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Just for something different to do..... live blogging this afternoon's game between the Indy Indians and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees:
Top of the 1st:
SS Chase d'Arnaud fouls off the first pitch, then takes the second pitch into right field, where the S/W-B RF Dan Brewer slipped on the wet grass. D'Arnaud in for a single.
2B Josh Harrison bounces a double into left field, moving d'Arnaud to third.
LF Alex Presley lines a single into RF, and d'Arnaud scores. It's Presley's 56th hit of the season, leading the International League.
And now some poor baserunning. RF John Bowker bounces back to the mound, and Harrison hesitates, then is caught in a run-down on the third base line. He drags it out for a moment, but is eventually tagged out (1-2-5-2)-- then Presley is also caught off second base and trapped in a run-down between second and third (2-4). Ugh!
1B Matt Hague is out on a nice diving stop by 3B Kevin Russo. Indians get one run, but they ran themselves out of getting at least one more.
Bottom of the 1st:
Justin Wilson (photo) is on the mound for the Indians. The rest of the defense is the same as yesterday, with the exception of Dusty Brown doing the catching instead of Jason Jaramillo.
CF Austin Krum strikes out
SS Ramiro Pena doubles into left field
Wilson strikes out DH Jesus Montero, one of the big hitters for S/W-B.
LF Justin Maxwell, the other big hitter for the Yankees, doubles into left field, scoring Pena from second base. Score tied 1-1.
Brandon Laird bounces off the mound to 2B Harrison to end the inning.
Top of the 2nd:
3B Andy Marte walks, but Brown bounces into a double play, 4-6-3.
DH Andrew Lambo strikes out, an easy inning for Yankees' starter Andrew Brackman.
Bottom of the 2nd:
3B Kevin Russo -- nice fielding at third by Marte, for a 5-3 out.
RF Dan Brewer -- grounds into the hole. D'Arnaud kept the ball from going into left field, but he was so deep that he was already on the outfield grass, and he didn't have a play.
Good thing they're playing in Pennsylvania, because here in Indy we're having the second thunderstorm of the day. It's 71 degrees at the park in PA.
2B Luis Nunez -- the Indians are shifted way to the left field side, with a huge hole on the right side of the infield -- and sure enough, Nunez grounds right through that huge open space and into right field for a single. Brewer to third base.
C Gustavo Molino -- long drive into right center, a bounce off the wall for a 2-RBI double. Brewer scores easily from third and Nunez races around to score from first. 3-1.
Oh wow! An appeal play, with Krum at the plate, Justin Wilson throws to third base, where an out is called! One of those runs does not count! It's Nunez who was called out, and with no argument from the Yankees. So, the score is back to 2-1, and the Indians have been given a gift.
And Krum strikes out to end the inning.
Alex Presley (7) had three hits and scored three times for the Indians tonight.
Indianapolis Indians 10, Buffalo Bison 1
The Indianapolis Indians posted 16 hits and 10 runs as they stampeded the Buffalo Bison at Victory Field tonight. Each position player in the Indians' lineup had at least one hit, and three players had 3 hits each: CF Alex Presley, LF John Bowker, and C Dusty Brown. Bowker contributed 4 RBI, while Brown and RF Andrew Lambo had 2 RBI each. Justin Wilson earned the win with another very strong start, and rehabbing reliever Evan Meek pitched a scoreless 8th inning.
The Indians got right down to business in the bottom of the 1st inning, when five of their first six batters singled. 2B Chase d'Arnaud started with a bouncer right back to the mound. The ball hit the leaping Buffalo starter Josh Stinson's glove and ricocheted 90 degrees to the left, landing over near the third base line. That was all the time the speedy d'Arnaud needed to reach first base safely. D'Arnaud promptly stole second base, and after SS Pedro Ciriaco popped out, d'Arnaud moved up to third base on Presley's (photo) first hit of the night, a single lined into right field. A wild pitch by Stinson got away from his catcher Mike Nickeas and skittered over towards the visitor's dugout, far enough away that d'Arnaud was able to score from third, while Presley advanced to second. Presley scored on Bowker's line drive into center field. 1B Matt Hague and 3B Josh Harrison both singled, loading the bases for Lambo. Lambo grounded sharply to short, for what should have been a double play to end the inning. Buffalo SS Luis Hernandez made the scoop and the toss to former Indy Indian 2B Luis Figueroa, forcing out Harrison at second, but Figueroa's relay to first pulled 1B Valentino Pascucci off the bag. Lambo was safe, so Bowker scored from third. Then, Hague, who had been on second base, rounded third and dashed for the plate, taking advantage of the Bison infielders having to regroup after the poor throw, and also taking advantage of the fact that they were not really paying attention to him. Hague scored easily, giving Lambo 2 RBI on his fielder's choice. Another grounder for a force out at second base ended the inning, with the Indians ahead, 4-0.
Indianapolis Indians 9, Durham Bulls 6
Starter Justin Wilson (photo) pitched 7 innings of one-hit, shutout ball, to earn his third win of the season for the Indians at Durham Bulls' Athletic Park in Durham, North Carolina. Wilson did not allow a hit until the 7th inning, when former Indy Indian 2B JJ Furmaniak singled on a line drive off the glove of Tribe 2B Pedro Ciriaco. While Wilson held the Bulls to just one hit, he put 5 Bulls on base with walks, and had to work around a fielding error by Ciriaco.
Wilson walked LF Justin Ruggiano in the 1st inning, but erased him with a double play. He walked Furmaniak in the 2nd inning and RF Desmond Jennings in the 3rd, but left both on base. The southpaw did retire the side in order in the 4th and 6th innings. He walked both 1B Russ Canzler and C Robinson Chirinos in the 5th, but an unsual play helped him out -- SS Ray Olmedo grounded to short, where SS Chase d'Arnaud made the pickup and flipped the ball to 2B Ciriaco covering the bag. But the ball hit Ciriaco's glove and bounced off, going all the way back to d'Arnaud, who still had time to step on the bag and force out Chirinos for the second out of the inning. That left runners on the corners, but Wilson got a strikeout to end the inning.
After the game, Wilson admitted that he felt "a little shaky" in the first inning, but then settled in and "felt comfortable later as I was able to get in the strike zone more and attack guys.... My plan for the whole night was to get in the strike zone early and make them swing at my pitch, and get ground balls." Wilson credited his catcher Dusty Brown for calling a great game, and also had props for his defense behind him. 1B Matt Hague made an unassisted double play in the 1st inning on a line drive by CF Brandon Guyer, doubling Ruggiano off the bag. In the 3rd, Ruggiano chopped a ball down the first base line and bounced it off the edge of the first base bag. Luckily for Wilson and the Indians, the ball ricocheted into the infield, back down along the first base line, where Hague could pick it up and make the easy tag out. D'Arnaud made a leaping stab on a line drive by Furmaniak in the 5th inning, saving a hit.
Norfolk Tides 5, Indianapolis Indians 2
Justin Wilson (photo) pitched 4 strong innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk tonight at Harbor Park in Norfolk, Virginia. Unfortunately for Wilson and the Indians, those 4 innings followed a rough 1st inning, in which he gave up 3 runs on two singles and two doubles, causing Wilson to be charged with the loss.
The Tides began the bottom of the 1st with three consecutive hits -- singles by CF Tyler Henson and former Indy Indian SS JJ Hardy. LF Nolan Reimold doubled down the left field line and into the corner, driving in Henson and putting Hardy on third base. After a strikeout, a passed ball skipped off C Dusty Brown's glove and all the way back to the backstop (passed ball), allowing Hardy to score. 3B Josh Bell bounced a grounder down the left field line for an RBI double, bringing in Reimold for a 3-0 lead.
The first six Indians' batters went down in order, before RF Andrew Lambo led off the 3rd inning with a grounder that bounced right onto the first base bag, over a Tides' infielder, and down the right field line into the corner. That put Lambo onto second base, and he moved up to third on a grounder by CF Gorkys Hernandez. He got no further, though, as DH Corey Wimberly flied out.
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.
Jason Jaramillo is greeted by the teammates he drove in with his grand slam
Indianapolis Indians 8, Norfolk Tides 5
A grand slam by C Jason Jaramillo gave the Indians the spark they needed to turn the game around tonight at Victory Field, as the Indians came from behind to beat the Norfolk Tides.
The game began on a good note for the Tribe. For the first time in a home game this season, the Indians scored first. They missed out on an opportunity in the 2nd inning, when 3B Josh Harrison lined a single into left field and Jaramillo lined a single into left-center, moving Harrison to third. A pop up ended the inning, leaving the runners on the corners. CF Gorkys Hernandez led off the 3rd inning with a grounder through the right side of the infield and into right field. DH Corey Wimberly dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Hernandez to second base, and 2B Chase d'Arnaud's long fly out to right allowed Hernandez to advance to third base. LF Alex Presley singled up the middle, just past the diving SS Nick Green (a former Indy Indian in 2007), and that drove in Hernandez to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.
Tribe starter Justin Wilson (photo) did his part by starting the game with three hitless innings. He allowed just one walk over the first three innings. But then things turned over the next two innings, as two Tribe errors resulted in 5 runs for the Tides. Wilson began the 4th with a line out, but the next two batters reached base. A four-pitch walk put Tides' 1B Brandon Snyder on base. Then 3B John Bell bounced just over the reach of Wilson's glove, and toward the second base bag. SS Pedro Ciriaco and 2B Chase d'Arnaud both charged toward the ball. Ciriaco got to it, and tried to take an extra step to reach second base for the force out -- but he was rushing, and he did not have a good hold on the ball. The ball fell to the ground, and both runners were safe (photos below). A pop out gave Wilson the second out of the inning, but kept the runners in place. Then Green lined a double into left field, over the head of Presley, and off the wall. That drove in both the runners, giving Norfolk a 2-1 lead. 2B Brendan Harris ran the count full, fouled off a couple more pitches, then took ball four, which brought pitching coach Tom Filer out to chat with Wilson and Jaramillo. The talking didn't help much, as C Craig Tatum blooped an RBI single into the no-man's-land in short right field, bringing in Green to score. RF Tyler Henson added another run with a sinking liner into left field. Wilson struck out CF Matt Angle to end the inning, but 4 unearned runs had scored, and the Tides had a 4-1 lead.
Photos: On the left, the ball has just slipped out of Ciriaco's glove -- you can see it in front of d'Arnaud's left knee, below his glove. On the right, the ball is on the ground, with the runner Snyder beginning his slide into second.
Indianapolis Indians 4, Toledo Mud Hens 2
The Indianapolis Indians battled the blustery weather as well as the Toldeo Mud Hens in a late-morning school day start in Toledo today. They earned the win, giving them a 3-1 record on the road so far this season.
Justin Wilson (photo) pitched 6 scoreless innings in his third start of the season, to earn his first AAA win. He gave up 2 hits, both in the 3rd inning. RF Andy Dirks dropped a looper into short right field, just out of reach of the leaping Tribe SS Chase d'Arnaud, then 2B Scott Sizemore put a sinking liner into right field, off the glove of RF Gorkys Hernandez. Wilson left both on base with a fly out and a ground out. Wilson also worked around two singles and a batter reaching on a fielding error by SS Pedro Ciriaco in the 2nd inning. That was a wind-blown ball into short right field, with Ciriaco, 3B Josh Harrison, and LF Alex Presley all chasing after it. Ciriaco tried to make a last-second twisting over-the-shoulder catch and missed. Wilson threw 97 pitches with 62 strikes in his 6 innings.
The gusty wind helped the Indians as well as hurt them. In the top of the 2nd, DH Andy Marte lifted the first pitch he saw into the wind, which took it over the left field wall for a solo home run. Marte nearly had another home run in the 5th inning, but that time his fly to left field was just short, and was caught at the wall.
The Tribe had only one hit over the next three innings -- a double by Harrison in the 5th, when the wind did the same thing to the Mud Hens that it had done to Ciriaco and the Indians in the 3rd. Harrison's high pop got caught in the wind, and with the infielders running out and the outfielders running in, the ball fell in just out of reach of SS Cale Iorg. In both instances, the outfielders might have had a better chance at running in to make the catch, but instead they let their shortstops take over. Harrison made a quick steal of third base, but he was left stranded when Hernandez struck out.
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.
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.
A few more pitchers in the Pirates' minor league organization:
Justin Wilson -- L/L, 6' 2", 233 lb
Wilson was chosen by the Pirates in the 5th round of the 2008 draft. He signed late, so made his pro debut in 2009 with A+ Lynchburg. He had a 6-8 record there, with a 4.50 ERA, but in the last two months of the season, he was showing some improvement, with 10 earned runs in 47.1 innings over his last 9 games (1.90 ERA). Wilson was promoted to AA Altoona for 2010, and he began with a rough month of April, when he allowed 9 runs on 13 hits in 12.1 innings (6.57 ERA). He also walked 10 batters that month. Wilson turned it around in May, when he allowed just 5 runs on 19 hits in 32.2 innings, for a 1.38 ERA. Though he still walked 12 batters, he also struck out 36 batters in the month, including a 10-strikeout game and a 7-strikeout game. Wilson settled out in the middle in July, when he earned a 3.65 ERA with 10 earned runs in 24.2 innings, and then a 3.19 ERA in August/Sept with 13 runs in 36.2 innings. He finished the regular season with an 11-8 record in 27 games (one relief appearance), with 49 earned runs and 109 hits in 142.2 innings. Wilson has had control problems, and that continued in 2010. He walked 71 batters (4.5 walks/ 9 innings), and he also struck out 134 batters (8.5 K/ 9 innings). Wilson won both of the games he started for the Curve in their playoff run, pitching 6 scoreless innings with 2 hits in the first round, and then 7 scoreless innings with 5 hits in the championship round. After the regular season, Wilson participated in the Arizona Fall League, where he got into 6 games for the Mesa Solar Sox. He gave up 9 runs on 19 hits, including 2 homers, with 8 walks and 16 strikeouts. The 23-year-old Wilson is ready for AAA, where he'll need to keep working on his command and keep up the strikeouts. He might get sent to Altoona again, though, if the Pirates fill up Indianapolis with a lot of "major league ready" pitchers.
Tony Watson -- L/L, 6' 4", 223 lb
The Pirates took Watson in the 9th round of the 2007 draft. Watson was named the Pirates' minor league pitcher of the year in 2008, when he pitched in Lynchburg. He was promoted to Altoona to begin 2009 and made 5 starts there. He pitched just 15.1 innings and allowed 14 earned runs and 22 hits, which were probably due to the elbow problems that put him onto the DL for the rest of the season. Watson returned to Altoona for 2010, where he pitched mostly in relief and stayed healthy. He began with a hot April, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits in 13.2 innings over 5 relief appearances for a 1.98 ERA. He made 8 appearances in each of May and June, and continued to do well, with 10 runs on 20 hits in 36.2 innings (2.45 ERA). July was going well for Watson until the end of the month, with just 2 runs in 15.1 runs in 5 relief appearances. Then he was moved back to the starting rotation -- and gave up 10 runs in a combined 10.2 innings. Watson stayed in the rotation for the rest of the season, and finished the year well, with 10 runs on 30 hits in 40 inning over 7 starts. that gave him a 6-4 record and 2 saves for the season, with a 2.67 ERA and 111.1 innings, with 33 earned runs and 82 hits. His control was solid, with 24 walks for the season (1.9 walks/ 9 innings) and 105 strikeouts (8.5 K/ 9 innings). Like Wilson, Watson also made 2 starts in the Curve's playoff run, allowing 2 runs in each of 2 starts, and winning both games. The Pirates placed the 25-year old Watson onto the 40-man roster last fall. He should be promoted to Indianapolis for 2010, where he' likely be used out of the bullpen. He has a chance of making a trip up to Pittsburgh by the end of the season.