Big blasts lift Bisons, Misch
In an early start on Thursday the Bisons hammered out 15-runs to beat Indianapolis for only the second time this year, 15-2, at Coca-Cola Field.
With the Bisons leading, 11-2 in the ninth inning Indians reliever Dan Meyer walked the bases loaded and was ejected after hitting Jesus Feliciano. Meyer was replaced on the mound by second basemen Shelby Ford.
Fords first batter was Luis Hernandez who wasted no time in hitting the second pitch Ford tossed him over the left-field wall for his first grand-slam of the season. It was the third homerun of the game for the Bisons.
“I just tried to hit the ball and get a base hit, and the grand-slam happened,” said Hernandez.
The Bisons scored five of their nine runs in the third inning. Indians starter Sean Gallagher walked Luis Figueroa to leadoff the inning and followed that by giving up a single to Michael Fisher. Lucas Duda walked to fill the bases full of Bisons bringing Fernando Martinez to the plate.
Martinez slapped a ground ball to Indians first baseman John Bowker, which he threw away allowing Figueroa to score. Fisher followed Figueroa in to score the second run of the inning on the throwing error.
With runners on the corners Valentino Pascucci drilled a, 2-2, pitch over the left-field wall scoring three-runs and giving the Bisons a, 5-0, lead. The three runs brought Pascucci’s RBI total to 37, tying his total from the 2010 season.
Lucas Duda added two more runs on his seventh homerun since returning from the disabled list on May 28. In his last 14 games Duda has 11 extra-base hits with 13 runs scored.
The Herd started the scoring in the second inning getting two runs. After two singles, Hernandez drilled a ground rule double into center-field to score Martinez. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was forced to hold at third, but scored on an RBI ground-out by Raul Chavez.
“I try to put up zero’s no matter what the score is, I tried not to even think about the score, but when their putting up runs like that you tend to relax a bit more,” said Bisons starter Pat Misch
Misch went seven innings, giving up eight hits, and one run while striking out two. Misch was credited with his first win of the season. “He looks like he’s throwing the ball a lot better, keeping the ball down. Everything works off pitching at the knees for him and today he did a better job of that,” said manager Tim Teufel. In his five previous starts the Bisons scored first but then either gave up the lead or the tie in the next half inning. Misch broke that habit thanks in large part to Chavez.
With the bases loaded and just one out in the third inning, Chavez picked Chase d’Arnaud off second for the second out of the inning. Misch proceeded to get Alex Presley to ground out, ending the inning and keeping the Tribe off the board.
“The biggest play of the day was Chavez throwing the runner out at second base, you got bases loaded one out, a lot can go wrong there but with the way Chavez threw the ball down to second, he’s done a great job all year,” said Teufel.
Game Notes: Lucas Duda took his hit streak to eight-games with his two-run homerun in the fourth inning, it’s his seventh homerun since returning from the disabled list…Valentino Pascucci got his 37 RBI of the 2011 season tying his total from the 2010 season with a three-run homerun in the third inning…The Herd faced Shelby Ford in the eighth inning, Ford is a second basemen who came into pitch after Dan Meyer was ejected…Luis Herandez hit the Bisons second grand-slam of the 2011 season off of Ford.