Brian Burres (photo) finished his night’s work with a scoreless 5th inning. �He gave up a one-out single to DH Josh Rodriguez, but immediately erased Rodriguez when Luis Valbuena bounced into a 4-6-3 double play (Jim Negrych to Argenis Diaz to Brian Myrow). �Burres threw a total of 98 pitches (64 strikes) in his 5 innings.
The rain that had been in central Indiana all day had made it to central Ohio as the 6th inning was beginning. �The Indians threatened in the 6th, as Alex Presley ripped a double into right field, and Jonathan Van Every walked. �But Tomlin got out of the jam with a strikeout and a ground out, and with the rain coming down harder, the game went into the bottom of the 6th.
Reliever Steven Jackson took the mound to start the inning, and gave up a single to Jared Goedert. �With Goedert on first base, and a 3-2 count on Jordan Brown, the rain got even harder. �In the middle of the at-bat, the umpires called a halt to the proceedings and the game went into a rain delay.
It’s now been about an hour, and the game has not yet restarted. �The Columbus video feed is showing the tarp on the field, with some of the Columbus grounds crew staff walking around the edge of it, occasionally doing something at the edge… it looks like they are driving in stakes, as if they are preparing to leave the tarp there for the night. �Oh– the video feed just went blank. �Does that mean they are calling it?
Yes, it does — a couple moments later, and the game has officially been called. �They have played 5.5 innings, making it an official game, and the Indians have won, 3 – 2. �Brian Burres has earned the win, his 2nd of the season with the Indians. �That means that the Indians have moved one game closer to the Clippers in the standings. �The Clippers have a firm hold on first place in the International League Western Division, and the Indians have moved from 8.5 behind to 7.5 behind, which has them in second place.
Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game: �Jeff Clement’s huge home run, which gave the Indians the win. �It was his 6th of the season with the Indians.
Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: �In the bottom of the 4th inning, Jared Goedert grounded a ball toward second base, just off to the left side. �Argenis Diaz darted to his left to make the scoop behind the second base bag. Then he executed the spin-and-throw, firing the ball to first base in time to make the out on Goedert.
(photos by Nancy)