I-Tribe take finale, series
The Bisons dropped the final game of the series to Indianapolis, 12-6, at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night. It was the first time the Bisons have lost a Friday night bash since August 21, 2009 against Syracuse.
Indianapolis scored most of their runs in three’s in the second, fourth and eighth inning. The Tribe scored just one-run in the seventh and two-runs in the ninth to take a commanding lead, 12-4.
“They came out swinging, they did a good job of hitting mistake pitches and driving the ball,” said manager Tim Teufel.
The Indians plated three-runs in the second inning after Bisons starter Mark Cohoon walked the Tribes starting pitcher Rudy Owens with two outs. Chase d’Arnaud followed Owens with a three-run homerun into right-center-field. It was d’Arnaud’s fourth homerun of the 2011 season.
“d’Arnaud really jumped on that three-run homer, that really jet streamed out. I know he’s strong but I think the wind helped that one a little bit,” Teufel said.
The Bisons got in trouble again during the fourth inning by walking the leadoff batter Miles Durham. Durham scored on Eric Fryer’s double into left-field, and Fryer scored on Gorkys Hernandez’ single into center-field.
G. Hernandez moved to second on the throw from center-field to home, as the Bisons attempted to get Fryer. G. Hernandez moved to third on sacrifice bunt laid down by Owens, and then scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Brian Friday.
The Indians added a seventh run in the seventh-inning after John Bowker got in the hit column with a double and then scored on Durham’s infield single. Luis Hernandez made a great diving stop but the throw was late to first. Bowker never stopped running, going from second to home on the hit.
“We didn’t make good pitches, we didn’t execute and we paid the price for that early,” said Teufel. “Then they started not executing and we started getting hits, by the time you looked up there was 30 hits on the board. Not a good pitching night for either team.”
The Herd answered in the second-inning with one-run, and with two-runs in the fifth on a blast from Valentino Pascucci. The monster homerun left the park to the right of the giant HD scoreboard landing in the pre-game party pavilion.
It was Pascucci’s seventh homerun of the season; he went three-for-five with a single, double, and a homerun, just a triple shy of the cycle.
Indianapolis added three-runs in the eighth-inning to go ahead by seven; Alex Presley drove a double into left-field plating his 33 RBI of the season. Then in the ninth the Tribe scored two more runs on a single by d’Arnaud.
Luis Figueroa extended his hit streak to six-games while driving in his third RBI of the season in the eighth, bringing the Bisons within six. Pascucci came to the plate with the bases loaded after Michael Fisher walked and Luis Hernandez singled with two-outs. Pascucci flied out to end the rally.
The Herd continued to battle down eight-runs in the ninth-inning, getting their first two batters to second and third before Jason Botts singled them both in to cut the lead to six-runs with no outs.
“It’s the make-up of these guys there in the trenches, their gamers, they don’t take losing lightly,” Teufel said.
The Bisons couldn’t overcome the six-run deficit losing, 12-6, Friday night. Bisons starter Cohoon got the loss after pitching five innings, giving up six-hits, six-runs, three-walks, one-homerun and striking out three.
“The guys went out and they swung the bats pretty good tonight, a lot of hard hit balls, just one of those nights were we came up on the short side,” said Pascucci.
Game Notes: The Mets recalled Lucas Duda, he averaged .413 with seven homeruns and 15 RBI in his last 14 games with the Bisons…Indianapolis outscored the Herd, 48-34 in the eight games played both at Coca-Cola Field and Victory Field in Indianapolis…Valentino Pascucci homered for the second game in a row, it was his seventh homerun of the season and moved his RBI total to 39…The Bisons left 14 runners on base during Friday’s contest, both teams combined for 30 hits in the game.