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Norfolk Tides 8, Indianapolis Indians 2
Yesterday the Indians blasted 3 home runs in their win over the Tides. Today the Tides returned the favor, with 3 home runs off the Indians' pitchers, accounted for all but one of their 8 runs, to tie the series at 1 game each at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Indians put runners on base in both the 1st and 2nd innings. 2B Chase d'Arnaud opened the game with a line drive single into left field, but he was erased when SS Pedro Ciriaco bounced into a double play. 1B Matt Hague led off the 2nd inning with another liner into left field. He advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and moved to third on C Jason Jaramillo's ground out, but a pair of strikeouts left Hague on third.
3B Brian Friday (photo) began the Indians' third inning in a row with a lead-off single, this time lining into center field. CF Gorkys Hernandez dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Friday to second base. Next up was d'Arnaud, who lifted a long fly ball to center field. The Tides' CF Matt Angle had trouble finding the ball at first, losing it in the hazy lights. D'Arnaud, thinking that Angle was not going to find the ball, put his head down, rounded first, and headed for second. Friday held up part way to third, in case the ball was caught. Angle caught sight of the ball at the last second, raced in and made a desperate lunging catch. As Friday was scrambling back to second base with a head-first dive, d'Arnaud also was diving head-first into second base. D'Arnaud crashed into Friday's upper body, knocking him completely off the bag with a roll. Luckily, the throw back from center field was not right to the second base bag -- and luckily, d'Arnaud did not slide in spikes-first. Friday quickly rolled back to touch the second base bag, and was still safe at second. About then, d'Arnaud figured out that his fly ball had been caught and he was out, and he trotted off the field. Moments later, Friday raced around to score on Ciriaco's RBI single up the third base line. Ciriaco stole second base (his 7th steal of the season), then LF Alex Presley reached base when his grounder slipped under the glove of Tides' 1B Brandon Snyder. The ball shot into right field, and though C John Hester plunked himself down in front of the plate to block Ciriaco, the throw in from RF Blake Davis came in up the third base line. Hester had to go chase after the ball, letting Ciriaco score. The ball ended up in the dugout, for an error on Davis, and Presley was awarded third base on that error. He was left on third, though, when Hague struck out to end the rally.
The Indians won game one of today's double header.
All the rain that was in Central Indiana yesterday moved east today.
The Altoona Curve hosting the Akron Aeros were rained out today. That game will be made up on Saturday May 21st.
The West Virginia Power hosting the Greensboro Grasshoppers were also rained out. No make-up date has been announced yet.
The Bradenton Marauders had a scheduled day off today. They are going to play their next two "home" games against the St. Lucie Mets in Port Charlotte (Charlotte Sports Park), on Wednesday and Thursday, due to roof repairs at McKechnie Field.
Indianapolis Indians 5, Durham Bulls 2
The Indianapolis Indians and the Durham Bulls split today's double-header at Victory Field. The first game began at 11 am, with buses full of school kids present, under dark and dreary skies. As the first game wrapped up, the sun came out, and by the middle of the second game, there were sunny skies and happy clouds.
LF Alex Presley (photo) began the game on a sunny note for the Indians. With two outs in the bottom of the 1st, Presley blasted a solo home run over the right field wall at the 362' mark, into a group of lucky school kids.
Starter Brad Lincoln buzzed through the first two innings, allowing only one hit and striking out 2 batters. With one out in the top of the 3rd, Lincoln ran the count full then walked Bulls' SS Ray Olmedo. CF Desmond Jennings slipped a ground ball through the right side of the infield for a single, moving Olmedo to second base. RF Justin Ruggiano crushed a long ball off the top of the wall in the deepest part of the park, just inches from being a home run. The ball ricocheted off the wall, driving in both Olmedo and Jennings, as Ruggiano slid safely into third base. The Bulls had taken the lead, 2-1.
The Tribe answered right away with 2 runs in the bottom of the frame. 2B Brian Friday led off with a bloop single into short left field. CF Gorkys Hernandez bunted Friday to second base, and DH Corey Wimberly followed by dropping another bloopy hit into the space behind third base, out of the reach of any of the Bulls. Friday scrambled around to score from second base, tying the score. Wimberly promptly stole second base. After a pop out, Presley grounded through the left side of the infield, sending Wimberly around to score. The throw in from left field was not in time to get the speedy Wimberly at the plate, but Bulls' C Robinson Chirinos alertly threw down to first base, where he caught Presley in the middle of nowhere -- too far from first to get back before the throw, and too far from second base to get there either. Presley was out in the run-down (photo), ending the inning.
Toledo Mud Hens 7, Indianapolis Indians 1
The Indianpolis Indians struggled in the cold and the fog tonight at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio, as they lost to the Mud Hens, earning a split of the 4-game series. Starter Rudy Owens (photo) suffered his first loss of the season, after having won his first two starts.
The Mud Hens attacked Owens as soon as they came to the plate in the bottom of the 1st. CF Andy Dirks led off with a grounder to first. Tribe 1B Matt Hague made a diving stop, but he had to wait for Owens to move to first, and by the time Owens got there, Dirks was safe. After a strikeout, LF Timo Perez and 1B Ryan Striekby both singled, and Dirks came in to score. A sacrifice fly by RF Clete Thomas brought in Perez, and the Mud Hens had a 2-0 lead.
Owens put the Mud Hens down in order in the 2nd, and that was the only inning in which he did that. Toledo picked up another run in the 3rd, when Perez singled to the right side of the mound, just out of reach of Owens. Strieby doubled over RF Andrew Lambo's head and off the wall, and by the time Lambo was able to chase down the ricochet, Perez had scored easily. The bottom of the 4th began with a triple by DH Danny Worth. That ball also hit the wall over CF Alex Presley's head, and the throw came back in to the infield, but was cut off by 2B Brian Friday, as Worth slid into third. Owens threw a wild pitch, and Worth scored easily. Owens gave up a double to Perez (his third hit of the game) in the 5th, and walked Strieby, but kept them from scoring. Owens finished up with 5 innings of work, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks, with 7 strikeouts. He threw 87 pitches, of which 59 were strikes.
Toledo Mud Hens 6, Indianapolis Indians 0 (Game 1)
The Indianapolis Indians began this double header on a down note, as they were held to just one hit at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.
Mud Hens' starter Charlie Furbush dominated the Indians' batters through all 7 innings of this game. He struck out 9 Tribe batters and did not walk any. The only hit he allowed was by C Jason Jaramillo to lead off the top of the 3rd inning. Jaramillo did not even reach second base -- he was forced out on a grounder by LF Corey Wimberly. Wimberly was the only other Indian to reach base, when he was safe at first on a fielding error by 3B Danny Worth in the 6th.
The Mud Hens got to Tribe starter Brad Lincoln early in the game. In the bottom of the 1st, lead-off batter CF Andy Dirks began the inning with a double down the left field line. 2B Scott Sizemore was hit by a pitch, and LF Timo Perez moved both along one base with a sacrifice bunt. DH Scott Thorman brought in Dirks with an RBI single, and 1B Ryan Strieby drove in both Sizemore and Thorman with an RBI double into center field.
Lincoln retired the side in order in the 2nd inning, but the Mud Hens came back at him in the 3rd. The inning began with back-to-back singles by Sizemore and Perez. Lincoln struck out the next two batters, but both base runners stole the next base on the second strikeout. RF Clete Thomas drove both in with a single up the middle. Lincoln and the Indians had a bit of better luck, when Jaramillo threw out Thomas as he tried to steal second base, ending the inning. Toledo picked up one more run in the 4th, with singles by 3B Danny Worth and C Max St. Pierre, then a sacrifice fly by Dirks.
Lincoln also retired the side in the 5th, and that was all for him for the night. He had allowed the 6 runs on 8 hits, no walks, and 5 strikeouts. He threw 86 pitches, with 60 strikes. Cesar Valdez relieved Lincoln to begin the 6th inning. He gave up a single to former Indy Indian SS Argenis Diaz in the 6th, but left him on base.
Indians Hitting Gem of the Game: Well, there was only one hit to choose from -- Jason Jaramillo's (photo) single in the third inning.
Indians' Defensive Gem of the Game: In the bottom of the 5th, Corey Wimberly made a diving catch of a line drive in left-center field, off the bat of Scott Thorman. Both Wimberly and Alex Presley, who was in center field tonight, raced for the ball, but Wimberly cut in front of Presley and made the catch.
Both the Curve and the Power played early games today....
Altoona Curve 3, Harrisburg Senators 2
A fielding error by the Senators in the bottom of the 7th gave the Curve the win, and a split of this rain-shortened series with Harrisburg. Jeff Locke got the start for the Curve, and he buzzed through his first 6 innings. A runner who reached base on SS Jordy Mercer's throwing error in the 1st was promptly picked off and caught stealing, and a runner who singled in the 2nd was erased with a double play. A hit batter in the 5th was left stranded.
The Curve also were quiet for most of the first 5 innings. 1B Miles Durham walked to lead off the 2nd, but was also eliminated in a double play. Their only threat was when three walks, to Locke, 2B Brock Holt, and CF Starling Marte, loaded the bases for the Curve in the 3rd. But a pop out ended the inning with all three left on base.
The Curve got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the 6th. Holt led off the inning with a double into right field on a ball that was deflected off the Harrisburg pitcher Erik Davis. Holt moved to third base on a ground out by Marte. Then Mercer blasted a home run over the left field wall to give the Curve a 2-0 lead. The Curve loaded the bases after the homer, on singles by Durham and LF Quincy Latimore, then another single by 3B Jeremy Farrell off a new relief pitcher who is familiar: Jimmy Barthmaier. With the bases loaded, Barthmaier struck out C Eric Fryer, then ended the inning with a ground out by RF Brad Chalk.
The Senators returned the favor in the top of the 7th. Locke got one out, then gave up a double and a single, putting runners on the corners. He was relieved by Tom Boleska, who began by throwing a wild pitch, which allowed the runner from third to come across the plate. A single again gave Harrisburg runners on the corners, and a sacrifice fly brought in the tying run -- both runs charged to Locke.
With two outs in the bottom of the 7th, Marte singled into left field. He stole second base, then came around to score when Harrisburg's right fielder Archie Gilbert made a fielding error on Mercer's fly ball. The Curve held on to that narrow lead for the next two innings. Michael Dubee retired the side in order with three grounders in the top of the 8th. Noah Krol gave up a single in the 9th, but got three more ground outs, earning his 4th Save of the season.