The Indianapolis Indians have now won 12 of their last 16 games after a 7-2 come-from-behind win last night against the Rochester Red Wings at Victory Field. The Tribe over came an early 2-0 deficit, while avoiding any major precipitation from the ominous clouds that covered downtown Indianapolis the entire evening.
The Red Wings have had a rough go of it lately as they stumbled into the Circle City after losing three of four games against the Louisville Bats, including back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday when they lost 16-3, and 16-5 respectively.
After having their collective rear-end handed to them, it was a bit of a surprise when Rochester scored a run in the first after their leadoff man, and second basemen, Matt Tolbert started the contest with a triple. Tolbert then scored on a two-out single to right field off the bat of the Red Wings third basemen Luke Hughes.
The visitors added a second run in the third inning; again, after Hughes hit a two-out single. He then stole second and made his way home on a double from center fielder Dustin Martin. The two runs were all Indians starter Daniel McCuthchen (5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 SO) would allow the Red Birds to dig up as he won his second Triple-A victory–McCuthchen started the 2010 season in the Majors as Pittsburgh Pirates fifth starter–of the year moving his record to 2-1 on the season.
|Video highlights of the Indianapolis Indians come-from-behind win Monday night at Victory Field against the Rochester Red Wings. The Tribe won 7-2 in downtown Indianapolis.|
On the bump opposite McCutchen was the often pounded Glen Perkins (5.1 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) for Rochester. Perkins entered Monday night’s game with a mark of 0-3 and a 10.90 ERA, not bad if it’s your SAT score…not good when it is your earned run average. Despite his early season issues, Perkins kept the Indians at bay through four innings of solid work. The few times the Tribe got a man on, the momentum was soon squashed with a double play.
As the rain clouds crept closer and closer, it seems as though one small nimbus had broken free from the pack and took up residence over Perkins head on the mound as the Indians loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. With the sacks packed it was time to attack and Indians shortstop Brian Friday lead the charge with a bases-clearing triple. Friday then trotted home on a sacrifice fly from center fielder Jose Tabata.
Asked after the game on what was going through his mind just before hitting the 3 RBI triple Friday said, “I just wanted to stay on the ball. He had thrown me mostly away so I wanted to stay on the ball and relax and see it. I wanted to put a good swing on it if it was there – and it was there.”
Friday then went on to talk about the team’s comeback in the game. “We just don’t panic. I think we have a lot of confidence in our offense. Guys have been swinging the bats well and we know the pitching and the bullpen can pick us up if need be,” he said.
Already with a 4-2 lead after five innings the Indians came back for more in the home half of the sixth. The party got started when third basemen Pedro Alvarez walked and advanced to second on a bunt by right fielder Brandon Jones, who ended up safe at first on a throwing error by Perkins. Indians left fielder Brandon Moss laid down a sharp bunt right at the Rochester third basemen that moved Alvarez to third but allowed Jones to be thrown out at second on a force. With men at the corners and one out, catcher Luke Carlin doubled to center field that plated both Alvarez and Moss.
That closed the book on Perkins, and while you could feel bad for Perkins and his woeful start to the 2010 season, your pity should really fall to the water-jug and paper cups Perkins destroyed in the dugout after getting the hook. Unfortunately for the Red Wings, it was Perkins best performance all year.
The Tribe added one more in the sixth when DH Eric Kratz doubled to bring home Carlin.
With the damage done it was time to get the game in the books. With yet another impressive performance from the Indians bullpen, Anthony Claggett (3.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 SO) finished off the Red Wings to earn his first save of the season.
The Indians and Red Wings go at it again in game two of this four-game series tonight at Victory Field. The action starts Tuesday, May 11 at 7:00 p.m as RHP Brad Lincoln is expected to get the nod for Indianapolis and RHP Jeff Manship is the probable starter for Rochester.
The game can be heard on Indianapolis radio station WXLW-950 AM , or watched live on Comcast and Bright House Networks digital channel 81 with Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley giving you the play-by-play. The pre-game show on WXLW-950 AM begins at 6:40 p.m
EXTRA GAME NOTES
- Indianapolis Indians starting pitcher Jeremy Powell was named the International League ‘Pitcher of the Week” after winning pair of starts for the Tribe from May 3 through May 9. He threw 7.0 scoreless innings two Mondays ago against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a 4-1 win. Powell then came home to Indianapolis and got his second W of the week against the Buffalo Bisons where he went 6.0 innings allowing three runs–only one earned– and getting the 5-4 decision.
- The Indianapolis Indians are now 17-14 on the season and three games above .500 for the first time in over two seasons.
- The Indians remain .5 a game ahead of Toledo and 3.5 games behind Columbus for second place in the International League West Division.