It was all but over early at Victory Field last night in downtown Indianapolis as the Tribe jumped out to a big lead and let their pitching staff do the rest. The Indianapolis Indians took it to the Columbus Clippers all day and walked away with an important 7-2 win. The difference maker for Indy was designated hitter Brandon Jones, who went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and an RBI double to lead the way.
For the second day in a row, the Hoosier-hardballers jumped to an early second inning lead. The action started when third basemen Pedro Alvarez singled to right field to leadoff the inning. Indianapolis center fielder Jonathan Van Every–who is back with the Tribe after a month long run with the Boston Red Sox–singled to right field as well before catcher Eric Kratz grounded into a fielder’s choice that leftt Van Every out at second. With men on the corners and a 2-2 count at the plate, DH Jones ripped a no-doubter over the right field fence. The three run blast would have been enough for the win, but Jones and his teammates were far from done.
Apparently the Tribe thought the three spot they put on the scoreboard looked so nice they decided to do it twice. In the bottom of the third, the Indy Indians went from the power game to delighting their Circle City fans with some good old-fashioned small ball.
|Video of Indy Indians 7-2 win over the Columbus Clippers Saturday night at Victory Field in downtown Indianapolis. The Tribes DH Brandon Jones had his best hitting performance of the season with a three-run homer and an RBI double.|
Indianapolis left fielder Brandon Moss got the party started as he lead off the inning with a double to deep center. First basemen Brian Myrow singled to right field, which left men on the corners and no one out. A second single from Alvarez lead to the first run of the inning, while Myrow to second and Columbus pitching coach Charlie Nagy to the mound for a visit with distressed Clipper pitcher Jeanmar Gomez (4.0 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO).
Whatever Nagy had to say didn’t seem to register with Gomez as the next hitter Van Every singled to center to load the bases. Kratz grounded into a double play that scored Myrow and moved Alvarez to third, but the home team was not done. Jones stepped to the plate once again and hit a solid double to the gap in right-center as Alvarez trotted home to stake the Indians to a 6-0 lead.
The Indians bid for a third straight shut out came to an end as Columbus finally cracked the score sheet in the top of the fourth inning. Former Indians infielder Brian Bixler tripled to left center to start off the inning and scored on a single off the bat of Columbus catcher Carlos Santana.
Defensively, the Tribe was able to end the inning with no further damage after starting pitcher Daniel McCutchen (5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 SO) induced a pop out from Clippers first basemen Wes Hodges for out number one. Indianapolis shortstop Argenis Diaz grabbed a line drive up the middle off the bat of left fielder Jordan Brown, and doubled Santana off at first to end the inning. Diaz had to move quickly to his left to grab the line drive behind second base, it was one of two great fielding highlights from Diaz on the day.
The visiting Clippers added one more run in the top of the fifth inning when right fielder Chris Gimenez lead off the frame with a double, moved to third on a single from DH Nick Welglarz and scored on a sacrifice fly from short stop Anderson Hernandez. The run ran the score to 6-2, which is where it would stay until the bottom of the seventh when the Tribe put the cherry on top of their Saturday sundae.
Once again it was Alvarez who got at all going when he lead off the home half of the seventh with a deep double that hit off the center field wall 408 feet from the plate, the drive just missed being a home run by a few inches. The super-slugging third basemen moved to third on a ground out from Van Every and scored on a sacrifice fly form Kratz. Brandon Jones rolled one to first basemen Hodges to end the inning.
The Indianapolis Indians bullpen continued its strong showings over the last month and change as right-handers Steven Jackson (0.2 IP, 0 R), Brian Bass (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO) and Anthony Claggett (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 SO), and left-handed Wil Ledezma (1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 SO) held the Columbus to only two hits over 3.2 scoreless innings of work. That is getting it done.
With the win, McCutchen moves to 3-3 on the season as the Clippers Gomez slides to 3-6 this year. With a second victory in as many days, the Tribe moves to 30-26 and the Clippers fall to a mark of 35-22.
The two teams get an early start on Sunday as the play game three of the four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. June, 6, 2010, as right-hander Hayden Penn is expected to toe the rubber for the Tribe, as the right-handed Yohan Pino is the probable starter for the Clippers.
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 1:40 p.m
EXTRA GAME NOTES
- To the delight of Indianapolis sports fans all over Indiana, the Tribe has cut the Clippers lead to 4.5 games in the International League’s West Division. The third-place Indians are now just one game behind the Toledo Mud Hens for second place in the division as Toledo plays the Rochester Red Birds in upstate New York.
- Brand Jones offensive explosion was easily his best day at the dish all season. His home run was the third of the year form him and his 4 RBI brings his season total 13.
- Before the game, the Indianapolis Indians signed autographs for fans who lined up early to meet their favorite players.
- Last night’s win at moved Indianapolis to four games over .500 for the first time all season.