Martinez and Bowker Shine In Indians’ Debut

The Indians had put at least one base runner on in 5 of the next 6 innings after they scored in the 1st.� John Bowker doubled in both the 3rd and the 5th, but was left on base both times, as was Kevin Melillo when he singled in the 4th.� Alex Presley and 2B Brian Friday walked in the 2nd and the 6th respectively, and both of them were also left on base.� Brandon Moss walked to lead off the 5th, but he was erased in a double play.

The Tribe added an insurance run in the 8th.� Jim Negrych walked with one out, and went on to steal second base (his 8th of the season).� He scored when C Luke Carlin lined a single into center field.

Corey Hamman pitched to just that one batter in the 6th, then Joe Martinez came out to begin the 7th inning for the Indians.� Martinez worked around a lead-off walk in the 7th.� In the 8th, he got the first out, then gave up three consecutive singles, to Matt Angle, Jeff Salazar, and Robert Andino, loading the bases.� But Martinez got Scott Moore to bounce to short, where SS Pedro Ciriaco stepped on second to force out Andino, then fired to first for the double play.� Martinez retired the Tides in order in the 9th, finishing with a flourish as he struck out Brandon Snyder.

Rehabbing Ryan Doumit was in right field today.� He went 0-for-4 at the plate.� Kevin Melillo and Pedro Ciriaco each had a single and a double in the game.

The win gives the Indians a 57-55 record, and puts them 10 games behind the first-place Columbus Clippers in the International League West Division.� The Indians are 3.5 games behind the second-place Louisville Bats, with whom they are also vying for a wild-card spot in the playoffs.

Indians’ Hitting Gems of the Game:� John Bowker and his 3 hits in his debut — an RBI single in the 1st inning rally, then doubles in the 3rd and the 5th.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game:� The double play started by Pedro Ciriaco at short, which got Joe Martinez out of a bases-loaded jam in the 8th.

NOTES:

The Indians have a scheduled day off on Wednesday.� They will travel to Durham next, for a 4-game series with the Bulls.

Go Tribe!

(photo by Nancy)

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