Indians 1, Braves 0 — after 3 innings, and guess what?? � Another delay, of course.

Final: �Indians �6, �Braves 0 (box)

IMG_3132The Indians jumped out to a good start in the regularly-scheduled game. �With two out in the top of the 1st, three consecutive singles gave the Indians an early 1-0 lead. �1B Brian Myrow lined a single into center field, 3B Pedro Alvarez grounded through the hole and into right field, and C Luke Carlin (photo) slipped a grounder between shortstop and the second base bag for the RBI single that brought in Myrow.

The Tribe batters were quiet in the next two innings. �SS Argenis Diaz walked in the 2nd, but was erased by a double play. �Three Indians went down in order in the 3rd.

Hayden Penn had the start for the Indians. �He retired the Braves in order in the 1st, then got into a jam with back-to-back singles by 1B Barbaro Canizares and RF Mitch Jones to lead off the 2nd inning. �He escaped the mess when LF Alex Romero grounded to second, and 2B Brian Friday started a 4-6-3 (Friday to Diaz to Myrow) double play. �Canizares moved to third base on the play, but he had to stay there when Penn got SS Luis Bolivar to fly out to end the inning. �Penn gave up a 2-out single in the 3rd, and then made a wild throw on a pick-off attempt to first, but he struck out 3B Wes Timmons to end the inning.

Rain began to fall lightly during the third inning, but it wasn’t enough to stop play. �The problem came in the bottom of the inning, when several bolts of lightning struck fairly close to the stadium, complete with loud rolls of thunder. �The ground crew and umpires must have known that something was coming on the radar, though, because as soon as Timmons’ strikeout was recorded, the ground crew pulled out the tarp, and rather than just laying to down on the field, they nailed it into the turf. �The stadium officials also asked fans who were sitting on the grass to come around and get under the cover of the grandstand.

LATER:

After a 92-minute delay, this game got started again. �Luckily for the Indians, this was scheduled to be just a 7-inning game.

IMG_3072The Tribe got right down to business when the game restarted. �Pedro Alvarez led off the 4th inning with a walk, CF Brandon Moss doubled, and 2B Brian Friday smacked a triple off the right field wall, cruising into third base standing up and driving in both Alvarez and Moss. �Indians ahead, 3-0.

LF Jose Tabata (photo) began the 5th inning with a towering fly ball over the center field wall for a home run. �The Tribe made it 6-0 in the 6th, again courtesy of Brian Friday. �Luke Carlin opened the inning with a line drive single into center field. �Friday drove a 1-1 pitch into the right field corner, and Carlin raced around from first to score. �Friday was also off and running, but as he rounded second base, he stumbled and fell to his knee. �He popped right up and continued running, again sailing into third base. �Because he fell, the hit was ruled a double, and took third on the throw to the plate, which was not even close to catching Carlin. �After a walk to SS Argenis Diaz, pinch-hitter Jon Van Every grounded into a force out, which allowed Friday to score.

Hayden Penn had thrown 3 scoreless innings, with 3 hits and 3 strikeouts, but of course, he could not come back out to the mound after 92 minutes of a delay. �Vinnie Chulk replaced Penn, retiring the side in order in the 4th. �LF Alex Romero led off the 5th with a single. �With one out, C JC Boscan hit a little liner to first base. �As reported by Indians’ broadcaster Scott McCauley, the players in the Indians’ dugout all called out to 1B Brian Myrow to drop the ball, thinking that he could then throw to second base and start a double play. �But all the shouting confused Myrow momentarily, and he fumbled the ball, which went skittering off in the direction of 2B Friday. �Friday scooped it up but didn’t have time to get Romero as he went into second base. �Instead, Friday fired back to Myrow, covering first base, to at least get Boscan out at first. �It turned out to not matter, as Chulk got pinch-hitter Brandon Hicks to pop out for the third out.

IMG_2439Corey Hamman pitched the final two innings for the Indians. �He worked around a one-out single in the 6th, and another one-out single and a hit batter in the bottom of the 7th, and finished the shut-out for the Tribe.

Indians’ Hitting Gems of the Game: �Two hits by Brian Friday (photo), a triple and a double that should have been a triple. �Those accounted for 3 of the Indians 6 runs.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: �The double play in the 2nd inning, Friday to Diaz to Myrow that got Hayden Penn out of a jam with 2 runners on base.

NOTES:

Neil Walker hit his first major league home run in the bottom of the 8th in the Pirates-Cubs game. �It was a 2-run homer, scoring Andrew McCutchen, who had walked, and it was a game-winning homer. �He hit the homer off Cubs’ Ted Lilly, and hit it batting right-handed.

The Pirates have activated reliever Jack Taschner from the disabled list. �They had to make room on the active roster, so Steven Jackson is being optioned to Indianapolis.

Go Tribe!

(photos by Nancy)

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