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 7, Syracuse Chiefs 3
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Brian Friday (photo) was not even in the Indians’ starting line-up today, but he ended up being the big basher for the night as the Indians defeated the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Park in Syracuse, NY. The Indians came from behind, scoring in three of the last four innings, and posting 14 hits. CF Gorkys Hernandez went 4-for-4 with a double and three singles, and RF Miles Durham had a triple and two singles, plus 3 RBI.
Sean Gallagher won his 3rd game of the season (3-8 record), going 5 innings and allowing 2 runs (one earned). He gave up a double in each of the first three innings. Chiefs’ 2B Steve Lombardozzi doubled and was left stranded in the 1st, and C Jhonatan Solano doubled in the 2nd, and was left on base, along with LF Gregor Blanco, who was hit by a pitch. The double in the 3rd inning brought Gallagher some trouble, though. Rehabbing major leaguer Rick Ankiel doubled into right field, then was sacrifice bunted to third base by Lombardozzi. SS Matt Antonelli drove in Ankiel with a sacrifice fly. Ankiel also reached second base in the 5th due to a fielding error when RF Miles Durham dropped his fly ball. Lombardozzi again put down a sacrifice bunt, moving Ankiel to third. This time Antonelli brought Ankiel home with an RBI single lined into center field.
The Indians had one batter reach base in each of the first five innings. SS Jordy Mercer was hit by a pitch in the top of the 1st. Hernandez hit his lined his first single into left field to lead off the top of the 3rd, and 1B Matt Hague doubled into right field in the 3rd. Hernandez’s second single came in the 5th inning. None of them were able to come around to score. And to possibly make it worse : Mercer was able to return to the field after being hit by the pitch (?hand or arm?), but he was not going to be able to swing the bat, so Friday came in to pinch-hit for Mercer in the 3rd, then remained in the game at shortstop.
Indianapolis Indians 2, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 0
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Five Indians’ pitchers combined to shut-out the Iron Pigs at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA this evening. The Pigs were held to just 4 hits, while the Indians posted 6 hits.
Starter Sean Gallagher (photo) earned his 2nd win of the season, pitching 5 scoreless innings and allowing 2 hits and 4 walks, with 5 strikeouts. Gallagher retired the Pigs in order in the 1st inning, then had to battle with runners on base in each of the next four innings. With two outs in the 2nd inning, Gallagher walked former Indy Indian C Erik Kratz and hit former Indy Indiana 1B Tagg Bozied with a pitch. He walked SS Brian Bocock to load the bases, then struck out Pigs’ starter (and another former Indy Indian) Brian Bass to end the inning and leave the bases loaded.
The 3rd inning looked like an instant replay. With two outs, Gallagher again loaded the bases. He gave up a single by CF John Mayberry, who also stole second, and a walk to former Indian LF Brandon Moss. He struck out RF Delwyn Young, but strike three was a wild pitch, and Young made it safely to first base. This time it was Kratz who struck out to end the inning and leave the bases full.
Three of the Indians’ six hits came off the bat of 1B Matt Hague. CF Gorkys Hernandez had 2 hits, and 2B Brian Friday had the last Tribe hit. Hernandez’s first hit was a line drive single into left field to begin the 3rd inning. Gallagher dropped down a sacrifice bunt, moving Hernandez to second base, and when he saw that none of the Pigs were covering third base, Hernandez took off and reached third safely. ”Gallagher put down a pretty good bunt, and when I got to second, I saw the third baseman was off the base. I said if I can take another base, I help my team,” said Hernandez after the game. It was a help, because after SS Chase d’Arnaud walked, Friday singled, and Hernandez scored from third. LF Alex Presley grounded to first, moving the runners to second and third bases. RF John Bowker walked, loading the bases. This time it was the Indians who left the bases loaded, though, as a fly out ended the inning, but with the Indians ahead 1-0.
Indianapolis Indians 7, Rochester Red Wings 5 (Game 1)
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A 4-run 6th inning gave the Indians the edge this afternoon at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY, despite being out-hit 13-9. SS Chase d’Arnaud led the Tribe with 3 hits and 2 RBI, and LF Alex Presley and 3B Andy Marte had 2 hits apiece.
Both teams got their scoring started early with 2 runs in the 1st inning. With former Indy Indian (2009) Eric Hacker making the start for Rochester, d’Arnaud began with a strikeout, then 2B Corey Wimberly was hit by a pitch. Presley walked, and when Hacker pick-off attempt went wild, both runners moved into scoring position on the error. RF John Bowker’s grounder let the Rochester third baseman fire back to the plate, where Wimberly was tagged out. With Bowker still on first base, Marte lined a double into left field, scoring both Presley and Bowker for the early 2-0 lead.
The Red Wings came right back in the bottom of the inning. The first batter Brian Burres faced, CF Dustin Martin, doubled into right field, and the next batter, SS Trevor Plouffe, smacked a 2-run homer to tie the score.
Marte doubled again in to lead off the top of the 4th, and when the Wings’ right fielder misplayed the ball, Marte advanced to third. A sacrifice fly by 1B Matt Hague plated Marte, to give the Indians a 3-2 lead.
Burres had a tough second inning to work through. The lead off batter, 3B Chase Lambin, led off with a single, but was picked off first and caught stealing. After a ground out, a walk, a single by Martin, and another walk loaded the bases. Burres got out of the jam with a ground out, leaving the bases full. Burres also got lucky in the 4th, when another single by Lambin and a double by C Steve Holm had Lambin rounding third and heading for the plate. Presley made the play on the double in left field, then his throw in was relayed by d’Arnaud, who fired on to C Wyatt Toregas for the tag out of Lambin at the plate.
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.