This Time Indians Can’t Overcome Late Inning Rallies



In the 4th inning, the Indians again had two runners on base with two outs when pitcher Jeremy Powell came to the plate.� With one out, C Jason Jaramillo looped a single into right field, followed by a liner into right field by Pedro Ciriaco.� Brian Friday was almost the hero, when he took a long fly ball to the wall in left-center field, at the edge of the new scoreboard.� LF Boomer Whiting had trouble finding the ball in the sun, and CF Michael Martinez had to come all the way over from center, with a different angle in the sun, to make the catch right at the wall.� That brought up Powell again (photo).� He tapped a roller back to the mound (not a bunt) for the easy out at first, again leaving two runners on base.

Jordan Zimmerman was limited to 5 innings on this rehab start.� When he exited, the Tribe got to reliever Jeff Mandel for another run in the 6th.� Brandon Moss greeted Mandel by taking his first pitch into right-center field for a single.� John Bowker took the second pitch he saw into right field also, moving Moss over to third base.� Jason Jaramillo grounded into a double play, 4-6-3 (2B Chase Lambin to SS Danny Espinosa to 1B Jason Botts).� Moss scored from third base on the play, though Jaramillo did not get an RBI.


The Indians took that 2-0 lead to the top of the 7th, but that was when Jeremy Powell got into trouble.� Jason Botts led off with a single lined into center field, but Powell got the next two batters to fly out to Brandon Moss in right field.� With Leonard Davis at the plate and one strike, Powell began his motion to the plate, then inexplicably just stopped — as if the plate umpire had suddenly called time out… except he hadn’t.� With a runner on base, that was a balk, very unusual for Powell.� It moved Botts to second base, and it seemed to disrupt Powell’s rhythm.� Davis smacked a double into center field on the next pitch, and because Botts was now on second base instead of first, he scored easily.� Then Powell threw three straight balls to the next batter, CF Michael Martinez, before Martinez took a 3-1 pitch up the middle, just barely out of reach of Pedro Ciriaco, to drive in Davis with the tying run.

Powell was relieved by rehabber Chris Jakubauskas (photo).� Powell had thrown 90 pitches (59 strikes) and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, no walks, with 3 strikeouts in 6.2 innings.� Jakubauskas walked pinch-hitter Seth Bynum, then got Boomer Whiting to ground out to end the inning.

IMG_4375(photo:� Pedro Ciriaco makes the play on a grounder at shortstop)

Kevin Melillo singled with two outs in the bottom of the 7th, but he was left on base, and the tie continued.� Jakubauskas began the 8th inning with two strikeouts, but then the next 5 Chiefs’ batters reached base safely.� Jason Botts singled into left field, and the quick Wilson Ramos beat out the throw from Aki Iwamura on a slow roller to third base.� Jakubauskas walked Pete Orr to load the bases, and that was all for him.

Brian Bass relieved Jakubauskas with two out and the bases loaded.� He was greeted by a single through the hole and into left field by Leonard Davis, which brought in both Botts and Ramos, to give Syracuse a 4-2 lead.� Those runs were charged to Jakubauskas.� Bass hit Michael Martinez on the ankle or lower leg with a pitch, then ended the inning with a grounder force out hit by pinch-hitter Jamie Burke, forcing out Martinez at second base.� Bass also pitched the 9th inning, giving up a double to Danny Espinosa, but leaving him standing on second base.

Indians’ fans were hoping to see another comeback and another exciting win, but we were disappointed.� The Indians went down in order in the 8th.�� Brian Friday had a 2-out single into left field in the 9th, and he took second base on defensive indifference, but a fly out to left field by Jonathan Van Every, who had taked over at first base in a double-switch, ended the game.


Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game:� Alex Presley’s triple in the 3rd inning (photo, with manager Frank Kremblas), driving in the first run of the game.� It was his 5th of the season with the Indians� — he had 7 triples in his time in Altoona.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game:� In the 4th inning, with one out, Jason Botts trickled a slow roller through the infield.� It went to the right of the mound, just out of reach of Jeremy Powell coming off the mound, and slowed even further as it rolled through the grass on beyond.� 2B Brian Friday had been playing deep at second, but he charged in.� On the grass, Friday made a bare-hand pick up, then threw across his body to John Bowker at first, and the ball arrived just barely before Botts did, for the out.

Pedro Ciriaco on the basepath;� Akinori Iwamura is ready at third



Former Indy Indian Luis Ordaz coached at first (he’s on the DL);� Brandon Moss makes the catch in right field




014_14aFormer Indy Indian and Pirates’ 2002 first round draft pick Bryan Bullington earned his first major league win today with the Kansas City Royals.� Bullington shut out the Yankees for 8 innings.�� He retired the first 13 batters he faced in order, taking him into the 5th inning.� Yankees’ Robinson Cano singled in the 5th, but was erased with a double play.� Brett Gardner singled in the 6th, but was thrown out trying to steal second base.� Bullington went on to retire the side in the 7th, then got the first two outs in the 8th before giving up a walk to Marcus Thames.� He finished his afternoon’s work with a fly out.� Reliever Joakim Soria came on to finish up by retiring the side in the 9th inning, earning his 33rd save.

(photo:� Bryan Bullington with the Indians, 2005)

Go Tribe!

(photos by Nancy)

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