Indianapolis Indians �2, �Buffalo Bison �0 (box)
The newest member of the Indianapolis Indians, infielder Jim Negrych (photo), played ball in his home town of Buffalo for the first time in many years. �He had hundreds, literally hundreds, of family and friends in the stands, and at times it was a bit hard to tell which team the crowd was cheering for. �And if that weren't enough, Negrych hit the game-winning home run and made some outstanding defensive plays at second base. �It was definitely the Negrych Show at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY.
Hayden Penn got the start for the Indians, and for the first few innings, he kept getting himself into trouble, then getting out of it. �He got the first two outs of the 1st inning, then walked 1B Mike Jacobs. �A wild pitch on strike three moved Jacobs to second base and put 3B Mike Cervenak on first base. �Then Penn got CF Fernando Martinez to tap back to the mound for the third out.
The Bison opened the 2nd inning with a double into right field by LF Lucas Duda. �Duda got greedy, though, and tried to make it a triple -- and was thrown out by Tribe RF Brandon Moss, through cut-off man 2B Jim Negrych, to 3B Doug Bernier, who tagged out Duda at third. �That bailed out Penn, because he followed the unexpected out by giving up a signle to C Josh Thole, a walk to SS Andy Green, a sacrifice bunt to Buffalo pitcher Pat Misch, and another walk to RF Russ Adams to load the bases. �Penn got out of the inning when 2B Justin Turner bounced to Bernier at third for a grounder force out at second base.
Penn (photo) had to deal with a runner at third base in the 3rd inning too. �With two outs, he gave up a double to Martinez, and another wild pitch put Martinez on third base. �Duda walked, giving the Bison runners on the corners. �But Thole grounded to second base, where Jim Negrych made the scoop and threw to SS Argenis Diaz covering second base for the force out that ended the inning. �Penn finished the first three innings having given up 4 walks, 3 hits (2 doubles and a single), 2 wild pitches �-- but no runs.
The Indians had a hit in each of the first four innings. �The man of the night, Jim Negrych, singled with two outs in the 1st inning. �1B Jeff Clement doubled to lead off the 2nd inning, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by CF Jonathan Van Every. Brandon Moss singled with two outs in the 3rd. �Clement singled again in the 4th inning. �All four of them were left on base.
Then, Hayden Penn flipped a switch. �Or maybe brought in his not-so-evil twin. �Penn retired the next 9 batters he faced in order, including three strikeouts.