Watching from the dugout: Pedro Alvarez, Tom Filer, Dusty Brown, Jordy Mercer, Kris Watts
Toledo Mud Hens 5, Indianapolis Indians 1
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The Indianapolis Indians must have used up too many of the hits in their bats in yesterday’s 10-4 win, because today they were back to scoring just one run, as they did in the two previous games against the Toledo Mud Hens. Tonight at Victory Field, the Tribe posted just 4 hits on their way to their lone run, while the Mud Hens stacked up 12 hits and 5 runs.
Rudy Owens (photo) struck out a season-high 8 batters in his start for the Tribe, but he also gave up 8 hits and could not get through the 5th inning. He was charged with his 6th loss of the season, giving him a 6-6 record.
The game began with LF Will Rhymes lining a double into right field for a double. Owens struck out the next two batters, 3B Danny Worth and rehabbing 2B Carlos Guillen. DH Ryan Strieby lined a single into left field, and Rhymes raced around to score from second base. Owens struck out former Indy Indian CF Jeff Salazar to end the inning, then began the 2nd by striking out 1B Scott Thorman. RF Ben Guez doubled into center field with one out in the 2nd, but a fly out and another strikeout left Guez on base.
(Photo: Pitching coach Tom Filer, Rudy Owens, Dusty Brown, Corey Wimberly)
Owens also worked around a one-out hit by Worth in the 3rd — a bloopy hit that fell into no-man’s land behind first base, out of reach of Tribe RF Miles Durham, 1B Matt Hague, and 2B Corey Wimberly. Salazar struck out again to lead off the 4th inning. Thorman singled into right field, then with two strikes on Guez, Thorman took off to try to steal second base. Guez swung and missed on strike three, and as he finished his swing, he stumbled a bit, causing his bat to come around and hit C Dusty Brown. Brown was in the middle of throwing to second base as he was hit by the bat, and it caused his throw to go off-target. Guez was out on the strikeout, and since he was already out, the penalty for the batter interference ruling was that the base runner Thorman was also called out at second base.
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.
Brad Lincoln made the start for the Indians, and was charged with his 7th loss.
Pawtucket Red Sox 12, Indianapolis Indians 3
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Two big innings by the Pawtucket gave the Red Sox plenty of in-game fireworks to warm up the crowd for the post-game fireworks at Victory Field tonight. The PawSox scored 4 runs in the 2nd and 5 runs in the 8th, and their total of 12 runs came on just 10 hits.
Indians’ starter Brad Lincoln mowed down the first five batters he faced, striking out three of them. But with two outs in the top of the 2nd, Lincoln suddenly got into trouble. DH Ryan Lavarnway ripped a double into the right-center field gap for a double. RF Nate Spears lined a single into center field, which CF Gorkys Hernandez fired back to the plate, as Lavarnway rounded third and headed for the plate. The throw was on-target and on-time, but C Eric Fryer couldn’t keep hold of it as he went to make the tag. The ball dropped to the ground, and Lavarnway slid across the plate safely. Lincoln walked C Luis Expositon on four pitches, then 2B Brent Dlugach rocketed a double over RF Alex Presley’s head and off the top of the right field wall. That brought in Spears, but Presley’s strong throw in from right made Exposition hold up at third. With both runners in scoring position, CF Che-Hsuan Lin blooped a single into short center field, which dropped in between three Tribe fielders, brining in both Exposito and Dlugach, for a 4-0 lead.
Hernandez (photo) came through with a clutch double to help the Indians cut the PawSox lead in half in the bottom of the inning. With one out, 3B Josh Harrison, just back from Pittsburgh, took a 4-pitch walk from Pawtucket starter Kyle Weiland. Fryer grounded out, then 2B Josh Rodriguez also walked. Hernandez followed with a double off the top of the wall in the right-center field gap, and both Joshes raced around to score. The rally ended when Presley popped out to second, leaving Hernandez stranded, but the Tribe had made progress: 4-2.
Indianapolis Indians 10, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 5
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The newest Indian, Josh Rodriguez, went 3-for-3 with 4 RBI as the Indianapolis Indians overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA tonight. The Indians posted 15 hits, while the Iron Pigs put up 14 hits; the Tribe also worked 8 walks. SS Brian Friday also had 3 hits for the Indians, as all but one of the starting lineup had at least one hit. The Tribe pitchers combined to strikeout 14 Iron Pigs’ batters.
Once again, several former Indy Indians were on the field for Lehigh Valley: CF Rich Thompson (2005-06), LF Brandon Moss (2010), 1B Tagg Bozied (2009).
Starter Rudy Owens (photo), who has been having trouble getting through the first inning in many of his starts this season, had problems again tonight. Rich Thompson led off with a line drive off 1B Matt Hague’s glove and into short right field for a single. As usual for the speedy Thompson, he stole second base. SS Pete Orr moved Thompson to third base with a single tapped back to the mound and deflected by Owens. RF John Mayberry brought in both Thompson and Orr with a 3-run homer. Owens got Brandon Moss to pop out, but Tagg Bozied blasted a no-doubt-about-it homer over the left field wall and well past the bullpen, for a 4-0 lead. Owens also gave up a double to 2B Josh Barfield after the homer, but a fly out and a strike out ended the inning.
The Tribe put runners on base in each of the first three innings, though none of them came around to score. Chase d’Arnaud, who was on third base again tonight, led off the top of the 1st for the Indians by reaching first when SS Orr made a high throw to first base, bouncing it off the screen in front of the Indians’ bullpen. Friday singled, moving d’Arnaud to second, and a fly out by LF Alex Presley moved d’Arnaud to third. But RF John Bowker bounced into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning, keeping d’Arnaud from scoring.
The Indians threatened again in the 2nd inning, when Hague lined a ball off the Iron Pigs’ 3B Cody Overbeck’s glove and into left field. With one out, new Indian 2B Josh Rodriguez grounded to short, where SS Orr made the scoop then fumbled the ball a bit, and Rodriguez was credited with his first Indians’ hit. A grounder by CF Gorkys Hernandez forced out Rodriguez at second, but left runners on the corners with two outs. They got no further that time either, as Owens struck out to end the inning. Presley singled in the 3rd inning, but was left on base.
We’re on the road, so just brief recaps for a few days….
Rochester Red Wings 7, Indianapolis Indians 4
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Indians’ errors contributed to the Red Wings’ big inning, and the Indians’ own big inning was not big enough, as the Tribe lost to the Red Wings at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY.
The Wings jumped all over Tribe starter Rudy Owens in the bottom of the 1st, beginning with a ground-rule double on the first pitch Owens threw. A walk and a grounder force out gave Rochester runners on the corners. Both of those runners scored on 1B Aaron Bates’ double down the right field line, for a 2-0 lead.
The Indians got one run back in the top of the 2nd. 1B John Bowker led off with a single, then stole second base. C Eric Fryer lined a single to short, and Bowker scored from second base.
Owens worked around a walk and a single in the bottom of the 2nd inning, then allowed just one hit over the next three innings. But things fell apart on him in the 6th. Bates led off with a double into right field. After a walk, 2B Toby Gardenhire dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Owens fielded the bunt but threw wildly to first, and all three runners were safe on the error. Owens walked the next batter, forcing in a run. He was relieved by Justin Thomas, but Thomas hit the first batter he faced with a pitch, forcing in another run. A single drove in two more runs. A double play finally gave the Tribe two outs, and Thomas was relieved by Jose Ascanio, who had just been assigned to the Indians. The first batter Ascanio faced grounded to third, but a throwing error by 3B Matt Hague allowed the batter to reach safely, while the runner from third base scored the 5th run of the inning. Red Wings 7, Indians 1.
Jared Hughes and Sean Gallagher each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to finish the game for the Tribe. Meanwhile, the Tribe batters were not having much success with the Red Wings’ pitchers. CF Gorkys Hernandez singled in the 3rd, but was caught trying to steal second base. Bowker and Hague hit back-to-back singles in the 6th, but were left on base. Hernandez also doubled down the right field line in the 7th, but was stranded.
The Tribe rallied in the top of the 9th. Three pinch-hitters started the inning: Andy Marte led off with a double into center field, Wyatt Toregas struck out, then Miles Durham singled, bringing Marte across the plate. After a fly out, Hernandez hit his second double of the game, a ground-rule double, moving Durham to third base. SS Chase d’Arnaud also doubled, which drove in Durham and Hernandez to bring the score to 7-4. But Rochester ace reliever Anthony Slama was brought in from the bullpen, and Slama got DH Corey Wimberly to ground out, ending the game.
The Indians and Red Wings play a split double header on Saturday — one game at 1:05 pm, and the second game at 7:05 pm.