Indians Lose in Extras

The Indianapolis Indians Tuesday night game against the Rochester Red Wings was a classic case of coulda, woulda, shoulda. The Tribe could have won on several different occasions and would have won if not for some risky base running and I should be writing about their latest W at Victory Field, but this is why they play the game. The Tribe lost in extra-innings last night to the Red Wings 7-5.

Both teams received great pitching performances from their starters, but Rochester just seemed to have the more timely hits against Indianapolis starter Hayden Penn, (6.0 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6 SO) who was making his first ever appearance in an Indians jersey. Red Wings starter Jeff Manship (5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) baffled Indy bats throughout his five plus innings of work and left with a 3-2 lead. However, due to the late scoring form both squads, neither starter figured in Tuesday night’s decision.

Rochester got the scoring going in the first inning for the second consecutive day when leadoff hitter , and center fielder, Jason Repko singled on an infield hit and went on to steal second base to put himself in scoring position. Repko then made his way home on a single from shortstop Trevor Plouffe. One run was all the Red Wing could muster in the first frame and the game stood at 1-0 until the home half of the third inning when Indians  center fielder Jose Tabata scored from third on a balk from Manship. The Indians could have scored at least a second run in the inning but shortstop Brian Friday was thrown out at the plate on a questionable call to send him by Tribe manager Frank Kremblas.

Video highlights of the Indianapolis Indians 7-5 extra-innings loss to the Rochester Red Wings Tuesday night at VIctory Field in downtown Indianapolis.

The Circle City team had to play catch-up once again after the Red Wings plated two more runs in the top of the fifth inning, and did so with one run in each of their at bats in the fifth and sixth inning. Again the Hoosier hardballers could have put multiple runs on the board during the sixth inning, but a gutsy call one again by Kremblas to send a runner home from second on a single resulted in DH Brandon Jones being tagged out at the plate. Aggressive baseball is fun to watch, but is just as infuriating when it doesn’t pay off and ends up hurting the team, as was the case Tuesday night for the Indianapolis sports baseball franchise.

The two teams traded runs in the seventh inning to keep the contest tied and heading for extra innings. It didn’t take the visitors long to win after regulation since they put a three spot on the board off of Tribes closer Jean Machi who just didn’t have all of his stuff last night. The Macho Man almost turned an inning-ending double play on a ground ball up the middle. But the ball was hit behind Machi and after knocking it down, he just didn’t have the time to turn two as he only got the force out at second base.

The Red Wings added two more insurance runs in the top if the tenth with two outs to salt away their first victory in five games during their current road trip. The home team was able to score one more to bring the final tally to 7-5, but missed opportunities in the first nine innings paved the way for the resulitng loss in extras.

The two teams continue their four-game series on Wednesday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. as RHP Brad Lincoln is expected to get the nod for Indianapolis and RHP Matt Fox 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 12:40 p.m

The Indians are now 17-15 on the season while Rochester moves to 13-19 for the year.