Alex Presley (7) had three hits and scored three times for the Indians tonight.
Indianapolis Indians 10, Buffalo Bison 1
The Indianapolis Indians posted 16 hits and 10 runs as they stampeded the Buffalo Bison at Victory Field tonight. Each position player in the Indians' lineup had at least one hit, and three players had 3 hits each: CF Alex Presley, LF John Bowker, and C Dusty Brown. Bowker contributed 4 RBI, while Brown and RF Andrew Lambo had 2 RBI each. Justin Wilson earned the win with another very strong start, and rehabbing reliever Evan Meek pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
The Indians got right down to business in the bottom of the 1st inning, when five of their first six batters singled. 2B Chase d'Arnaud started with a bouncer right back to the mound. The ball hit the leaping Buffalo starter Josh Stinson's glove and ricocheted 90 degrees to the left, landing over near the third base line. That was all the time the speedy d'Arnaud needed to reach first base safely. D'Arnaud promptly stole second base, and after SS Pedro Ciriaco popped out, d'Arnaud moved up to third base on Presley's (photo) first hit of the night, a single lined into right field. A wild pitch by Stinson got away from his catcher Mike Nickeas and skittered over towards the visitor's dugout, far enough away that d'Arnaud was able to score from third, while Presley advanced to second. Presley scored on Bowker's line drive into center field. 1B Matt Hague and 3B Josh Harrison both singled, loading the bases for Lambo. Lambo grounded sharply to short, for what should have been a double play to end the inning. Buffalo SS Luis Hernandez made the scoop and the toss to former Indy Indian 2B Luis Figueroa, forcing out Harrison at second, but Figueroa's relay to first pulled 1B Valentino Pascucci off the bag. Lambo was safe, so Bowker scored from third. Then, Hague, who had been on second base, rounded third and dashed for the plate, taking advantage of the Bison infielders having to regroup after the poor throw, and also taking advantage of the fact that they were not really paying attention to him. Hague scored easily, giving Lambo 2 RBI on his fielder's choice. Another grounder for a force out at second base ended the inning, with the Indians ahead, 4-0.