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Indians Invite IPS Students to Victory Field Day Game

In the latest example of their hot and cold play, the Indianapolis Indians followed up their 9-4 victory on Tuesday night with an anemic offense performance Wednesday, as they lost the second of a two game series with the Columbus Clippers 6-1. While it was yet another gorgeous day at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis, the major storyline is not what the Indy Indians did on the field, but rather what they were doing off of it.

Wednesday’s day game marked the first of three “Baseball in Education Days” presented by IUPUI that the Tribe will host. The goal of the BIE games is to present education in Indianapolis to students of the Indianapolis Public School system in a manor that both engages and entertains.

Indianapolis children participating in the BIE program at Victory Field are given questionnaire booklets as they enter the stadium which are filled with game related questions that call upon the student’s learning skills in subjects like math, science and social studies. Each booklet is created in conjunction with the Indiana Department of Education to guarantee the subject matter is pertinent.

What results is over 6,000 surrounding area students having fun in the sun, and getting school work done. Baseball in Education is just one of the many Indianapolis community outreach programs the Indians involve themselves with here in the Circle City.

As for the game itself, Indians right-handed starting pitcher Jeremy Powell (4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) was saddled with his third loss of the season, moving his overall record to 0-3. Powell got into trouble in the third inning after Columbus’ catcher–and Cleveland Indians #1 prospect–Carlos Santana fouled a 1-0 pitch off his right ankle that left him lying in a heap of humanity on top of home plate. Santana had to be helped off the field, causing much concern in Columbus and Cleveland. At the moment, his injury is being called a knee bruise.

Santana’s replacement, Damaso Espino, came in cold off the bench, but didn’t have to lift his bat off his shoulder as Powell walked him on three straight pitches. Making Powell pay, was the next Clippers batter, right fielder–and reigning International League MVP–Shelly Duncan, who launched a 2-run home run out to the lawn in right center.

The Tribe got one run back in the bottom of the fourth after DH Brian Myrow doubled, and later scored on a single from third basemen Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez went 1-4 on the day, which brings his batting average up to .255 on the year. While Alvarez has been touted for his power hitting, these last two games have been filled with several outstanding defensive plays by the third basemen. If he continues such play at the hot corner, his stay in Indianapolis might not be that long.

The winning pitcher in today’s contest was Columbus right-hander Jeanmar Gomez (5.2 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO), who is now 1-1 on the season.

The Clippers added three runs in the fifth inning, and one more run in the seventh for good measure to spilt the two-game series in the Indiana capital city. The win also evens the season series between the two IL West Division rivals at 3-3. The Clippers leave town with an overall record of 9-5,–best in the West–as our home town Hoosier hardballers fall to 5-9, and find themselves in last place in their division.

Extra Game Notes

Indianapolis Indians right fielder Jose Tabata snapped his career-long 11 game hit streak on Wednesday. However, he did reach safely on a fielder’s choice to continue his on-base streak, which is now at 12 games. Tabata also stole his International League leading eight base in Wednesday’s game.

It was fun while it lasted, but Indians shortstop Argenis Diaz, and more specifically his fantastic fielding ability, have been called up to play with the big boys in Pittsburgh. When Diaz puts on a Pirates uniform, it will mark his major league debut.

Thrusday’s Game a Must See

Video of Louisville Bats starting pitcher Aroldis Chapmen from the Cincinnati Reds 2010 spring training. Chapmen will be on hill for the Bats when they face the Indy Indians at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis Thursday night.

No matter if you’re a Tribe season-ticket holder, or only get out to Victory Field a few times a year, Thursday’s Indians game is a must attend Indianapolis event for all Indianapolis sports fans as the Louisville Bats come to town for a three-game series. Louisville is the triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. The  main reason Thursday’s game is going to be one of the best things to do in Indianapolis is because the Reds multi-million dollar man is going to be pitching for the visiting squad.

Cuban defector, and resident 100+mph fastball left hander, Aroldis Chapmen is getting a few starts under his belt before the big league club calls him up for good. This will most likely be the only time that Chapmen will face the Indians in Indianapolis, so get your tickets early. To purchase tickets for Thursday, or any Indy Indians game, visit their online ticket window here.

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