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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5, Indinanapolis Indians 1
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees won their second game in less than 24 hours, to earn a series split with the Indianapolis Indians. Today's game began at 10:35 am in Moosic, PA, and started on time, though a misty rain fell for a large part of the game. For the second game in a row, the Yankees scored early, and for the second game in a row, the Indians were held to just one run.
Sean Gallagher (photo) suffered his 7th loss of the season. The Indians' starter pitched 6 innings in this start. He surrendered 3 runs on 5 hits, 2 walks, and a hit batter, with 4 strikeouts. The first two Yankees' runs came in the bottom of the 1st. With one out, SS Ramiro Pena singled through the hole and into left field. A passed ball by C Wyatt Toregas let Pena move to second base. Gallagher struck out the next batter, but then International League home run and RBI leader 1B Jorge Vazquez stepped to the plate and smacked a 2-run homer just in side the left field foul pole. That increased his home run count to 17 and his RBI total to 43, and gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Gallagher settled into a rhythm after the 1st inning. He scattered 2 singles, a walk, and a hit batter over the next 4 innings, and kept all those base runners from scoring. The Yankees did score another run off Gallagher in the 6th. Vazquez began the rally with a walk. A wild pitch by Gallagher moved him to second base, and LF Justin Maxwell's single lined into left field advanced him to third. 3B Brandon Laird collected the RBI when his sacrifice fly plated Vazquez.
Meanwhile, Yankees' starter Adam Warren was having a pretty easy time with the Tribe batters. DH Dusty Brown was the only Indians' batter to reach base in the first three innings -- he singled to lead off the 3rd, but was left on base. The Indians scored their only run against Warren and the Yankees in the 4th. CF Gorkys Hernandez (photo) led off with a single lined along the right field line, then stole second base, sliding in ahead of a late throw from the Yankees' catcher. After a strikeout by LF Alex Presley, RF John Bowker grounded toward second base, where the ball skipped off the glove of 2B Kevin Russo for a single. Hernandez advanced to third base, then scored on 1B Matt Hague's sacrifice fly. Hernandez crossed the plate standing when the CF Austin Krum's throw to the plate was a little short.
That was the Tribe's only run. Warren walked Brown to lead off the top of the 5th, but then retired the next 12 batters he faced, taking him through the 8th inning.
Trainer Brian Housand and Pitching Coach Tom Filer conference with pitcher Dan Meyer and catcher Dusty Brown, with plate umpire Mark Lollo listening in.
Buffalo Bison 5, Indianapolis Indians 1
After two days of being pounded by the Indians, the Buffalo Bison got their revenge this afternoon at Victory Field, as the Bison posted 12 hits in their win. The Indians were held to just 5 scattered hits by the Buffalo pitching staff. Buffalo starter Brian Sweeney earned his first win of the season and allowed the Indians only one run.
Sean Gallagher (photo) made the start for the Indians. The plan had been to move Gallagher from the starting rotation to the bullpen, and he did make a relief appearance last week, coming in to take over for Garrett Olson, who had been injured. But now, with Olson going onto the Disabled List, Gallagher has been moved back to the starting rotation. The Bison jumped right on Gallagher in the top of the 1st inning. After getting the first batter, former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa to pop up for the first out, Gallagher gave up a single to 2B Michael Fisher and a bunt single to C Kirk Nieuwenhuis. 1B Valentino Pascucci followed with a hard liner along the left field line for a double, driving in both Fisher and Nieuwenhuis for a 2-0 lead. Gallagher left Pascucci on second base, ending the inning with a pop out and a ground out.
Gallagher set the Bison down in order in the 2nd inning, but the Bison scored again in the 3rd. Figueroa led off with another double down the left field line, similar to Pascucci's. Fisher singled up the middle, and the speedy Figueroa scored from second base. C Dusty Brown threw out Fisher as he tried to steal second base. The next three Bison batters all reached base safely -- a grounder through the hole into left field by Nieuwenhuis, a 4-pitch walk to Pascucci, and C Mike Nickeas hit on the left wrist or forearm by a pitch. Nickeas took his time moving down to first base, but was not able to stay in the game. He was replaced by pinch-runner/catcher (another former Indy Indian) Raul Chavez. That loaded the bases with one out for the Bison. Gallagher got out of the jam by getting LF Jesus Feliciano to bounced into a double play, 2B Chase d'Arnaud to SS Pedro Ciriaco, to 1B John Bowker.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indianapolis Indians 10, Louisville Bats 4
During batting practice today, Indians' SS Pedro Ciriaco (photo) declared that "tonight is the night". Then he made good on it, leading the Indians in their win over the Bats at Slugger Field in Louisville, Kentucky.
Ciriaco came into the game with a .059 batting average, with just 2 hits in his first 11 games of the season. Tonight, he posted the first Indians' run of the game with a single in the 3rd inning. He singled again in the 6th innings, and nearly picked up an RBI, though 1B Matt Hague was out at the plate. Then Ciriaco capped the Indians' big 8th inning with a 3-run home run, giving the Tribe a defiinive lead that would carry them to the win.
After yesterday's 13-inning marathon, tonight's game began in much the same way: two perfect innings by both starters, Sean Gallagher for the Indians and Scott Carroll for the Bats. Ciriaco was the first base runner of the game when he singled up the middle in the 3rd. He stole second base, but was left stranded. Gallagher walked RF Brian Barton and hit C Corky Miller with a pitch to begin the bottom of the 3rd, but when Barton strayed too far off second base, the alert Tribe C Jason Jaramillo picked him off. Gallagher got out of the inning with a strikeout and a fly out.
(Photo: Starter Sean Gallagher)
The Indians got the scoring started in the top of the 4th. 2B Chase d'Arnaud led off the inning with a line drive single into center field. A ground out by LF Alex Presley moved d'Arnaud to second, and a balk by Carroll pushed d'Arnaud to third. D'Arnaud scored the first run of the game when Bats' SS Zack Cozart bobbled RF Andrew Lambo's grounder. Lambo reached second base on a passed ball. 3B Andy Marte nearly had an RBI double with a sharply hit ball down the left field line, but it was ruled a foul ball, and Marte went back to try again. He worked a walk, to put two Indians' runners on base. Jaramillo drove both of them in with a line drive that just barely got past Bats' CF Dave Sappelt, and the Indians had a 3-0 lead.
Louisville got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning. Cozart reached base on an error, when his grounder skipped off the glove of Marte at third. LF Yonder Alonso walked, and a fly ball gave the Bats runners on the corners. A wild pitch let Cozart come in to score. Alonso stole second base then moved to third when 3B Chris Valaika reached base on Ciriaco's fielding error. Gallagher stopped the rally with two strikeouts, and held the score at 3-1. The bottom of the 5th began with a single by Miller, which hopped past the diving Ciriaco. Moments later, Sappelt brought in Miller with his 2-run homer, to tie the score at 3-3.
Dusty Brown is congratulated after his home run
Louisville Bats 10, Indianapolis Indians 4
The Louisville Bats started their onslaught with 5 runs in the top of the 1st inning, and never looked back at Victory Field tonight. The Indians out-hit the Bats 12-11, but the Tribe left 10 of their runners on base, while the Bats left only 6. One high point for the Tribe was that RF Andrew Lambo and 1B Andy Marte, both of whom had been struggling at the plate, both hit well tonight -- Marte singled twice and drove in a run, while Lambo singled twice, doubled, and brought in a run.
With Sean Gallagher (photo, with C Dusty Brown) on the mound, things got crazy right away in the top of the 1st. CF Dave Sappelt lined a double into left field to lead off. Gallagher got a strikeout and a grounder to first, which moved Sappelt to third. Then he walked 3B Todd Frazier and hit RF Jeremy Hermida with a pitch to load the bases. C Devin Mesoraco singled into right field, bringing in both Sappelt from third and Frazier from second. When Lambo threw the ball in from right field to the plate, it came in up the line, and C Dusty Brown had no chance of tagging Frazier. Instead he tried throwing to second base, in hopes of catching Mesoraco, who was trying to advance on the throw. But Brown's throw bounced in the dirt and away from SS Chase d'Arnaud for a throwing error, and that let Hermida score too. Mesoraco remained on second base, but only for a few minutes, because 1B Danny Dorn smacked a 2-run homer over the right field wall, giving the Bats a 5-0 lead.
The Indians answered back with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning. Corey Wimberly, who had center field duties tonight, was hit by a pitch on the right foot to begin the frame. He was forced out at second when d'Arnaud grounded to third, though there was not time for a double play. LF Alex Presley kept right on hitting, with a grounder up the middle for a single, and the Indians had runners on the corners. Matt Hague, playing third tonight, lifted a fly into left center, but it was caught with a very nice effort by Bats' LF Yonder Alonso. Andy Marte slipped a single up the middle just past the diving Bats' shortstop, driving in d'Arnaud from third base. Andrew Lambo lined a single into left center also, bringing in Presley. SS Pedro Ciriaco struck out to end the inning, but the Indians had made a dent in the Bats' lead.
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.
Finishing up with the rest of the Pirates' minor league pitchers:
Justin Thomas -- L/L, 6' 3", 215 lbs
Thomas is a 27-year-old reliever, chosen by the Mariners in the 4th round of the 2005 draft. He'd moved steadily up through their organization, mostly as a starter and made his major league debut in September 2008. He was moved to the bullpen, but struggled there in 2009 at AAA Tacoma, and at the end of that season, he was put on waivers and claimed by the Pirates, who later outrighted him to AAA Indianapolis. Thomas started the 2010 season at Indianapolis, where he generally shut down the opposition. After allowing 3 earned runs on 6 hits over his first 3 appearances (5.1 innings), Thomas did not allow another run in his next 15 innings/ 9 appearances, and gave up only 4 hits in that time. He gave up a homer in his next appearance, then allowed only one run over his 13.1 innings/ 11 appearances, with 5 hits. Thomas was promoted to the Pirates in late June, but appeared in only 3 games there, allowing 6 runs on 7 hits in 5 innings. After about 2.5 weeks, he was returned to Indianapolis. Over the next 6 appearances, he allowed 7 runs, though 6 of them came in two games. Thomas was back up to Pittsburgh at the beginning of August, and got into 4 games in a week, and this time pitched very well -- 3.2 scoreless innings and 5 hits. Even so, he was heading back to Indy after the week, where he gave up 2 runs in one of his 5 outings, and otherwise pitched 5.1 scoreless innings. Thomas must have been thinking that he was a yo-yo -- back to Pittsburgh for one game in late August, when he gave up 2 runs in 2 innings. The yo-yo bounced right back to Indy, for another 5 games, and only one run in 6.2 innings. When the minor league season ended, Thomas was again brought up to the Pirates, to appear in 4 more games, allowing one home run in one of the game, but pitching 2.1 scoreless innings in the other three. (Whew!) Thomas's final stats at Indianapolis: 5-0 record and 4 saves, with 2.48 ERA, and 15 earned runs on 33 hits over 54.1 innings; also 10 walks (1.7 walks/ 9 innings) and 31 strikeouts (8.5 K/ 9 innings). And his final stats in Pittsburgh, not as impressive: 0-1 record, with 6.23 ERA, and 9 earned runs on 21 hits in 13 innings; also 5 walks and 5 strikeout, for 3.5 walks/ 9 innings and 3.5 K/ 9 innings. Thomas was again removed from the 40-man roster at the end of the season, then signed to a minor league contract. Thomas also pitched 19.1 innings of relief for Los Bravos de Margarita in winter ball. He earned a 1-2 record and gave up 11 earned runs, for a 5.12 ERA. He had trouble with walks for Los Bravos also (10), and struck out 14 batters. Thomas was invited to the Pirates' major league spring training, but was reassigned to Indianapolis, where he will begin the 2011 season. If he can repeat last season's domination in AAA, he will see Pittsburgh again.
Sean Gallagher -- R/R, 6' 2", 235 lb
Gallagher came to the Pirates from the Padres, who had designated him for assignment in June 2010. He'd initially been drafted by the Cubs in the 12th round of the 2004 draft, and later was traded to the A's and then to the Padres. Gallagher began the 2010 season with the Padres, and allowed 10 runs on 14 hits in 13 innings of relief over 9 appearances. He was sent to AAA Portland in mid-May, and made 3 starts there, where he gave up 6 runs over 11 innings. Gallagher was called back to San Diego at the end of May, resuming a relief role for the next 6 games. He allowed 4 runs in 10.1 innings, including one game in which he pitched 3.1 scoreless innings and gave up just 2 hits. After arriving in Pittsburgh, Gallagher again pitched out of the bullpen. He made 7 appearances in July, and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits in 9 innings (4.00 ERA). He made another 13 appearances in August, and gave up 4 runs on 5 hits in the first 9 of those (7.2 innings). That was followed by a tough week, when Gallagher gave up 5 runs in two different games, and one run in each of three more games. He finished the season with 10 better outings, allowing 2 runs over 9.2 innings. His stats for Pittsburgh: a 2-1 record and a 6.03 ERA, with 23 earned runs and 38 hits in 34.1 innings, with 22 walks and 22 strikeouts, for 5.8 walks and strikeouts per 9 innings. Like Thomas, Gallagher was removed from the Pirates' 40-man roster and assigned to Indianapolis. At age 25, he'll begin the season at Indy, where he will need to regain the form he had in the lower minors in the Mariners' organization.