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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.
Manager Dean Treanor stands with Dusty Brown, one of only two Indians' runners to reach as far as third base.
Louisville Bats 3, Indianapolis Indians 0
Louisville starter and former major league pitcher Dontrelle Willis (photo) held the Indians to 6 scoreless innings, and his relievers did the same for the remaining 3 innings, as the Indians lost to the Bats at Victory Field tonight.
Willis allowed 5 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 6 batters in his 6 innings of work. The Indians had only two base runners reach as far as third base. In the 2nd inning, C Dusty Brown worked a walk with two outs. He advanced to third base on RF Gorkys Hernandez's line drive single down the right field line. Brown got no further, as Willis struck out both 2B Brian Friday and starting pitcher Brad Lincoln to end the inning.
Willis gave up back-to-back singles in the 4th inning, but the Indians could not capitalize on that either. 1B Matt Hague slapped a grounder that took a goofy hop on the mound. Willis stabbed at the ball, but he stumbled, then took a tumble (but came up laughing), and Hague was safe at first. Moments later, Bats' catcher Corky Miller picked Hague off first base, and threw him out trying to reach second base. 3B Josh Harrison also lined a single into right field, then stole both second and third bases. Two strikeouts left him standing there too.
Joe Beimel pitched one quick inning
Toledo Mud Hens 4, Indianapolis Indians 2
It was a beautiful afternoon at Victory Field, with sunny skies and a little wind, but not a happy afternoon for the Indianapolis Indians, who lost the second game of a short 2-game series to the Toledo Mud Hens. Even with the wind blowing in for most of the game, two Mud Hens and one Indian were able to blast home runs, and those accounted for half of each team's runs.
Brian Burres (photo) got the start for the Indians. He gave up just two hits over his first 5 innings -- but both of those were solo home runs. The first homer came off the bat of LF Scott Thorman with one out in the top of the 2nd inning, sailing over the right field wall. RF Andrew Lambo made a leap -- but he would have had to have been another 6 feet taller to have had any chance. Burres hit SS Cale Iorg with a pitch (right foot) after the homer, then retired the next 9 batters he faced. With one out in the 5th, CF Clete Thomas also homered over the right field wall.
The Indians had managed just 3 hits off Toledo starter Andy Oliver by the end of the 5th inning. LF Alex Presley slipped a single through the hole into right field in the top of the 1st, but was left on base. 2B Pedro Ciriaco walked on 4 pitches and stole second base in the 3rd, but he was not careful taking his lead off second base and was caught too far away from the base. A brief rundown, 1-5-4-1, and he was out.
SS Chase d'Arnaud (photo below) led off the 4th inning with a low liner down the right field line. The ball bounced under the bench in the Mud Hens' bullpen, and RF Andy Dirks just looked at the bench and lifted his arms into the air. Sorry, Dirks, this isn't the Wrigley Field ivy -- the bullpen benches in Victory Field are in play, and you don't get to just bail out like that. He realized his mistake after a couple of seconds, and dove under the bench for the ball, but by then d'Arnaud had rounded second and was heading into third base. Unfortunately, the Indians could not take advantage of the man on third and no outs. Oliver struck out both Presley and DH Andy Marte, then got 1B Matt Hague to ground out, leaving d'Arnaud still on third.
3B Josh Harrison had the only home run for the Indians. With one out in the bottom of the 5th, he blasted another long fly ball to the left field wall -- just a little to the left and two feet further than his bomb last night, which ended up bouncing on the narrow top of the scoreboard. This one definitely went over the wall, onto the grass, and into the hands of some of the students who were sitting on the berm.
The only other Indians' batter to reach base against Oliver was CF Gorkys Hernandez, who got on when his grounder to second skipped up and off the glove of 2B Scott Sizemore. Hernandez stole second base, but a short fly out and two strikeouts left him stranded. Oliver struck out a total of 8 Indians' hitters in his 6 innings of work. He allowed one walk along with those 3 hits, and he threw 101 pitches (65 strikes).
Indianapolis Indians 5, Toledo Mud Hens 1
The new Max Schumacher Victory Bell finally rang out a win for the Indianapolis Indians tonight, as they beat the Toledo Mud Hens at Victory Field. The Bell (and Mr. Schumacher, who had the honor of ringing it for the first time) had to wait through the Indians' 4-game series against the Columbus Clippers for the chance to ring, but the losing streak ended tonight, behind the stellar pitching by starter Rudy Owens and an exciting 6th inning.
Owens (photo) made his AAA debut tonight and earned the win with 7 innings of work, allowing one run on 7 hits, no walks, and with 5 strikeouts. He gave up one hit in 5 of his innings, two hits in the 7th, and no hits in the 4th. Unfortunately, one of the hits he gave up was a solo home run, to Toledo CF Clete Thomas in the 2nd. It was a no-doubter, which sailed over the iron fence beyond the berm behind right field, and bounced down onto West Street (though at least not while the fire trucks were racing past).
Owens looked completely in control all night. He needed only 83 pitches (58 strikes) to get through 7 innings. He did not go deep into any counts until the 6th inning, and even then threw only 14 pitches in each of the 6th and 7th innings. He got some help from his friends behind him, including a nice running catch by LF Alex Presley in the 6th, and a backhanded stop deep in the hole by SS Chase d'Arnaud with a catch in the dirt by 1B Matt Hague. In the post-game interview, Owens said that he was pleased to get that first AAA start out of the way. "The first AAA start is always one of those big deals -- same with last year in AA with the first start. I got out there and had to face (Stephen) Strasburg, and it couldn't be more nerve-wracking. By just getting that first win out of the way and doing well, I showed myself that I can compete here..... Throwing strikes is the key for me because this team (Toledo) likes to swing and just got to let them get themselves out."
The Indians' batters also posted one hit per inning for the first four innings of the game. Alex Presley continued his torrid hitting with two singles -- a line drive into center field in the 1st and a grounder through the hole into left field in the 4th. He also stole second base in the 4th. RF Andrew Lambo picked up his first hit of the season in the 2nd inning, when he grounded to short, but Toledo SS Cale Iorg bobbled the ball as his foot slipped, then threw wide to first base, giving Lambo the extra split second he needed to reach first safely. Presley and Lambo were left stranded on base, but when CF Gorkys Hernandez singled in the 3rd, he was thrown out trying to steal second base.
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.
Blue Jays 5, Pirates 3
The Pirates lost to the Blue Jays at McKechnie Field this afternoon.
Pitchers Mike Crotta, Chris Resop, and Joel Hanrahan each pitched a scoreless inning for the Pirates, with both Crotta and Hanrahan retiring the side in order. Crotta was aided by a leaping catch by SS Pedro Ciriaco. Starter Paul Maholm pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 runs -- a solo homer in the 1st, then a 2-run homer in the 3rd. Another run scored in the 3rd on a walk, a stolen base and a single. Jose Veras allowed one run in the 8th on two singles and a sacrifice bunt, but he struck out the last two batters he faced to get out of the inning.
2B Neil Walker tied the score in the bottom of the 1st with his second home run of the spring. 1B Lyle Overbay and RF Garrett Jones added a run in the 4th. Overbay walked, then advanced to second base on a wild pitch. Jones' single through the right side of the infield brought Overbay across the plate. The Blue Jays helped with the Pirates' final run in the 8th. With two outs, CF Corey Wimberly singled up the middle, and he also moved up to second base on a wild pitch. Three straight walks, to 3B Josh Rodriguez, pinch-hitter Andy Marte, and Jones, forced in Wimberly. The Pirates tried a last-minute rally in the 9th, when C Wyatt Toregas singled and 2B Jordy Mercer walked. A fly out by Wimberly ended the rally, though.
Also in the game today: LF Josh Fields, C Dusty Brown, RF John Bowker.
In Minor League Camp:
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 6, Indianapolis Indians 5
The Indians had an early lead, as they faced Phillies' star Roy Halladay this afternoon. DH Tony Sanchez picked up 2 RBI with a timely double in the 1st inning, and C Travis Scott added an RBI double in the 2nd inning. The Indians had runners on first and third in the 5th inning, when RF Miles Durham (on third) and DH Gorkys Hernandez (on first) pulled off a double steal, for the Indians' fourth run off Halladay. 2B Christian Colonel made it 5-3 in the top of the 8th with a solo home run. But the Iron Pigs tied the score with 2 runs in the bottom of the 8th, taking advantage of two Tribe errors and a sacrifice fly. Reliever Anthony Claggett then surrendered a double, which drove in the go-ahead run and gave Claggett the loss.
The minor league spring training games began today, with the Indy Indians facing off against the Las Vegas 51's in Dunedin. Info about the minor league games tends to be sketchy at best, and often non-existent, but this evening we got some info:
51's 5, Indians 2 -- Rudy Owens got the start in the Indians' first game. He pitched 3 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits, no walks, with 3 strikeouts. The runs came in the 3rd, with former Indy Indian (2005-06) Craig Stansberry contributing to the rally. The Indians scored one of their runs in the top of the 1st, on three consecutive hits by CF Gorkys Hernandez, SS Chase d'Arnaud, and 1B Matt Hague (RBI). Stansberry picked up another RBI in Las Vegas' 3-run 7th inning.
Meanwhile, back to the middle infielders:
Brock Holt -- Bats L / Throws R; 5' 10", 165 lbsHolt was the Pirates' 9th round pick in the 2009 draft. He can play both second base and shortstop, and did both at State College in 2009, though more at short. He also hit well for the Spikes, with a .299 average, 6 homers, and 33 RBI in 66 games. The Pirates thought well enough of him to have him begin 2010 at A+ Bradenton (skipping A level West Virginia). It was a good move, at least offensively, as Holt got off to a roaring start -- he hit .383 in April, .310 in May, and was 9-for-18 in June. His defense was a little shaky. Holt made 14 errors in 47 games at shortstop. Then in early June, Holt collided with teammate Adenson Chourio during a game and tore the median collateral ligament in his knee. It was a "compound" tear, so it took longer than the average time to heal, and Holt missed the entire rest of the season. He has said that his rehab time went well, and he was ready to go when spring training began. Holt could begin the 2011 season back with Bradenton if the Pirates feel he needs more work on defense at that level, but his hitting in 2010 seems to indicate that he'd be ready for AA Altoona. The 23-year-old Holt has said that he's equally comfortable at second base and shortstop and that he has no particular preference for either one.