Tough First Inning Sinks Indians

Corey Hamman came on in relief and finished the 6th inning for Martinez.� He went on to pitch both the 7th and 8th innings without allowing a run or a hit, but he did have some trouble with walks.� He walked one in the 6th, two in the 7th (back-to-back), and one more in the 8th.� He threw a total of 51 pitches in 2.2 innings, and only 26 were strikes.

Anthony Claggett took the mound for the top of the 9th.� He gave up a walk to Roof and a single to White, but left them stranded.

The Indians put runners on base again in the 4th and 6th innings, but did not score again until the 9th.� Mitch Jones led off the 4th with a single through the hole into left field.� He stole base on strike three to Erik Kratz, and when Robinzon Diaz’s sailed into the outfield, Jones advanced to third base.� Two strikeouts, by Myrow and Ciriaco, left him standing there.� CF Alex Presley led off the 6th by driving a double into right field.� He made it to third base, tagging up on a fly out by LF Brandon Moss, but two more strikeouts ended that inning before he could score.

IMG_4207Mitch Jones (photo) had his third hit of the game in the 9th inning.� Brandon Moss led off with a double into left field, and Jones followed with a line drive into left for another double, scoring Moss from second base.� That was all the Tribe could do — two infield pop outs and a ground out ended the game.

This was the last meeting between the Indians and the Mud Hens for 2010.� The Indians win the season series by one game:� 11 – 10.

Indians’ Hitting Gems of the Game:�� Three hits for Mitch Jones, including an RBI double for the Tribe’s second run.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game:� The double play in the 4th inning, Friday to Ciriaco to John Bowker (4- 6- 3), which cut short another Mud Hens’ rally and found Joe Martinez a way out of a jam.

NOTES:

Short report tonight, as we’re on the road again.� The Indians will also be on the road this weekend, playing two games in Columbus, then back to Indianapolis for the last home stand.

Go Tribe!

(photos by Nancy)

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