The Indians gave Powell four runs worth of support, and on only 6 hits.� They scored their first run in the top of the 1st without posting a hit.� Lead-off man 2B Brian Friday walked, then stole second base (his 5th).� 1B Doug Bernier also walked, and when CF Alex Presley flied out to center, Friday tagged up and moved to third base.� A sacrifice fly by RF Brandon Moss brought in Friday with the first run of the game.

IMG_4091They added two more runs in the 3rd inning.� With one out, Bernier walked again, and Presley slipped a single throught the hole in the right side of the infield, moving Bernier to second base.� Moss’ ground out to first let both runners advance a base into scoring position.� That set up 3B Jim Negrych (photo), who ripped a double over CF Justin Maxwell’s head and to the wall in the left-center field alley, scoring both Bernier and Presley, to give the Indians a 3-0 lead.

Things were quiet for the Indians over the next few innings.� Negrych tripled in the 6th inning, but he was out at the plate when he tried to score on a grounder to shortstop by Luke Carlin.� The Indians did come through one more time in the 7th.� SS Argenis Diaz led off with a walk, and Jeremy Powell bunted him to second base.� Brian Friday lined a single up the middle, but not very deep, and Justin Maxwell’s throw in to the plate was on target, and Diaz was tagged out.� Doug Bernier lined the next single into right field, and this one was a little harder.� Friday raced around third and scored when the throw in from right came in to C Burke a bit in front of the plate.

The only other hit for the Indians was a single by Argenis Diaz in the 2nd, and he was left on base when Powell struck out to end the inning.� Jim Negrych was the only one to have more than one hit.� The Indians also were the recipients of 6 free passes to first base.

Indians’ Hitting Gems of the Game:� Jim Negrych with two hits, both for extra bases — a double and a triple.� He was responsible for driving in half of the Indians’ runs.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: Luke Carlin’s throw down to second base in the 1st inning, to catch Boomer Whiting trying to steal second base.� It cut short a Chiefs’ rally before it could get any momentum going, and got Jeremy Powell off to a good start.

NOTES:

The newest member of the Indians’ bullpen, Travis Chick, is with the team.� Manager Frank Kremblas thought he might get Chick into last night’s game, but that didn’t work out.� Then they thought maybe tonight… but Powell was pitching too well.� Maybe tomorrow.

Akinori Iwamura, who was knocked unconscious in a collision at first base yesterday, is doing ok, though he does not remember the collision.� He’ll be out for at least a few more days.

I’m going to be on the road for the next several days, and internet connections might be spotty.� I’ll be catching up as best as I can.

Go Tribe!

(photos by Nancy)

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