The Indians lost the suspended game, but won the regularly scheduled game.
Syracuse Chiefs 6, Indianapolis Indians 4 (completion of suspended game)
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When we last left our heroes, trying to escape the pouring rain….
The Indians/Chiefs game was suspended after a 1 hour 44 minute wait last night. Tribe starter Sean Gallagher had given up a run in the top of the 1st, then the Indians took the lead in the 3rd on a single by CF Gorkys Hernandez, a triple by SS Chase d’Arnaud, and an error by the Syracuse 2B Tug Hulett. Syracuse tied the score in the top of the 6th on a solo homer by Hulett of reliever Chris Leroux. The top of the 7th began with Leroux still on the mound. He gave up a single and a sacrifice bunt, then was relieved by Justin Thomas. With the rain pouring down and the ball wet and slippery, Thomas hit both LF Gregor Blanco and CF Corey Brown with pitches to load the bases. Play was halted …
The game restarted this afternoon at Victory Field, under overcast skies, with sprinkling rain that did not last long. Cesar Valdez (photo) took the mound for the Indians, with two outs and the bases loaded. 1B Chris Marrero stepped to the plate, and rocketed a grand slam over the left field wall, to give Syracuse a 6-2 lead.
The Tribe got two of the runs back in the bottom of the frame. Andrew Lambo, who had entered the game as a pinch-hitter for Gallagher and remained in the game in right field, opened the inning with a double into right field. After d’Arnaud struck out, 2B Brian Friday hit another double, just inside the first base bag and down the right field line, scoring Lambo. John Bowker, who had taken over left field at the restart, flied out. 3B Andy Marte blooped an RBI single into left field, bringing Friday around from second base to score. 1B Matt Hague also singled, and pinch-hitter Shelby Ford walked on four pitches to load the bases, but C Eric Fryer struck out on a checked swing, to end the rally.
Dan Meyer pitched the last two innings for the Indians. He struck out the first two batters in the 8th, then gve up a single to SS Matt Antonelli, then retired the next 4 Chiefs in order.
The Indians managed only one base runner over the last two innings — Hernandez led off the bottom of the 8th with a double to the center field wall. The remaining 6 Tribe batters went down in order, and the Chiefs had the win.
Starter Brian Burres threw 7 shutout innings, but got a no-decision.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 1, Indianapolis Indians 0
A pitching duel did not end up in the Indians favor today, as the S/W-B Yankees took a one-game lead in this 4-game series at Victory Field. Tribe starter Brian Burres pitched an outstanding game, going 7 shutout innings, but left the game without any runs on the scoreboard, so he was not involved in the decision. Yankees’ starter DJ Mitchell also pitched 7 scoreless innings, but earned the win. The game was scoreless until the starters were relieved in the 8th inning.
Burres scattered 3 hits and 2 walks over his 7 innings, while striking out 5 Yankees. He began his afternoon’s work by retiring the first 6 batters he faced. He gave up doubles to 2B Kevin Russo to lead off the 3rd, and to SS Ramiro Pena in the 6th, but left both of them on base. Pena also singled in the 4th, dropping a liner into right-center field just out of the reach of CF Gorkys Hernandez. Burres picked Pena off first, then 1B Matt Hague threw to SS Brian Friday, who tagged out Pena as he tried to steal second base (photo). Burres walked 1B Jorge Vazquez in the 4th, but after Pena had been erased, and he walked LF Dan Brewer in the 5th. Both of those runners were left on base, too. Burres needed 98 pitches, with 58 hits, to get through his 7 innings.
Pawtucket Red Sox 9, Indianapolis Indians 2
The Pawtucket Red Sox had enough of losing to the Indians, and enough of losing at home. They had lost 8 of their last 9 home games, including the last 3 games to the Tribe. So maybe it isn’t so surprising that their frustration erupted into a 12-hit game, as they scored in all but two of their at-bats to beat the Indians 9-2 at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The Indians started the game on the right foot. With two outs in the top of the 1st and rehabbing Bobby Jenks on the mound for Pawtucket, LF Alex Presley worked a walk, then stole second base. He came around to score from second on a single up the middle by 3B Andy Marte (photo), who also stole second base. That gave the Tribe a 1-0 lead…. and that was all the scoring they would do until the 9th inning.
Brad Lincoln had the start for the Indians. He began the bottom of the 1st by giving up a single to CF Che-Hsuan Lin, and he too stole second base. A ground out moved Lin to third and 3B Hector Luna plated Lin with a line drive single into center field, tying the score at 1-1. As seemed to be the trend, Luna stole second base too.
Unfortunately, the PawSox had their hitting shoes on. They took the lead in the bottom of the 2nd, after Lincoln struck out the first two batters. SS Brent Dlugach was hit by a pitch, and RF Ronald Bermudez doubled into right field. Dlugach raced around from first base to score ahead of the errant relay throw from the cut-off man 2B Josh Harrison. That gave the PawSox a 2-1 lead. Lincoln gave up a single in the 3rd, but did not allow a run to score in that inning. A double by 2B Tony Thomas and an RBI single by Bermudez added a run in the 4th. Lincoln was attacked again in the 5th, with a double by Lin, an RBI single by LF Daniel Nava, bringing in Lin. A fielding error by CF Gorkys Hernandez moved Nava to second, and he tagged up and advanced to third on a fly out. Nava scored on a wild pitch by Lincoln, increasing the PawSox lead to 5-1.
Indianapolis Indians 9, Pawtucket Red Sox 7
3B Josh Harrison (photo) went 5-for-5 at the plate to lead the Indians in a come-from-behind win over the Red Sox at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island tonight. Harrison smacked two singles and three doubles, and contributed 2 RBI, as the the Indians scored 9 unanswered runs after trailing the PawSox 7-0.
Justin Wilson made the start for the Indians, but he lasted only two innings. He was responsible for all 7 of Pawtucket’s runs (6 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks, with no strikeouts. Home runs were the beginning of the end for Wilson, who gave up 3 in his briefest start of the season.
With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, Wilson gave up the first homer, a solo blast by DH Hector Luna. The trouble really got going in the 2nd, when the first four batters reached base safely. C Michael McKenry led off with another solo home run. 2B Tory Thomas singled, then 3B Brent Dlugach made the score 4-0 with a 2-run homer. SS Jose Iglesias singled, and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by RF Matt Sheely. Then Wilson walked three consecutive batters — CF Che-Hsuan Lin on four pitches, LF Daniel Nava on a 3-2 count, and Luna on a 3-1 count. Luna’s walk forced in Iglesias. A grounder to 1B Matt Hague might have been an inning-ending double play, and Luna was forced out at second, but Harrison’s throw back to first was wild, allowing 1B Lars Anderson to reach first safely, and allowing Nava to score from third base. The inning finally ended with a ground out by McKenry, but the PawSox had a 6-run inning, and led the Tribe 7-1.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5, Indinanapolis Indians 1
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees won their second game in less than 24 hours, to earn a series split with the Indianapolis Indians. Today’s game began at 10:35 am in Moosic, PA, and started on time, though a misty rain fell for a large part of the game. For the second game in a row, the Yankees scored early, and for the second game in a row, the Indians were held to just one run.
Sean Gallagher (photo) suffered his 7th loss of the season. The Indians’ starter pitched 6 innings in this start. He surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter, with 4 strikeouts. The first two Yankees’ runs came in the bottom of the 1st. With one out, SS Ramiro Pena singled through the hole and into left field. A passed ball by C Wyatt Toregas let Pena move to second base. Gallagher struck out the next batter, but then International League home run and RBI leader 1B Jorge Vazquez stepped to the plate and smacked a 2-run homer just in side the left field foul pole. That increased his home run count to 17 and his RBI total to 43, and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Gallagher settled into a rhythm after the 1st inning. He scattered 2 singles, a walk, and a hit batter over the next 4 innings, and kept all those base runners from scoring. The Yankees did score another run off Gallagher in the 6th. Vazquez began the rally with a walk. A wild pitch by Gallagher moved him to second base, and LF Justin Maxwell’s single lined into left field advanced him to third. 3B Brandon Laird collected the RBI when his sacrifice fly plated Vazquez.
Meanwhile, Yankees’ starter Adam Warren was having a pretty easy time with the Tribe batters. DH Dusty Brown was the only Indians’ batter to reach base in the first three innings — he singled to lead off the 3rd, but was left on base. The Indians scored their only run against Warren and the Yankees in the 4th. CF Gorkys Hernandez (photo) led off with a single lined along the right field line, then stole second base, sliding in ahead of a late throw from the Yankees’ catcher. After a strikeout by LF Alex Presley, RF John Bowker grounded toward second base, where the ball skipped off the glove of 2B Kevin Russo for a single. Hernandez advanced to third base, then scored on 1B Matt Hague’s sacrifice fly. Hernandez crossed the plate standing when the CF Austin Krum’s throw to the plate was a little short.
That was the Tribe’s only run. Warren walked Brown to lead off the top of the 5th, but then retired the next 12 batters he faced, taking him through the 8th inning.