Chase d'Arnaud (19) is congratulated after his 2-run homer.
Indianapolis Indians 6, Buffalo Bisons 1
Brad Lincoln (photo) won his fourth game in a row with his best performance of the season, pitching 7 scoreless innings to lead the Indians over the Buffalo Bison at Victory Field this afternoon. This was Lincoln's 8th start overall for the Indians, and the only scoreless start so far. He went 7 innings for the second time in a row, and struck out 7 batters for the third time this season. Lincoln allowed only 4 hits, which was the fewest he's allowed since his first start -- and that start lasted only 4.2 innings.
Lincoln scattered those 4 hits, plus one walk, so that the Bison had only one inning in which two runners reached base. He retired the first 7 Bison in order, including 3 strikeouts in the first two innings. Former Indy Indian (2008) C Raul Chavez had the first hit for Buffalo, with a grounder up the middle in the 3rd inning. The next batter, Buffalo starter Casey Fossum tried to drop down a sacrifice bunt, but the bunt went up instead of down, and 3B Josh Harrison was able to charge in and catch the tiny pop. Harrison then fired over to first base, where a temporarily confused Chavez had frozen in his tracks several feet away from the bag. Chavez was easily doubled off the bag for the inning- ending double play.
Lincoln allowed a single to lead-off batter LF Jesus Feliciano in the 4th, then struck out the next two batters and ended the inning with a ground out. He worked around an infield hits by 3B Michael Fisher in the 5th and by 1B Valentino Pascucci in the 7th. The 6th was the only inning that Lincoln allowed two Bison hitters to reach base. With one out, he walked Feliciano. SS Luis Hernandez grounded to 2B Chase d'Arnaud for what could have been a double play. D'Arnaud's flip to SS Pedro Ciriaco erased Feliciano at second, but Feliciano's slide made Ciriaco jump out of the way to avoid being taken down, and Ciriaco could not make the throw to first. That didn't seem to bother Lincoln, though, as he got CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to tap back to the mound and tagged Nieuwenhuis out himself to end the inning.