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The throw from first bounced off the runner Ezequiel Carrera and skipped past 2B Pedro Ciriaco.
Indianapolis Indians 7, Columbus Clippers 3
Another rainy day, an another win for the Indians.
The Tribe waited out a 95 minute delay before the game even started, then hung on through a drizzly rainy game, to win their fourth game in a row -- their longest winning streak of the season. They also handed the first-place Columbus Clippers their fourth loss in a row. Justin Thomas earned his second win of the season, and 2B Pedro Ciriaco blasted a huge 3-run homer, while 3B Brian Friday went 3-for-4 at the plate.
Rudy Owens (photo) made the start for the Tribe, but ended up not being involved in the decision. Owens pitched 6 innings and allowed only 2 runs, which came in the top of the 1st and involved a strange play. Clippers' CF Ezequiel Carrera led off with a bunt single, which Owens could not get into his glove. Owens made a pick-off throw to first as Carrera took off for second. 1B Matt Hague relayed the throw to second, but the ball bounced off the sliding Carrera and eluded 2B Ciriaco. The ball skipped into left field, and Carrera advanced to third base, as Ciriaco was charged with a missed catch error. RF Jerad Head tapped back to the mound. Owens scooped up the ball, glared Carrera into staying put on third base, then threw to first for the out. 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was hit on the hip by a pitch to give the Clippers runners on the corners. DH Chad Huffman slipped a grounder past a diving Hague, and Carrera scored from third base. 2B Jason Kipnis followed with a long fly ball to center field for a sacrifice fly, which scored Chisenhall for a 2-0 lead.
The Indians came right back to score one run in the bottom of the 1st off Columbus starter Zach McAllister. With one out, Ciriaco reached base when 3B Chisenhall made the scoop but dropped the ball on the transfer. CF Alex Presley blooped a single into short left field, which fell in between two Columbus fielders. Ciriaco rounded second base and got partway to third, then got hung up as the Columbus LF Josh Rodriguez had the ball and was about to throw it in. Ciriaco got out of his poor base-running when he made a dash for third, and Rodriguez made a poor throw to third base, as Ciriaco slid in safely. Presley moved up to second base on the throw to third. LF John Bowker grounded to short, collecting an RBI as Ciriaco scored from third to cut the Clippers' lead to 2-1.
Two critters on the field appreciated the weather tonight (look above the umpire's head).
Indianapolis Indians 4, Columbus Clippers 2
The Indianapolis Indians won their third game in a row for the first time in the 2011 season as they beat the Clippers at Victory Field tonight. Tonight's win was also the second in a row at home and the second in a row over the Clippers (the first win in the string was against the Durham Bulls in Durham). It was also the third night in a row that the Indians allowed their losing opponent to rally and score in the last inning of the game, making things a little more excited than they ought to be.
The weather was fit only for ducks (!), raining on and off the whole game, with the heaviest rain in the middle innings. The game was not delayed or halted at any point, though.
Garrett Olson (photo) made the start for the Indians. He has been pitching in relief so far this season, and though he made a start in a "bullpen" game for the second game of a double header on April 25th, this was his first start since being officially moved to the starting rotation. The Indians had stated that Olson would be on a pitch count of about 60, but he had thrown only 26 pitches (14 strikes) when he was lifted after 2 innings. No word from the clubhouse as to why he left at that point. Olson struck out the first two batters of the game, then ended the first inning with a fly out (14 pitches). After a pop out to begin the top of the 2nd, Olson walked Columbus RF Jerad Head, but got 2B Jason Kipnis to bounce to first base, where 1B Matt Hague took one step to touch the first base bag for the out on Kipnis, then fired to second base, where SS Chase d'Arnaud tagged out Head for the reverse-force double play.
D'Arnaud got the Indians going with a double down to the left field corner and off the wall to open the bottom of the 1st. 2B Pedro Ciriaco grounded through the hole and into left field for a single, moving d'Arnaud to third base. CF Alex Presley grounded to second base, where Kipnis got the force out on Ciriaco and then threw to first for the double play. D'Arnaud still scored from third on the play, but Presley did not get credit for an RBI. The Indians didn't care about that, though -- they had a 1-0 lead.
Durham Bulls 2, Indianapolis Indians 1
The Indians and the Bulls took it into extra innings at Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham, but it was the Bulls who came out on top. After taking advantage of an Indians' error, Bulls' LF Justin Ruggiano lined a bases-loaded single for the walk-off win.
Rudy Owens (photo) made the start for the Indians, one day later than he would have been regularly scheduled, because he was serving out the end of his suspension from last week. Owens gave up only a single over the first two innings, then found himself needing to work out of big jams in the 3rd and 4th. With one out in the 3rd, Bulls' SS Ray Olmedo reached base when his Indians' counterpart, SS Pedro Ciriaco, dropped his grounder for an error. CF Desmond Jennings walked, and Ruggiano beat out an infield hit on a swinging bunt down the third base line. 3B Josh Harrison was not expecting such a short hit, and by the time he charged in to get it, Ruggiano was already at first base. RF Brandon Guyer stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, and bounced to third, where Harrison made the scoop and instead of trying for an around-the-horn double play, he fired to the plate, and C Dusty Brown made the force out on Olmedo. Owens struck out 3B Felipe Lopez to end the inning without a run scoring.
Owens had to work out of a jam again in the 4th. He walked DH ChrisCarter, then C Robinson Chirinos smacked a grounder to third base, which hit Harrison on the leg and ricocheted all the way behind second base and into short right field. By the time 2B Brian Friday could track it down, Carter had rounded second and alertly advanced to third base. 1B Leslie Anderson followed with a line drive into right field, scoring Carter from third base with the first run of the game. There were still two runners on base and no outs. 2B Omar Luna dropped down a bunt that got too close to the mound -- Owens was able to snatch it up and throw to third base for the force out of the lead runner Chirinos. A single into center field by Olmedo loaded the bases again, but Owens held tight. He got a pop out (infield fly rule) and a fly out to end the inning without any more runs scoring. Bulls 1, Indians 0.
Owens retired the next 6 Bulls in order to finish his evening's work. In 6 innings, Owens threw 90 pitches (55 strikes), and allowed that one run on 5 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts.
Indianapolis Indians 6, Norfolk Tides 2
The Indianapolis Indians earned a split of both the 4-game series and the 8-game season series with the Norfolk Tides, with a win today at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Brad Lincoln (photo) earned his second win of the season, following a win in his last start -- his best two starts of the season. LF Alex Presley provided the big offensive spark, with 3 hits for the second day in a row. The Tribe posted 12 hits, all singles, with each member of the lineup getting at least one hit. DH Andrew Lambo was the other batter with a multi-hit game, recording 2 singles and 2 RBI. In past Mothers' Days and breast cancer awareness days, the Indians had taken advantage of the Magic Pink, using pink bats and jerseys to earn wins. Today, with the Tides wearing the pink jerseys and wielding pink bats, the Indians had to make do with pink on their spikes, particularly Lincoln's entirely pink shoes.
The Indians missed a scoring opportunity in the top of the 1st, when the first three batters reached base safely. SS Chase d'Arnaud walked, 2B Pedro Ciriaco lined a single just past the middle infielders and into center field, and Presley lifted his first hit of the game into center field to load the bases. All three were left right there, though, when 1B Matt Hague and new RF John Bowker both struck out, and C Jason Jaramillo bounced out back to the mound. 3B Brian Friday also singled in the 2nd inning, but was caught stealing second base.
The next time the Indians loaded the bases, they took advantage of the opportunity. In the 3rd, the Tribe sent 8 batters to the plate, and scored 3 runs. D'Arnaud led off with a single, and Ciriaco bunted him to second. Presley (photo) slapped a grounder over the shoulder of Tides' 1B Rhyne Hughe's shoulder and into right field, and d'Arnaud came around from second to score the first run of the game. A fielding error at third put Hague on first and moved Presley to second base, then Jaramillo worked a walk to load the bases with two outs. Lambo came through on a 3-2 pitch, zipping a grounder up the middle, past the swipe of the pitcher's glove, and past the middle infielders through to the outfield. Both Presley and Hague scored, to give the Indians a 3-0 lead. There was a brief scare, when Jaramillo slid into second base then got up favoring his right ankle. Manager Dean Treanor and the training staff checked him out, and Jaramillo was able to walk around a bit and remain in the game.
Lincoln used the pink shoes to keep the Tides from scoring in the first three innings. He gave up a lead-off single to RF Tyler Henson, then after two outs, another single to 3B Josh Bell, putting runners on the corners, but got out of the inning with a strikeout. He also gave up a single to former Indy Indian C Michel Hernandez singled off Lincoln in the 2nd, and walked 2B Ryan Adams in the 3rd, but left them on base too.
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.
Alex Presley was named the Indianapolis Indians' Player of the Month for April, and he was presented a watch by Indians' GM Cal Burleson before the game.
Durham Bulls 6, Indianapolis Indians 1
The Indianapolis Indians struggled again this afternoon, once again giving up runs in the top of the 1st inning, as they to the Durham Bulls at Victory Field. The Tribe batters were held to just 4 hits, and managed only one run. Starter Justin Wilson took the loss, though his work was not the only problem in the game. While there were no errors charged to the Indians, there were mental and physical mistakes which made the difference in the game.
The game began with a grounder to deep short by Bulls' RF Desmond Jennings. Tribe SS Chase d'Arnaud fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw to first (photo) was awkward and off-balance, and the throw bounced in the dirt and got past 1B Matt Hague. CF Justin Ruggiano walked, moving Jennings to second base, then Wilson got a strikeout for the first out of the inning. DH Chris Carter grounded up the middle, with the ball tipping off the glove of d'Arnaud, who had made an unsuccessful dive behind the second base bag. Jennings scored from second base on the hit. 1B Russ Canzler followed with a fly ball into left field. LF Corey Wimberly started coming in, then had to retrace his steps and race back toward the left field wall. The ball sailed over his head and bounced off the wall, allowing Ruggiano to score the second run of the game. One out later, 3B JJ Furmaniak lined a single into left field, and Canzler came in to score. Wilson ended the inning with another strikeout, and the Bulls had a 3-0 lead.
3B Brian Friday and 2B Chase d'Arnaud
Durham Bulls 12, Indianapolis Indians 3
For the second night in a row, the Indianapolis Indians struggled both at the plate and in the field, as they fell to the Durham Bulls in the first game of a 4-game series at Victory Field. The Bulls posted 19 hits for 12 runs, in a game that seemed similar to last night's game against the Norfolk Tides. They scored in all but three innings (same as the Tides last night), and had runners on base in every inning (as did the Tides). In addition, the Bulls put the first runner on base in each of the first five innings, and in seven of nine innings.
Sean Gallagher (photo) made the start tonight, and like yesterday, he had two batters reach base against him in the top of the 1st inning. Gallagher hit the first batter, CF Desmond Jennings, with a pitch. Jennings stole second base on the first pitch to LF Justin Ruggiano. Then Ruggiano lined into left field, and Jennings came around to score. An alert play by Tribe LF Alex Presley had the ball back in to the infield and to second base quickly, and Ruggiano was tagged out at second base by 2B Chase d'Arnaud.
3B Russ Canzler began the 2nd inning with a looping single into right field, but after a pop up, Canzler was erased in a strike-out-throw-out double play. Former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak led off the 3rd inning with a double into the right-center field alley, and after a sacrifice bunt, a sacrifice fly by Jennings brought Furmaniak in to score, giving the Bulls a 2-0 lead.
The Bulls increased their lead to 4-0 in the 4th. DH Chris Carter led off with a solo home run, which saw RF Andrew Lambo trying to climb up the padded right field wall (it never works) in a desperate attempt to grow 12 feet taller. Gallagher walked Canzler after the homer, and two outs later, he hit Furmaniak with a pitch. SS Ray Olmedo gr ounded sharply to first, and the ball dinged off 1B Andy Marte's glove for a single. Canzler was off and running with the pitch, and he came around to score, even though d'Arnaud got to the ball quickly. A ground out to third and an excellent scoop by 3B Brian Friday ended the inning.
Columbus Clippers 6, Indianapolis Indians 4
A big inning by the Clippers and too many missed opportunities by the Indians added up to another loss for the Tribe as the two teams opened a 3-game series at Huntington Park in Columbus, Ohio. Neither starting pitcher made it out of the 4th inning. 3B Josh Harrison (photo) had two hits for the Indians and came around to score twice.
The Indians got started with an unearned run in the top of the 1st. With one out, SS Chase d'Arnaud singled up the middle and LF Alex Presley singled into left field, sending d'Arnaud to third. Presley stole second base, then 1B Matt Hague walked to load the bases. DH Andy Marte grounded to short, where Columbus SS Cord Phelps had the ball pop out of his glove. Everyone was safe on the error and d'Arnaud scored from third. But the inning ended with a strikeout by C Dusty Brown, and all three runners were left on base. Josh Harrison made it a 2-0 lead when he led off the top of the 2nd with a long and high blast into the left field bleachers.
Brian Burres, in his fourth start of the season, zipped through the bottom of the 1st, thanks to a stunning play by Harrison at third. His counterpart at third base, Lonnie Chisenhall, smacked a sharp grounder to third, where Harrison made the scoop, then made a throw across his body on the run, in time to nab Chisenhall at first. Burres gave up a solo home run in the bottom of the 2nd, to RF Travis Buck, followed by a double by Phelps, though Burres was able to work around the double and leave Phelps on base.
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.