Mike Crotta kept rolling along, facing the minimum number of batters in the 6th and 7th.� 2B Chase Lambin led off the 6th with a single, but he too was erased with a double play, started by SS Argenis Diaz, and relaying through 2B Brian Friday and 1B Jeff Clement.� Crotta came out to begin the 8th, and got the first two outs, a strikeout and a fly out.� Then he gave up a triple into the alley in right-center.� That was all for Crotta.� He had thrown 102 pitches (63 strikes), and 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and a walk in 7.1 innings.� He also struck out 6 Chiefs’ batters.
(photo:� Alex Presley)
Derek Hankins began his AAA career in a less-than-auspicious manner.� He came on to relieve Crotta in the bottom of the 8th, with two outs and Pete Orr standing on third base.� On Hankin’s 3-1 pitch, Chase Lambin blasted a 2-run homer over the right field wall, and the Chiefs had tied the score at 5-5.
But Hankins’ new teammates were not going to let him down in his debut.� Luke Carlin led off the top of the 9th with a walk, and Argenis Diaz dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Carlin to second base.� Brian Friday was intentionally walked, then Doug Bernier was unintentionally walked to load the bases with one out.� Alex Presley was the hero when he smacked a grounder up the middle and into center field for a 2-RBI single, scoring both Carlin and Friday.
Jean Machi took the mound for the bottom of the 9th.� He gave up a walk to SS Seth Bynum, then struck out both Kevin Mench and pinch-hitter (another former Indy Indian) Luis Ordaz.� Carlos Maldonado grounded out to short to end the game.
Hankins was charged with a Blown Save, but he also earned his first win with the Indians.� It took him 3 pitches to do all that.� Jean Machi earned his 14th save.� Jeff Clement went 3-for-4; Alex Presley and Brandon Moss each had 2 hits, with 2 RBI for Presley and 4 RBI for Moss.� Aki Iwamura was the only other Indian to get a hit besides the Presley-Moss-Clement trio.� Brian Friday, Doug Bernier, and Luke Carlin all walked twice.
Indians’ Hitting Gems of the Game:� A grand slam by Brandon Moss (photo) to get the juices flowing in the 1st inning, and a 2-run game-winning single by Alex Presley in the 9th inning.
Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game:� In the bottom of the 8th, Boomer Whiting lifted a fly ball to left field.� LF Jim Negrych, who is really an infielder, raced back from his shallow starting position, then made a gracefull slide (on the wet grass) to make the catch.
Derek Hankins was promoted from Altoona, and to make space on the Indians’ roster, reliever Brian Bass was sent to the Curve — though on paper only.� Apparently Bass was right there in the clubhouse with the rest of the Indians tonight.� The Pirates are expected to do more pitcher shuffling in the next few days, so that situation will shake out.
(photos by Nancy)