to Howard in right field, and Howard’s throw back to the plate was right to Emsley-Pai, who tagged out the lead runner at the plate. But the next batter doubled to tie the score again, and the fourth single of the inning drove in the winning walk-off run.