Butler University's Blue II chases down the first pitch.
Indianapolis Indians 2, Syracuse Chiefs 2 (suspended)
A storm moving through Central Indiana tonight forced the suspension of the Indians/Chiefs game at Victory Field, with the score tied at 2-2 in the 7th inning. The game began under sunny skies with a game-time temperature of 92 degrees (though my car thermometer was reading 100 degrees at about 4 pm). But in the 4th inning, the wind suddenly changed from blowing out to right-center field to blowing straight in from left field (from the north). Dark clouds hovered over downtown Indianapolis, and lightning was visible in the distance to the north. The skies got darker and darker, and the wind blew more and more, until the rain began in the 6th inning. It was just a light rain at first, but by the top of the 7th, large drops were falling and coming down heavily, and the game was suspended, to be finished on Sunday afternoon.
Sean Gallagher (photo, making a throw to first base) made the start for the Indians, and had a shaky 1st inning. Chiefs' LF Gregor Blanco led off with a soft liner into left field for a single, and he advanced to second base when Gallagher balked on a throw to first base. CF Corey Brown worked the count full then walked. 1B Chris Marrero lined another single into left field, allowing Blanco to score from second base, giving Syracuse a 1-0 lead. Gallagher retired the next three batters in order, with two strikeouts, leaving two Syracuse runners on base.
Gallagher went on to retire the side in the 2nd inning. He gave up a one-out single through the right side of the infield to Brown in the 3rd. A grounder by Marrero looked like it could be an inning-ending double play, and 2B Brian Friday flipped to SS Chase d'Arnaud for the force out on Brown, but d'Arnaud's throw on to first bounced in the dirt and got past 1B Matt Hague. C Eric Fryer was right where he was supposed to be, backing up first base, so the ball did not get far enough away for Marrero to advance past first base. Gallagher struck out 2B Tug Hulett for the second time to end the inning.