In what is becoming an all to common trend with our Indianapolis sports baseball team, the Indians were only able to come up with one run as they lost to the visiting Louisville Bats, 7-1. The game Thursday night at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis had a great deal of buzz surrounding it due to a particular visiting Cuban defector. You weren’t expecting that now where you?
Aroldis Chapmen, a “22-year-old” ex-Cuban national who was signed by the Cincinnati Reds to a six-year, $30.25 million dollar contract in early January 2010, was shaky in his first two innings of work, but settled down to pick up his first career victory in professional baseball.
The Indianapolis Indians catcher Luke Carlin scored the Tribe’s only run of the game in the bottom of the second inning after hitting a double to center field. He then stole third, and score on an a wild throw from the Bats catcher Wilkin Castillio. Thats all she wrote for the Indy Indians run production on the night, which marks the third time in four games where the Hoosier hardballers mustered just one run.
Louisville’s catcher made good on his early error by hitting his first home run of the season the tie the contest 1-1 in the top of the third inning. Even after the Bats added two more runs in the fourth inning, the game remained close until the Louisville added one additional run in each of the sixth and seventh inning and two more in the eight.
The loss drops the Indianapolis Indians to 5-10 on the season, while Louisville improves to 7-8. The Bats now have a 2-1 advantage in the season series between the two squads.
Thursdays winner Chapmen (5.1 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 8 SO), showed off some of his athleticism when he slapped a single down the left field line in the fourth inning. As he made his way to first base he made a distinctive pointing gesture to the Bats dugout. When asked after the game what the signal was for, he said he was just getting back at teammates who gave him a hard time for striking out on three straight pitches in the second inning. He is now 1-1 in International League competition over three career starts.
The loss went to Indians pitcher Jeff Karstens (5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 SO), who is now 1-2 on the early season. Continuing to show impressive stuff from the mound, Indians closer Jean Machi (1.0 IP, 1 BB, 2 SO) worked yet another scoreless inning in the ninth. Jean “Macho Man” Machi has now thrown six scoreless innings this season and is yet to give up a run this season.
|The first of what should be many head-to-head battles between two of baseballs top prospects took place last night at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. The home team Indians third basemen Pedro Alvarez singled off of Louisville Bats Cuban-born pitcher Aroldis Chapmen.|
On a side note: Last night’s game marked the first time the Indy Indians power hitting top prospect, third basemen Pedro Alvarez, and Chapmen faced each other. These two ball players will more than likely see plenty of each other in their professional careers as they both play for National League Central Division foes. In the first ever matchup, Alvarez singled to center field. Chapmen came back with a three pitch strikeout in the fourth inning to even the score.
The Indians will finish up their first home stand of the season with a game Saturday Night at 7:00 p.m. at Victory Field and will as always, it is a must attend Indianapolis event.
Extra Game Notes
The Indianapolis Indians walked nine times in the Thursday night’s game. The Tribes nine walks is a season high.
Indians center fielder Jose Tabata kept his on base streak alive with a walk. He has now reached base safe in all 12 games he has played this season. His 12 game streak is a career high.