Indy ingnites for 13-runs in win
Indianapolis did all the damage they needed in the second inning Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field rolling to a, 13-4, win over the Bisons.
Eight of the 13 runs the Indians scored came in the second inning against starter Josh Stinson. John Bowker’s double down the right-field line got the inning started and he quickly moved to third on a ground ball from Matt Hague. Hague was safe on first due to an error by Valentino Pascucci. Andrew Lambo grounded to Pascucci who attempted to get Bowker at the plate. All runners reached safely and Bowker scored the Indians first run of the inning. Eric Fryer kept the hits coming with his second homerun of the season plating three-runs.
The second inning didn’t end there as the Tribe batted around filling the bases in the process. With one out Bowker came to the plate for the second time in the inning and hit his second double of the game clearing the bases and making it, 8-0.
“Stinson just wasn’t on today, he just didn’t have great stuff,” manager Tim Teufel said. “Our defense let him down a bit as well so just a bad day all around.
Starter Josh Stinson gave up eight earned runs to the Indians earlier this season on May 17 in a 4.2 inning start. He left Tuesdays gave after 1.1 innings and giving up eight runs, seven earned.
The Herd cut the deficit in half in the third inning after Michael Fisher singled in Luis Hernandez and Lucas Duda hit a three-run homerun. It was Duda’s ninth homerun of the season and sixth in the last 11 games. Duda moved his hitting streak to seven games while going two-for-four.
“Once you give up a big eight run inning early in the game, now you’re scrapping just trying to claw your way back in it,” said Teufel.
The Bisons bullpen kept Indianapolis off the board retiring 19 straight batters and keeping the Tribe within striking distance.
The Bisons used four relievers including Brian Sweeny, Justin Hampson, Mike O’Connor and Taylor Tankersley. Sweeny did the bulk of the work, getting the Bisons out of the second and throwing two more shut-out innings.
The Herd didn’t give up a hit until the ninth inning when Tribe relief pitcher Chris Leroux singled into left-field to start the inning against Tankersley.
Following Leroux’s single Indianapolis tacked on five runs in the ninth inning to take a, 13-4, lead. Bowker hit his third double and notched his fourth RBI of the game. The Tribe batted around the order in the second and the ninth inning.
Teufel said that the loss couldn’t be blamed on anything but the team’s inability to execute pitches, play good defense and get timely hitting.
“The way we played tonight near the end was pretty sloppy and for me it was unacceptable,” said Teufel.
Game Notes: Josh Stinson gave up seven earned runs in his start, second only to the eight he gave up against the same Indianapolis team on May 17…Lucas Duda stayed hot hitting his team leading ninth homerun in the third inning and plating three RBI to bring his total to 13 in the last11 games…The Bisons bullpen shut down the Tribe retiring 19 straight batters after relieving Sweeny in the second inning, reliever Chris Leroux ended the hitless streak with a single in the ninth.