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Brian Burress pitched 7 shutout innings and struck out 8 in today's start.
Louisville Bats 6, Indianapolis Indians 4
A two-run home run by Bats' RF Brian Barton in the bottom of the 13th gave the Bats the win over the Indians, on a long sunny afternoon in Louisville today. Tony Watson had come on in relief to begin the 13th, and after two quick outs, he was one out away from ending the game, when he gave up a single to 2B Kris Negron. That was followed by the long blast over the left-center field wall.
Brian Burres made the start for the Indians, facing off against the Cincinnati Reds' Homer Bailey, who was making a rehab start. It was a pitching duel, and though Burres looked better than Bailey, neither one of them allowed a run. Burres gave up two singles to open the bottom of the 1st, then struck out the next three batters to get out of the inning. He gave up a single in the 2nd, but struck out two of the other three batters he faced. Then Burres struck out the Bats in order for the next 4 innings -- 14 consecutive batters retired. With one out in the 7th, Burres gave up the Bats' 4th hit, then set down two more to finish his afternoon's work. Burres struck out 8 batters and did not walk any. He threw 81 pitches, with 56 strikes.
Homer Bailey (photo) allowed only 2 hits in his 5 innings, with 2 strikeouts. He buzzed through the first inning, then with one out in the 2nd, Bailey gave up a double into left field to RF Andrew Lambo. 3B Josh Harrison grounded to third, but a throwing error put him safely on first. C Dusty Brown's fly out let both runners advance. 2B Brian Friday worked a full count, then took a walk, but with the bases loaded, Burres bounced to third, where 3B Todd Frazier took just a couple steps to force out Harrison and end the threat.
Indianapolis Indians 7, Louisville Bats 1
It might have been the black jerseys, or the fact that Rudy Owens was making the start, or even that they just needed a change of scenery -- but whatever it was, it worked for the Tribe. They beat the Louisville Bats, for just their second win of the season, at Louisville Slugger Park in Louisville, Kentucky. The Indians' only other win came back on Monday -- also with Rudy Owens (photo) pitching, and also the only game before today in which they wore their black alternate jersey tops.
Owens faced off against Johnny Cueto, who is with the Bats on a rehab assignment from the Cincinnati Reds. Cueto, who was tagged for the loss, lasted into the 4th inning, and gave up the first two Indians' runs on 2 hits and 2 walks. He also struck out 4 Tribe batters.
The Tribe made Cueto work in each inning he pitched, with at least one runner on base in every inning. LF Alex Presley singled up the middle in the 1st, and 3B Josh Harrison walked and stole second base in the 2nd. The Indians put runners on the corners in the 3rd inning. With two outs, CF Gorkys Hernandez reached base when he grounded to short and Bats' SS Zack Cozart's throw to first base pulled 1B Danny Dorn off the bag (Hernandez was credited with an infield single). Hernandez promptly stole second base, and when he did, Bats' C Devin Mesoraco's off-target throw skittered into right field. Hernandez advanced to third base when Cueto threw a wild pitch on strike three to SS Pedro Ciriaco, giving the Indians runners on the corners. Cueto bore down and struck out Presley to end the inning, but the Tribe had not made it easy.
The Tribe struck again in the 4th inning. With one out, RF Andrew Lambo bounced a double off the concrete part of the center field wall for a double. Harrison grounded to short, where Cozart made his second throwing error of the game, again giving the Indians runners on the corners. Harrison stole second base, and Cueto walked C Wyatt Toregas to load the bases. That was the end of Cueto's afternoon. He was relieved by Jeremy Horst. 2B Brian Friday (photo) greeted Horst with a single through the hole into left field, which drove in Lambo and Harrison. Horst struck out the next two batters to end the inning, but the Indians had the early lead for the first time all season. Both runs were charged to Cueto, though Lambo's run was earned and Harrison's was not.
At the same time, Rudy Owens was busy mowing down the Louisville batters. He did not allow a hit until the 6th inning, and then when LF Yonder Alonso did line a single into center field, Owens erased him with a double play. Owens had to deal with some base runners in the early innings -- a walk and a hit batter in the 2nd, another hit batter in the 4th, a walk and a 2-error play in the 5th. In that play, with 2B Chris Valaika on first base (walk), Horst grounded to third base, where Harrison scooped up the ball. Harrison's throw to second base was high, so Valaika was safe at second when Brian had to leap to make the catch. Friday made an off-balance relay throw on to first base, and the ball sailed into the dugout, which let Horst advance to second base. But Owens maintained his composure, and he calmly got a pop out and a ground out to end the inning and leave both runners standing in scoring position.
Andrew Lambo and Corey Wimberly just "hanging out" in the dugout
Louisville Bats 5, Indianapolis Indians 2
Three home runs by the Bats, including two in one inning, put the Bats on top of the Indians tonight at Victory Field. Starter Justin Wilson (photo) gave up the three homers, accounting for 4 of Louisville's runs, and he was charged with his first loss of the season.
Chris Reineke made the start for Louisville, and he and Wilson seemed intent on matching one another for the first 5 innings of the game. Both Reineke and Wilson retired the side in the 1st inning. Both gave up a walk (to C Devin Mesoraco and 3B Josh Harrison) and a hit (single to 2B Chris Valaika and double to 1B Andy Marte) in the 2nd inning. Both retired the side in order in the 3rd and 4th innings.
Both Reineke and Wilson gave up one run in the 5th inning. Wilson retired the first two Bats' batters of the inning, giving him a streak of 10 batters retired in order. Then CF Kris Negron lifted a home run over the left-center field wall, to give the Bats a 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Reineke gave up a lead-off single when Harrison beat out a surprise bunt. 2B Pedro Ciriaco grounded deep to short, forcing Harrison out at second, but SS Zack Cozart was not able to make a throw to first, and Ciriaco was on with a fielder's choice. After a fly out, Justin Wilson came to the plate. Instead of being an easy out, Wilson worked a full count, then fouled off three more pitches. Then he blasted a ball off the left field scoreboard for an RBI double. Ciriaco scored from first, and the score was tied at 1-1.
Dusty Brown is congratulated after his home run
Louisville Bats 10, Indianapolis Indians 4
The Louisville Bats started their onslaught with 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning, and never looked back at Victory Field tonight. The Indians out-hit the Bats 12-11, but the Tribe left 10 of their runners on base, while the Bats left only 6. One high point for the Tribe was that RF Andrew Lambo and 1B Andy Marte, both of whom had been struggling at the plate, both hit well tonight -- Marte singled twice and drove in a run, while Lambo singled twice, doubled, and brought in a run.
With Sean Gallagher (photo, with C Dusty Brown) on the mound, things got crazy right away in the top of the 1st. CF Dave Sappelt lined a double into left field to lead off. Gallagher got a strikeout and a grounder to first, which moved Sappelt to third. Then he walked 3B Todd Frazier and hit RF Jeremy Hermida with a pitch to load the bases. C Devin Mesoraco singled into right field, bringing in both Sappelt from third and Frazier from second. When Lambo threw the ball in from right field to the plate, it came in up the line, and C Dusty Brown had no chance of tagging Frazier. Instead he tried throwing to second base, in hopes of catching Mesoraco, who was trying to advance on the throw. But Brown's throw bounced in the dirt and away from SS Chase d'Arnaud for a throwing error, and that let Hermida score too. Mesoraco remained on second base, but only for a few minutes, because 1B Danny Dorn smacked a 2-run homer over the right field wall, giving the Bats a 5-0 lead.
The Indians answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning. Corey Wimberly, who had center field duties tonight, was hit by a pitch on the right foot to begin the frame. He was forced out at second when d'Arnaud grounded to third, though there was not time for a double play. LF Alex Presley kept right on hitting, with a grounder up the middle for a single, and the Indians had runners on the corners. Matt Hague, playing third tonight, lifted a fly into left center, but it was caught with a very nice effort by Bats' LF Yonder Alonso. Andy Marte slipped a single up the middle just past the diving Bats' shortstop, driving in d'Arnaud from third base. Andrew Lambo lined a single into left center also, bringing in Presley. SS Pedro Ciriaco struck out to end the inning, but the Indians had made a dent in the Bats' lead.
Andy Marte is congratulated on his home run in the 5th
Columbus Clippers 7, Indianapolis Indians 5
A pair of home runs and 11 hits were not enough for the Indians to overcome the Clippers and escape the sweep at Victory Field on Sunday afternoon. Like in the three previous games, the Indians had a runner on base in the bottom of the 9th, but could not keep the inning going long enough to bring him in.
With the scheduled starter, Daniel McCutchen, called up to the Pirates, Brad Lincoln (photo) made the start for the Tribe. Lincoln has been on the Pirates' 15-day Disabled List due to a forearm bruise, which happened when he was hit by a come-backer in a game at the end of spring training. Lincoln was originally due to start for the Bradenton Marauders today, but the roster shuffling saw Lincoln traveling to Indiana instead. Before the game, manager Dean Treanor said that he was hoping to see at least 4 innings from Lincoln, who had not really had enough time to get completely stretched out in his shortened spring training.
Lincoln looked great on the mound, and even looked like he may have lost some weight since he was here last year. He buzzed through the first three innings, allowing only a double to the Clippers' 9-hole hitter RF Bubba Bell in the 3rd. Eight of the first nine outs were groundouts, with Lincoln also getting one strikeout. Clippers' 2B Cord Phelps led off the top of the 4th with a solo homer to straight away center field, which landed in the ground cover in front of the pine trees. Lincoln hit the next batter, 3B Lonnie Chisenhall, with a pitch, but C Dusty Brown cut Chisenhall down as he tried to steal second base. Two more quick outs finished the 4th inning.
Lincoln did come back out to begin the 5th. He got SS Luis Valbuena to line out right to 2B Pedro Ciriaco (photo)for the first out. (Ciriaco just had to stick out his glove, and didn't even take a step.) Then he hit LF Jared Head with a pitch, and got a fly out. That was all for Lincoln for the day. He had thrown 72 pitches (42 strikes), a very reasonable count for where he is in his "spring". Lincoln was responsible for 2 runs on 2 hits, with 2 strikeouts in 4.2 innings.
Cesar Valdez came in from the bullpen to relieve Lincoln, but he struggled in his 0.2 innings. With two outs and a runner on first when he entered the game, Valdez gave up an RBI double to Bell (Bell's second hit of the game). That scored the runner from first, and Bell advanced to third on the throw. CF Ezequiel Carrera walked on a full count, then Phelps blasted his second home run in two innings, this one sailing so high over the right field wall, that RF Andrew Lambo merely turned in his tracks and watched it go. That gave the Clippers 4 runs in the inning, one charged to Lincoln and three to Valdez, for a 5-0 lead. Chisenhall reached base next, on a grounder to first that popped out of 1B Matt Hague's glove and over his shoulder for an error. It turned out to not matter, as Valdez finally got a strikeout to end the inning.
Pitching coach Tom Filer, catcher Wyatt Toregas, and pitcher Justin Wilson
Columbus Clippers 8, Indianapolis Indians 7
For the third night in a row, the Indians were down by one run in the bottom of the last inning with at least one runner on base -- and couldn't capitalize. In addition, it was Pedro Ciriaco who was the last man to bat in each game. That's not to place the blame for the losses on Ciriaco -- other players had also had opportunities to drive in runs and were not able too. It's just an odd coincidence that Ciriaco ended the three games with a grounder into a double play, a ground out, and tonight a pop out.
Like in the first two games, the Clippers were first onto the scoreboard. Indians' starter Justin Wilson (photo) retired the first 8 batters he faced, including 5 strikeouts, with 4 of those in a row. He struck out the side in the 2nd inning, then struck out the first batter of the 3rd inning. Like the first two games, this game featured a diving catch of a low line drive by the Indians' shortstop. In the first two games, that shortstop was Ciriaco; tonight it was Chase d'Arnaud, who recorded the second out in the 3rd inning. The Clipper's ninth batter, RF Jerad Head, then rocketed Wilson's 2-1 pitch over the wall in right-center field for a solo homer. Wilson then walked the next batter, CF Ezequiel Carrera, who promptly stole second base on the first pitch to the SS Cord Phelps. Phelps slipped a grounder up the middle, just out of reach of d'Arnaud, and Carrera came around to score from second. A walk to 3B Lonnie Chisenhall prompted a visit by pitching coach Tom Filer (photo above). After catching his breath, Wilson got a fly out to end the inning.
Wilson also had to work around base runners in the 4th inning. After another strikeout, Wilson gave up an infield single to 1B Jordan Brown. Brown grounded back to the mound, and the ball tipped off Wilson's glove and over towards short. SS d'Arnaud had to change his direction, but he got to the ball and made a rushed throw to first. The throw pulled 1B Matt Hague off base, though it appeared that Brown might have beat the ball to the bag anyway. DH Wes Hodges also tapped back to the mound, where Wilson whirled and threw to second, forcing out Brown. But 2B Brian Friday's throw on to first went wide, and Hodges was safe. C Paul Phillip walked, but then Head grounded to short, and the inning ended on the force out at second base.
Columbus Clippers 3, Indianapolis Indians 2
For the second night in a row, a late-inning rally by the Indians fell through, as the Tribe lost to the Clippers at Victory Field tonight.
This time, the Indians went into the bottom of the 9th trailing the Clippers by one run, and Jensen Lewis on the mound for Columbus. 1B Matt Hague (photo) began the action by taking Lewis' first pitch on a line into left field for a single. 3B Brian Friday followed with another line drive into left field. Clippers' LF Jordan Brown had the ball back to the infield quickly, so Hague was able to advance only to second base. Hague was replaced by pinch-runner Josh Harrison. CF Corey Wimberly dropped down a nearly perfect sacrifice bunt, moving both base runners into scoring position. Pinch-hitter Andrew Lambo came to the plate in place of C Dusty Brown, and was intentionally walked to load the bases. But Lewis bore down and struck out LF Gorkys Hernandez, then got SS Pedro Ciriaco to ground out to third base, ending the game with all three runners still in place.
The Tribe had been able to put at least one runner on base in all but one of Columbus starter Jeanmar Gomez's six innings. Gomez retired the side in order in the 1st. Hague picked up the first of his three singles in the 2nd inning, with a liner into center field. Friday walked, but the two were left on base when a pop out ended the inning. Brown and Hernandez opened the 3rd inning with back-to-back singles, but when Ciriaco tried to put down a sacrifice bunt, the ball landed too close to the plate. Former Indy Indian and now the Columbus catcher Luke Carlin pounced on the ball and fired to third base, forcing out Brown. RF Alex Presley popped up for the second out, but the Indians still had a chance, with runners on first and second. But Hernandez must have been daydreaming as he led off second base, and Gomez was able to catch him standing well off the base, and a quick run-down (1-4-5) had Hernandez picked off.
2B Chase d'Arnaud (photo) walked with one out in the 4th inning, stole second, and kept going to third when Carlin's wide throw to second skittered into right-center field. He was left standing just 90 feet from scoring when a pop up and a ground out ended the inning. Wimberly led off the 5th with a little bloop that fell in amid three Clippers' fielders. Wimberly raced to first, but he hesitated ever so slightly as he rounded the bag, and despite his speed, he was not able to beat the throw to second base when SS Cord Phelps picked up the ball in short left field.
The Tribe finally got to Jeanmar Gomez in the 6th inning. With one out, Presley beat out a infield single on a ball to deep short, and he stole second base. After a fly out, d'Arnaud crushed a line drive to the wall in right field for a triple. Presley scored easily with the first Indians' run. Hague followed with a shorter liner into right field, and d'Arnaud came home, as Gomez headed for the showers. Former Indy Indian (2010) Joe Martinez came on in relief, and ended the 6th with a strikeout. Martinez went on to retire the Tribe in order in the 7th.
Yankees 4, Pirates 2
Reliever Mike Crotta, who had not given up a run up 'til today, surrendered his first spring training run this afternoon in Tampa. Crotta came on to pitch the final inning, with the Yankees already ahead 3-2. He gave up a single, a sacrifice bunt, and another single, for the Yankees' final run of the game. Crotta is still in the running for a bullpen spot with the Pirates.
The Yankees got onto the scoreboard first, with a 2-run homer by Alex Rodriguez in the bottom of the 1st inning off starter Kevin Correia. Correia sailed through the next two innings, then gave up another run in the 4th on a walk and two singles. He gave up only one more hit in the next two innings, finishing his afternoon with 6 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 5 strikeouts. Jose Veras pitched a scoreless 7th inning.
The Pirates scored one run in the 2nd inning, when 3B Pedro Alvarez led off with a walk and C Jason Jaramillo doubled him in. LF Jose Tabata smacked a triple in the 5th inning, and scored on 2B Neil Walker's sacrifice fly, for the Pirates' second run. The Pirates posted 10 hits in the game, but did not score again -- 8 runners were left on base. Manager Clint Hurdle indicated that today's lineup is what he expects to be his regular starting lineup, and today most of those position players were in for the entire game. SS Ronny Cedeno came out of the game in a double-switch in the bottom of the 8th, and Josh Rodriguez entered the game. Rodriguez lined a single in the top of the 9th, but was left on base.
The Pirates have two more games in Florida (at McKechnie Field against the Rays on Sunday, and in Ft. Myers against the Twins on Monday. Then they will play two games in Philadelphia on Tuesday and Wednesday, before heading to Chicago to begin the regular season next Friday.
The Pirates reassigned four more players to minor league camp this morning: P Brian Burres, C Dusty Brown, INF Andy Marte, and INF Corey Wimberly. Moving Marte to minor league camp is encouraging for Steve Pearce, who is now nearly assured a bench spot on the major league team.
S/W-B Yankees 6, Indy Indians 5
The Indians faced New York Yankees' pitcher CC Sabathia this afternoon in a AAA spring training game against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees in Tampa this afternoon. They hit 5 singles off Sabathia in three innings, but could not bring any of those base runners around to score. James McDonald came from the Pirates' big league camp to make a start for the Indians. He gave up one run on 4 hits in his 3 innings. The Indians scored a run in the 6th inning on Alex Presley's sacrifice fly. Josh Fields, who went 2-for-3 in the game, doubled in a run in the 7th, then Jim Negrych followed with a 2-run homer. The Indians were leading 5-2 going into the bottom of the 8th. The Yankees tied the score in the bottom of the frame with 3 runs on a pair of doubles. Then in the bottom of the 9th, the Yankees scored with a 2-out single to take the win.
Sketchy reports from two other games:
On Thursday, the Indians lost to the Las Vegas 51's by a score of 5-3, despite home runs by Chase d'Arnaud and Alex Presley.
On Friday, the Indians and the S/W-B Yankees played to a 1-1 tie. Rudy Owens pitched 4 innings for the Indians, and struck out 6 batters.
Rays 9, Pirates 5
The Pirates out-hit the Rays 10-9 this afternoon in Port Charlotte, Florida, but the Rays made the most of their opportunities and took the win. The Pirates got busy in the top of the 1st, when Pedro Ciriaco, in center field again, opened the game with a single, then stole base. He moved to third on a fly out, then scored on C Ryan Doumit's double into right field. RF Matt Diaz started the top of the 2nd with a single, and advanced to third base on a throwing error. He scored on a wild pitch. 1B Andy Marte doubled, was bunted over to third base, and scored on starting pitcher Charlie Morton's soft looper single into left field, giving the Pirates a 3-0 lead.
The lead did not last long. Morton got out of the first inning with a double play, but began the bottom of the 2nd by loading the bases on a double, a bunt, and a hi batter. A 2-RBI double and a sacrifice fly brought in 3 runs for the Rays to tie the game. The Pirates took the lead again in the 4th. Marte led off with a single into right field, and 2B Corey Wimberly reached on a fielding error. Morton bunted them up one base each, then both scored on SS Josh Rodriguez's line drive single into right.
Morton sailed through the bottom half of the 3rd and 4th innings, but loaded the bases again in the 5th, on a walk and two singles. Then he got wild and forced in one run with a hit batter, and a second run with a walk, and the game was again tied, at 5-5. Morton got out of the inning with two fly outs, and a force out at the plate on a little dribbler that did not leave the home plate area.
Joel Hanrahan took over on the mound for the 6th inning. He retired the first two batters he faced, then walked the next two. A wild pitch moved the two runners up to second and third base, then an RBI single brought in both runners, giving the Rays a 7-5 lead. Jose Veras pitched a perfect 7th inning, with one strikeout. The Rays scored 2 more runs off Chris Resop in the 8th inning. A double, and a bunt back to the mound that turned into a single, put two runners on base. A sacrifice fly drove in one run, and a triple plated the second.
2B Gift Ngoepe led off the top of the 9th with a walk, then SS Jordy Mercer singled through to left field, but both were left on base. LF Evan Chambers, 3B Andy Vasquez, RF Robby Grossman, and 1B Matt Hague also got into the game.
The Indy Indians were scheduled to play the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees this afternoon in Bradenton. No word as yet -- results from the minor league camp can be hit or miss.
The Pirates pared down their camp roster by four more this morning. Pitcher Daniel McCutchen was optioned to AAA Indianapolis, where he could either be a starter or pitch in long relief. Relievers Tyler Yates and Sean Gallagher were also reassigned to minor league camp, and are both expected to go to the Indy Indians' bullpen. C Wyatt Toregas and INF Josh Fields were also reassigned to minor league camp.
Pitcher Fernando Nieve, who was reassigned to the minor league camp on Monday and released on Tuesday, was not unemployed for long. On Thursday, he signed a minor league contract with the Astros.
Iron Pigs 6, Indians 5
The Indianapolis Indians ended their 4-game spring training winning streak with a loss today to the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Pirates' Ronny Cedeno came to minor league camp to DH in the game and posted 3 hits for the Tribe. OF Andrew Lambo singled and tripled for the Indians, and his triple in the 4th inning brought in one run. The score was tied at 4-4 going into the top of the 9th, with reliever Tom Boleska on the mound for the Indians. He gave up 3 hits, including an RBI single by former Pirate Brandon Moss, plus a sacrifice fly, to give the Iron Pigs a 6-4 lead. The Indians got within one run when INF Jim Negrych got on and was brought across the plate by INF Josh Harrison's RBI single. Lambo's single loaded the bases with one out. But a double play ended the inning and the game with the Indians unable to catch up.
Twins 4, Pirates 1
Newest Pirate LHP Garrett Olson made his debut with his new team this afternoon, as the Pirates lost to the Twins in Bradenton. Olson came on in relief to pitch the 8th inning, and retired the side in order with a pop out, a fly out, and a ground out.
Paul Maholm made the start for the Pirates. He pitched 6 innings and gave up 9 hits and 2 walks, but allowed only 2 runs. With two outs in the 3rd, Maholm gave up a single, then made a throwing error on a pick-off attempt, which put the runner into scoring position. A single by C Joe Mauer brought in the run. The second run scored in the 5th, when a double, a single, and a walk loaded the bases. A grounder to short started a double play, but the runner from third still scored.
Jose Veras pitched a scoreless 7th inning for the Indians, allowing just a double. Anthony Claggett took the 9th, and he gave up the remaining two Twins' runs. A walk and a single put runners on the corners, then a ground out plated the first run. A fielding error by SS Pedro Ciriaco allowed the runner from second base to come around and score.
The Pirates' only run scored in the 2nd inning, and was unearned. A fielding error on a force attempt gave the Pirates runners on first and second. C Jason Jaramillo lined a single into center field for the RBI, as RF Matt Diaz scored from second base.
The Pirates had just 6 hits in the game, including one by LF Steve Pearce. That gives Pearce 9 hits over his last 9 games (9-for-19, .474), and a .308 average overall. LF John Bowker and C Dusty Brown also singled. CF Corey Wimberly, 2B Shelby Ford, 1B Josh Fields, pinch-hitter Starling Marte, and 3B Andy Marte all got into the game.
The Pirates have a day off on Tuesday.