Andy Marte (right) celebrates with Rudy Owens and Dusty Brown after his 2-run homer.
Indianapolis Indians 3, Buffalo Bison 2
For the third year in a row, the Indianapolis Indians found that the pink breast cancer awareness jerseys brought them luck. They beat the Buffalo Bison at Victory Field tonight, to win the 4-game series 3 games to 1. Rudy Owens pitched 7 innings, allowing only one run on 7 hits for his third win of the season. Former Pirate DJ Carrasco took the loss for the Bison.
This was Owens' (photo) first win in 5 weeks, and only the second game in which he pitched 7 innings (the other was on April 11th). He did not walk any batters. He had two strikeouts -- both on Carrasco, who also struck out Owens twice.
Owens took advantage of three double plays in the first four innings. His first two innings were twins. The southpaw gave up a single (to 3B Luis Figueroa in the 1st and to 1B Valentino Pascucci in the 2nd), then got an out (pop up and fly out), then erased the base runner and ended the inning with a double play. In the 1st, CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis bounced into a standard 4-6-3 (2B Josh Harrison to SS Chase d'Arnaud to 1B Matt Hague) double play. In the 2nd, LF Jesus Feliciano grounded to first, where Hague stepped on first, then threw to second base where d'Arnaud tagged out Feliciano for the reverse force double play.
Owens retired the Bison in order in the 3rd, but got into some trouble in the 4th. Former Indy Indian Luis Figueroa zapped a grounder just inside the third base line and down into the left field corner, where LF John Bowker had to chase it down, as Figueroa raced to third base with a triple. 2B Michael Fisher lined a single up the middle, scoring Figueroa. Then Owens returned to the first/second- inning form. He got Nieuwenhuis to fly out, and got Pascucci to ground into an around the horn double play, started by 3B Andy Marte.