(Photo: Alex Presley)
Owens got into trouble again in the top of the 6th. Snyder led off with a single looped into left-center field. Owens walked Reimold on four pitches, then DH Rhyne Hughes lifted a long fly ball just barely over the right-center field wall for a 3-run homer, giving the Tides a 6-0 lead. Owens got the next two batters to ground out to Chase d’Arnaud at short, then he gave up a single to Davis (his third of the game). That was all for Owens, who had allowed all 6 runs on 9 hits and one walk, with 2 strikeouts, in his 5.2 innings. He had thrown 92 pitches for 60 strikes.
Chris Leroux came on in relief for Owens. He gave up a liner into left center to Henson, the first batter he faced. Then in the middle of Adams’ at-bat, Davis was picked off second base and got into an odd run-down. C Jason Jaramillo fired down to second base, catching Davis too far off to get back, then when Davis tried to go to third, d’Arnaud threw to 3B Brian Friday, who came at Davis and swiped at him — but missed the tag. Davis danced away, then headed for third again. Friday tossed to Leroux, who had moved over to cover, and Davis ran right into Leroux, who did not miss.
Meanwhile, the Indians’ batters were not doing much hitting. Presley extended his hitting streak to 6 games with a line drive single into left-center field in the bottom of the 1st, and he advanced to second base on a passed ball. He was left on base when Hague popped up for the third out.
The Indians had two runners on base in the 2nd inning. Andrew Lambo opened the inning with a line drive into the right field corner for a double. Jaramillo walked, but a strikeout and two fly outs ended the inning. Lambo did reach third base after tagging up on the first fly out, but that was as far as he got. He reached third base again in the 4th inning, when he walked, moved to second base on a wild pitch, and advanced to third on a ground out. Another ground out ended that inning with Lambo still on third.
The Tribe put two more runners on base in the 5th. With one out, Gorkys Hernandez lined a single into left. He stole second base, and might have even been able to try for third, but Hernandez did not see the throw from C Craig Tatum sail into center field because it happened behind him. By the time Hernandez figured out why his coaches were yelling, it was too late to make the try for third. D’Arnaud was hit by a pitch, and both he and Hernandez advanced one base on a slowly rolling grounder to short by Ciriaco. But both were left stranded when Presley flied out.
Those were the last Indians’ batters to reach base in the game. The Tribe batters were retired in order for the rest of the game — three innings by reliever Mark Hendrickson and one by Alberto Castillo. Tides’ starter Chorye Spoone earned the win.
After Chris Leroux finished the 6th, he returned to pitch both the 7th and 8th innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the 7th. Adams lined a single into center field, then kept going to second base when Hernandez had trouble fielding the ball. After a ground out, Leroux walked both Snyder and Reimold (full counts for both) to load the bases. He struck out Hughes, though, then got a grounder to short for the force out at second to escape without a run scoring. Leroux gave up a lead-off single in the 8th, but also left him on base.
Jose Ascanio (photo) pitched the 9th inning, making his third appearance for the Indians. He got a fly out and a strike out, then walked Reimold before ending the inning with another fly out.
Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game: Andrew Lambo’s line drive double in the 2nd inning, which was the Tribe’s only extra-base hit of the game.
Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: In the top of the 3rd, Adams led off with a smash line drive that looked like it was heading for left field. SS Chase d’Arnaud went to his right and made the backhanded catch while horizontal in the air on a dive for the out.
The Indians and the Tides will wrap up this 4-game series tomorrow.
Josh Harrison (photo) was coaching at first base tonight. He left yesterday’s game in the first inning when he got hurt coming out of the batter’s box. He was checked out, and has a groin strain. He was placed onto the 7-day Disabled List, and will be reevaluated in a few days.
The Pirates have designated OF John Bowker for assignment, because they needed room on the 40-man and the active rosters for newly acquired Xavier Paul. They are hoping that Bowker is not claimed off waivers, so that they can keep him in the organization and send him to Indianapolis. That would cause some reshuffling of the Indians’ roster.
(Photos by Nancy)