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The Indianapolis Indians have a scheduled day off today (Wednesday). A few bits of news for an off-day:
P Jose Ascanio and C Wyatt Toregas have cleared waivers and both will be assigned to the Indians. Anthony Claggett was returned to the Altoona Curve.
The Pirates have signed four of their recent draft picks:
SS Brian Sharp (24th round) from California Baptist University
SS Kirk Singer (29th round) from Long Beach State
RHP Matt Benedict (30th round) from Western Carolina University
C Derek Trent (31st round) from East Tennessee State
Here's the list of all the draft picks, which will be updated with the signings as they occur.
Sharp, Singer, and Trent are listed on the State College roster. The State College Spikes begin their season on Friday.
The Pirates also signed LHP Robbie Kilcrease, an undrafted free agent from Texas Tech. The redshirt junior made 12 starts this year for Texas Tech. He had a total of 63.1 innings, with a 5.97 ERA.
On to Wednesday evening's action:
West Virginia Power 3, Greensboro Grasshoppers 0
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The Power did all the scoring they needed in their first at-bats, as three Power pitchers combined for a shutout. With one out in the top of the 1st, 2B Andy Vasquez lined a single into center field, then stole second base. He scored on RF Dan Grovatt's double lined into right field. Grovatt stole third base, and he scored on 1B Justin Howard's RBI ground out. CF Mel Rojas added one more insurance run for the Power in the 4th inning with a solo home run.
After the homer, the Power lost some of their power. They managed only 3 hits over the rest of the game -- a single by Rojas in the 6th, a double by DH Jairo Marquez in the 7th, and a single by 3B Eric Avila in the 9th.
Brandon Cumpton worked around a walk and a single in the bottom of the 1st, then gave up two more singles in the 3rd, but got out of that jam too, partly due to a double play. Cumpton also gave up lone singles in the 4th and 5th, but still did not let the runners come around to score. He began the 6th with a walk and a double play, then loaded the bases with a single, a hit batter, and a walk. Kevin Decker came on in relief of Cumpton, and Decker ended the inning with a fly out, still not letting a run score.
Decker pitched 2 more scoreless innings, though he gave up a walk and two singles in the 7th, and another single in the 8th. Jason Townsend pitched the 9th, also giving up a walk and erasing the runner with a double play. Cumpton earned his 7th win of the season, and Townsend earned his 6th Save.
Indianapolis Indians 13, Buffalo Bison 4
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The Indianapolis Indians exploded for two big innings, as they stampeded the Buffalo Bison at Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo, NY tonight. The Tribe took advantage of 3 physical errors, plus several mental errors by the Bison, and scored their 13 runs on only 10 hits, leaving only 2 runners on base.
Buffalo starter Josh Stinson faced the Indians on May 17th here in Indianapolis, and he did not have a good outing. He allowed 4 runs in the 1st inning, one in the 3rd, and 3 more in the 5th inning, as the Indians won the game 10-1, posting 16 hits. In that game, Stinson lasted 4.2 innings before being relieved.
Tonight, the Indians were even less kind to Stinson. He got through the 1st inning unscathed, allowing a single up the middle by SS Chase d'Arnaud, then removed d'Arnaud from the bases with a double play. It was in the 2nd inning that the wheels fell off for Stinson. 1B John Bowker began the fun with a double through into right field. 3B Matt Hague reached base safely when 1B Valentino Pascucci could not handle a low throw to first base, and Bowker moved to third base. RF Andrew Lambo bounced to Pascucci, who wanted to throw to the plate, but Pascucci hesitated and got himself set before making the throw. The hesitation was just enough to let Bowker slide into the plate ahead of the throw, for the Indians' first run. That left Hague and Lambo on base, and brought up C Eric Fryer. Fryer (photo) made it a 4-0 game when he took the first pitch he saw over the left field wall on a no-doubt-about-it 3-run homer.
CF Gorkys Hernandez followed the homer with a smash off the wall in the right-center gap, and raced all the way to third base, credited with a triple, when the Bison CF Fernando Martinez had trouble hitting his cut-off man on the throw in. Tribe starter Justin Wilson hit his second RBI double of the season into left field, scoring Hernandez easily. A wild pitch put Wilson on third base, and a walk to d'Arnaud gave the Indians runners on the corners. D'Arnaud stole second base on strike three when 2B Brian Friday struck out. LF Alex Presley walked to load the bases. That brought up Bowker again, and Bowker's second double of the inning, going into the left-center field gap, cleared the bases to give the Indians an 8-0 lead. That sent Stinson to the showers. Reliever Brian Sweeney got Hague to pop out, then former Indy Indian C Raul Chavez picked Bowker off second base to end the inning.
Durham Bulls 1, Indianapolis Indians 0
Brian Burres (photo) gave up just one run and scattered 4 hits in a morning-into-afternoon game at Durham Bulls' Athletic Park today -- but he suffered his 5th loss of the season. Burress had the Bulls under control for the entire game, but there was just one problem. That problem was the only hit that counted -- a solo home run by Bulls' RF Justin Ruggiano in the bottom of the 1st. Ruggiano, who was also the Bulls' game hero last night, scored the only run of the game with his homer.
Burres matched his season-high 7 innings in this start. He struck out 5 batters and walked only one. After the game, Burres said that he felt that his mistake was not the fast ball that Ruggiano took over the wall, but the two pitches before that, both outside the strike zone, which put Burres behind in the count. Burres gave up a single to 3B Russ Canzler in the 2nd, but erased him when C Jose Laboton bounced into a 6-4-3 double play (SS Pedro Ciriaco to 2B Chase d'Arnaud to 1B John Bowker).
The lefty Burres retired the Bulls in order in the 3rd and 4th innings, then gave up back-to-back singles to 1B Leslie Anderson and C Jose Lobaton in the 5th. Another double play, off the bat of former Indy Indian SS JJ Furmaniak got Burres and the Indians out of that jam. Another 1-2-3 inning took care of the Bulls in the 6th, then Burres walked LF Brandon Guyer to begin the 7th, but got three quick outs to end his afternoon.
Indianapolis Indians 7, Durham Bulls 5
Home runs by RF John Bowker and DH Andrew Lambo and a triple by LF Corey Wimberly gave the Indians the offense they needed to power past the Bulls tonight. The game was played at the old Durham Athletic Park, which is the original stadium in Durham -- the one where the old A-level team played, and where the movie "Bull Durham" was filmed. Last season, the Bulls played one game at the old stadium, which sits about 5 blocks from their "new" stadium, Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Everyone must have had fun, because they decided to do it again this year, and this time the Indians were the visitors who got to participate. It was a bit awkward for the players -- they had to change clothes and do batting practice at the new stadium, then take a bus to the old stadium for the game. After the game, they rode back to the new facility to shower up and change clothes again. Lambo said that the players had fun at the old park, even though the dugout was a little cramped. The teams wore "retro" uniforms for the game.
Jose Ascanio (photo) made a one-inning start for the Indians, throwing 31 pitches (20 strikes) and giving up 2 runs. Ascanio began the inning by allowing a single to SS Ray Olmedo. CF Justin Ruggiano reached base on a fielding error by 3B Josh Harrison. A wild pitch by Ascanio let both runners move up a base, then a walk to LF Brandon Guyer loaded the bases with no outs. Ascanio got a strikeout, but then RF Chris Carter lined a double into right field, bringing in both Olmedo and Ruggiano to score. Another strikeout and a ground out got Ascanio out of the inning, though with the Indians trailing 2-0.
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.
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.
Brian Friday makes the play at third base.
Norfolk Tides 6, Indianapolis Indians 0
Three Norfolk pitchers combined to hold the Indians to just 3 hits in a shut-out game tonight at Victory Field. Only the outfielders had hits -- LF Alex Presley and CF Gorkys Hernandez both singled and RF Andrew Lambo doubled. Starter Rudy Owens was not able to contain the Tides' batters, and he suffered his second loss of the season.
The Tides' batters got to Owens (photo) in the top of the 1st. CF Tyler Henson and 2B Ryan Adams led off with back-to-back singles into left field. With runners on the corners, Owens struck out the next two batters, former Indy Indian SS Nick Green and 1B Brandon Snyder. It looked like Owens might get out of the jam, but LF Nolan Reimold worked the count full, fouled off a couple more pitches, then ripped a double into left-center field. LF Presley and CF Hernandez both raced toward the ball, and at the last possible second, Presley made a desperate dive -- but could not come up with the ball. That drove in both base runners, to give the Tides a 2-0 lead.
Owens pitched a scoreless 2nd inning, then gave up a solo home run to Snyder in the 3rd inning, increasing the Tides' lead to 3-0. He retired the side in order in the 4th. In the 5th, RF Blake Davis grounded sharply through the hole and into left field, but as he rounded first and headed for second, Davis was not counting on Presley in left field. Presley came up throwing, and his throw to 2B Pedro Ciriaco was on-target and well ahead of Davis, who was out at second. Adams also reached base when he grounded to first. 1B Matt Hague made a great diving stop, but when Owens arrived to cover the bag, he dropped Hague's toss for an error. Adams was left on first when a fly out ended the inning.
The Indianapolis Indians played a double header tonight against the Columbus Clippers in Columbus, to make up for Saturday's rain out -- and the Indians lost both games.
Columbus Clippers 6, Indianapolis Indians 1 (Game 1)
The first game, which began at 5 pm, saw the Indians jump out to a good start. With two outs in the top of the 1st, LF Alex Presley lifted a home run over the right-center field wall to give the Indians a 1-0 lead. 1B Matt Hague tried to keep the inning going with a single lined into left field following the homer, but he was left on base.
Tribe starter Sean Gallagher (photo) could not hold on to that lead. With one out in the bottom of the 1st, Gallagher walked DH Cord Phelps and 3B Lonnie Chisenhall back-to-back, then loaded the bases with a single to LF Chad Huffman. Another single, by 1B Travis Buck, drove in both Phelps and Chisenhall, then a slip by Presley in left field let Huffman move up to third base. Gallagher caught a break when C Jason Jaramillo threw out Buck as he tried to steal second base, then Gallagher ended the inning with a strikeout.
Columbus increased the lead to 4-1 with two more runs in the 2nd inning. RF Jordan Brown led off with a double, and former Indy Indian C Luke Carlin walked. Jaramillo tried to pick Brown off second base, but the throw bounced off SS Pedro Ciriaco's glove and into left-center field, putting Brown on third and Carlin on second. SS Luis Valbuena ripped a double into the left-center field gap, driving in both Brown and Carlin, and the Clippers were ahead by 3 runs. They added another run in the 3rd inning, on a walk and a stolen base by 2B Jason Kipnis, then a double into right field by Brown.
Gallagher came out to begin the 4th inning, but after a walk and two strikeouts, Gallagher had thrown 98 pitches (54 strikes), and he was relieved by Tony Watson. Watson finished the 4th with a fly out, but he gave up a solo homer to Huffman, the first batter in the 5th inning. He also gave up a walk and a single in the 6th, but kept the Clippers from scoring in that 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.