This Time Indians Can’t Overcome Late Inning Rallies

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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NOTES:

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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