Four Double Plays And Indians Shut Out

Claggett came back out to begin the 6th inning, which began with a walk, a pop out, and a single, putting runners on first and second. �That was all for him. �Corey Hamman took the mound next, and gave up an RBI double (run charged to Claggett) to Rhymes before ending the inning. �Hamman got into another jam in the 7th inning, when he gave up a triple to CF Casper Wells and hit RF Clete Thomas with a pitch. �He got out of it with a fly out, and was the only Indians’ pitcher in the game to not give up any runs. �Vinnie Chulk pitched the 8th inning, and gave up two singles followed by a 2-RBI triple to give the Mud Hens two more runs.

The Indians had runners on base in 6 different innings. �In the 1st, SS Brian Friday walked and stole second base, and RF Brian Myrow also walked. �The first of the four double plays ended the inning — 3B Pedro Alvarez hit a screaming line drive, but right at Jeff Larish at first base, and Larish just had to step on the first base bag to double up Myrow. �Myrow and Alvarez hit back-to-back singles to open the Indians’ half of the 4th inning. �Steve Pearce grounded into a force out that removed Alvarez at second and put runners on the corners. �The second double play ended that threat — CF Jon Van Every flied out to left field, and when the ball came back in to the relay man, a fake throw to the right side of the infield did fake out Myrow, who started for home. �The throw back to third base was in plenty of time to catch Myrow in no-man’s-land and tag him out.

A more ordinary double play ended the 6th inning. �After Alvarez singled, Pearce bounced to third, where Brent Dlugach started an around-the-horn double play. �Neil Walker singled in the 7th, and another 5-4-3 double play off the bat of C Erik Kratz ended that inning.

The Tribe had runners as far as third base in two innings. �Steve Pearce doubled to begin the 2nd, and went to third on Walker’s fly out, but was stranded there. �Walker and Argenis Diaz both walked in the 5th, and a wild pitch moved both runners up one base, but again, both runners were stranded on base. �Pedro Alvarez was the only Tribe batter to have two hits.

The Indians and the Mud Hens began the day with identical 2-3 records. �Now the Indians are 2-4 and are in 4th (last) place in the International League West Division.

Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Day: �Steve Pearce’s double in the 2nd inning, which was the Tribe’s only extra-base hit of the game.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: �The Indians turned a double play too. �In the bottom of the 1st, with the bases loaded and no outs, Toledo’s Ryan Strieby hit a fiery line drive right to SS Brian Friday, who tossed it to Argenis Diaz covering second base for a double play.

NOTES:

Erik Kratz was back in the line-up after missing several days due to a hamstring problem.

Neil Walker played his second game in left field. �He did ok, but his inexperience still shows. �He was playing in shallow in the 6th inning, when Will Rhymes doubled. �Walker ran back, but the ball went over his head and bounced on the warning track.

The Tribe broadcasters reported that Corey Hamman, who had been released by the Pirates, was at home and was within hours of signing a contract to play independent ball when the Pirates called him again and offered him a job pitching with the Indians.

Go Tribe!

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