But Burres’ luck ran out in the bottom of the 5th. Plouffe led off with a double lined into left field, and LF Brian Dinkleman followed with a infield single, moving Plouffe to third. RF Jeff Bailey’s RBI single brought Plouffe in, tying the score again, 3-3. Another single loaded the bases, and that was all manager Dean Treanor wanted to see from Burres. Burres had thrown 94 pitches (55 strikes), and was responsible for 3 runs on 10 hits and 3 walks, with 4 strikeouts in 4.1 innings. Chris Leroux came on in relief, and ended the 5th with two strikeouts.
The Tribe broke the game open in the top of the 6th. Bowker began the rally with a walk, and Marte was hit by a pitch. Hacker was relieved by Kyle Waldrop, who struck out Hague for the first out of the inning. DH Andrew Lambo grounded to second base, but instead of a double play, the Red Wings only got the force out of Marte at second base, leaving the Indians with runners on the corners. A fielding error at third on a ball off Toregas’ bat let Bowker score from third base. With runners on first and second, CF Gorkys Hernandez singled to bring in Lambo, then d’Arnaud singled, driving in both Toregas and Hernandez. The 4 runs gave the Tribe a 7-3 lead.
Leroux went on to retire the Red Wings in order in the 6th and 7th innings. Rochester opened the 8th with back-to-back singles off Leroux. Those runners scored on an RBI ground out by 2B Toby Gardenhire and an RBI double by Holm, cutting the Indians’ lead to 7-5. Cesar Valdez relieved Leroux, and ended the 8th with a fly out. Presley doubled in the top of the 9th, but was left on base. Then Valdez came back with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 9th, and the Indians had the win. Leroux was credited with his 3rd victory, and Valdez with his 5th Save.
Rochester Red Wings 12, Indianapolis Indians 7 (Game 2)
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The Red Wings turned the tables on the Indians in the evening game, as the two teams combined for 27 hits. The Wings scored in each of the first 4 innings, accounting for 10 of their runs. 3B Matt Hague and CF Gorkys Hernandez each had 3 hits in this game, including a home run by Hague.
Tribe starter Justin Wilson lasted only 2 innings, and was charged with 6 runs (5 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks. After those 2 innings, he had already tallied up 62 pitches, with 31 strikes. The Red Wings began with a solo homer run by Plouffe in the bottom of the 1st. A fielding error by LF Alex Presley put the next runner on base, but Wilson struck out two, ending the inning. The Wings sent 10 batters to the plate in the 2nd inning, as they turned on the power to score 5 runs. A double, a walk, and two RBI singles gave them their first 2 runs. A walk and a ground-rule double by Plouffe added a run, then a walk and a 2-RBI single, along with a throwing error by 3B Matt Hague made it 6-0 for Rochester.
The Indians got onto the scoreboard with 3 runs in the top of the 3rd. CF Gorkys Hernandez and SS Chase d’Arnaud led off with back-to-back singles, which put Hernandez on third base. 2B Brian Friday’s sacrifice fly let Hernandez score. Presley followed with a triple, scoring d’Arnaud, then 1B John Bowker’s RBI ground out brought in Presley. DH Andy Marte singled and Hague doubled, putting two runners into scoring position, but a strikeout ended the inning. The Indians had cut the Red Wings’ lead in half, 6-3.
But the Red Wings were far from done. Michael Dubee took the mound to begin the bottom of the 3rd, and gave up a solo home run to C Steve Holm. In the 4th, Dubee walked two batters, then surrendered a 3-run homer to RF Jeff Bailey, and Rochester had a 10-3 lead.
The Indians got one of those runs back in the top of the 6th, when Hague led off with a solo home run. Jared Hughes pitched 2 scoreless innings for the Indians (5th and 6th), allowing a single and a walk. Sean Gallagher came on next, and was greeted by a double by Martin and a triple by Plouffe, scoring Martin. Another single brought in Plouffe, to push the Red Wings’ lead to 12-4. Gallagher did retire the Wings in order in the 8th.
The Tribe rallied again in the top of the 8th. With one out, Marte walked, and Hague reached base on a fielding error. C Eric Fryer brought both of them across the plate with a triple into right field. RF Miles Durham’s RBI ground out let Fryer score. That gave the Indians 3 more runs, for a 12-7 score. Then the frustration got to be too much in the top of the 9th. Friday walked, and Presley flied out. Lambo grounded to short, and Friday was forced out at second, but his slide took out the Rochester 2B Singleton, leaving Lambo safe at first. Rochester SS Plouffe took exception to Friday’s slide, and he ended up arguing with Indians’ manager Dean Treanor. Rochester manager Tom Nieto did not appreciate another manager yelling at his player, so he and Treanor jawed at each other. Benches cleared, but only words were exchanged. Both managers were ejected — though it took only one more out to end the game.
Indians’ reliever Blaine Boyer was released by the Pirates. Boyer had joined the Indians after the Mets had DFA’ed him in April. He had allowed 8 runs on 13 hits in 6.2 innings (5 games) for the Mets. After joining the Indians, Boyer appeared in 11 games (8 innings) and allowed 14 runs (12 earned) on 14 hits, including 3 homers. He walked 9 and struck out 8. In his last appearance, on May 31st, Boyer had to leave the game after having thrown only a few pitches, due to arm issues.
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