Indians’ Late Rally Not Even Close

IMG_5400(Photo:  Pedro Ciriaco on first)

Burres gave up another 3 runs in the 4th inning.  After one out, the next five Norfolk batters reached base safely.  Harris lined a single into center field, just over the reach of the leaping 2B Pedro Ciriaco.  C Craig Tatum walked on 4 pitches, then CF Matt Angle drove a single past the diving Tribe 1B Matt Hague, scoring Harris from second base.  3B Blake Davis lined off the right field wall, bringing Tatum, but Wimberly played the bounce off the wall and fired back to second base, where d’Arnaud was able to tag out Davis as he tried to make his hit a double.  Adams grounded to deep short, and beat out the throw from d’Arnaud to Hague for another hit, allowing Angle to score.  Tides up, 6-0.  

Burres walked 1B Brandon Snyder to begin the 5th, then DH Nick Green doubled down the left field line and into the corner, past 3B Brian Friday’s dive.  At that point, Burres was replaced by Garrett Olson, who came into the game with two runners in scoring position and no outs.  The first batter Olson faced, RF Tyler Henson, lifted a sacrifice fly, plating Snyder, to push the score to 7-0.  

Olson gave up a single in the 6th, but kept that runner from scoring.  The 7th began with the first four Norfolk batters reaching base safely.  Green walked to begin the inning.  Henson ticked a hit off d’Arnaud’s glove and Harris followed with his third hit of the game to load the bases.  Tatum grounded off Ciriaco’s glove and into center field, driving in Green and Henson.  Angle’s grounder to second forced out Tatum, but there was not time to turn a double play, as the sliding Tatum disrupted d’Arnaud as he took the throw from Ciriaco.  Davis grounded to first, where Hague made the scoop and throw to second, forcing out Tatum, but again, the Indians could get only one out.  Olson walked Adams, then he was relieved by Tony Watson.  Watson finished the inning with a pop up to Hague in foul territory just beside first base, and the Tides had a 10-0 lead.

IMG_5405(Photo:  Chase d’Arnaud, Matt Hague, Pedro Ciriaco)

The Indians had managed only 2 hits after that first inning — a single by Ciriaco in the 2nd, and a single by DH Andy Marte in the 4th.  D’Arnaud had also walked in the 3rd inning, and all three were left on base.  Norfolk starter Ryan Drese retired the Indians in order in the 5th and 6th innings.  Finally, the Indians got to Drese in the 7th inning, when they answered the Tides’ 3 runs in the top of the 7th with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame.  The first 5 Tribe batters reached base to begin the frame.  C Jason Jaramillo led off with a double down the left field line, bouncing under the Indians’ bullpen bench.  Ciriaco knocked his second hit of the game into left field, moving Jaramillo to third base.  When the throw back into the infield from Reimold in left bounced wild, Ciriaco advanced to second on the error, though the ball ended up close to the third base line and Jaramillo could not advance.  Brian Friday brought in both Jaramillo and Ciriaco with a double off the top of the left field wall.  That sent Drese to the showers, and reliever Pat Egan came on.  He walked CF Gorkys Hernandez on 4 pitches, then hit Wimberly with a pitch, loading the bases with Indians.  D’Arnaud drove in Friday with a grounder right to 3B Davis, who had to take just a few steps to touch third base and force out Hernandez.  That was all the Indians could get, though, as a fly out and a strikeout out ended the rally.  The next 6 Indians went down in order to finish their scoring chances.

IMG_5409(Photo:  Garrett Olson)

Tony Watson gave up a walk in the 8th, but did not allow a run in that inning.  But he gave up an unearned run in the 9th.  Tatum reached base on an error when Hague dropped a high infield pop up.  Angle drove a sharp grounder off the tip of Hague’s glove just off first base, for a single, moving Tatum to third base.  Davis grounded to short for what should have been a double play, but d’Arnaud couldn’t find the handle on the ball, and everyone was safe, including Tatum, who scored the unearned run.  After a strikeout and a walk, a double play ended the inning.  

The Indians finished the game with 7 hits, and Ciriaco was the only Tribe hitter with 2 hits.  That increased his average to .139.

The Indians will begin a 4-game series with the Durham Bulls on Saturday.

Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game:  Brian Friday’s 2-RBI double off the top of the scoreboard wall in left field in the 7th inning.  It drove in the first two Indians’ runs.

Indians’ Defensive Gems of the Game:  Corey Wimberly made three outstanding plays in right field, where he has not been playing recently.  In the 1st inning, Wimberly made a leaping catch of Brandon Snyder’s fly ball.  In the 2nd, he charged in and made a running catch of a sinking liner off the bat of Tyler Henson.  Then in the 4th, with one run already in, Davis drove in a second run with a hit off the right field wall.  Davis was thinking that he had a double, but Wimberly had other ideas — and cut Davis down at second base with his third outfield assist of the season.  

C Wyatt Toregas was returned to the Indians’ active roster from the State College Spikes (which was only a move on paper anyway).  He takes the roster spot that was freed up when Josh Harrison went onto the DL.

Josh Harrison is doing better (groin pull) and is expected to be ready to return to activity when his 7-day stint on the DL is over.

Inf Josh Rodriguez, the Pirates’ Rule 5 Draft pick from last December, was DFA’ed a few days ago.  He passed through waivers and the Cleveland Indians have decided to take him back.  

Go Tribe!

(Photos by Nancy)

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