Originally posted on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 7/21/12

Game 1:  Toledo Mud Hens  3,  Indianapolis Indians  1



Rudy Owens pitched all 6 innings, but took the loss.

Doubles figured big in the scoring in the first game of today’s double header at Fifth Third Field in Toledo, Ohio.  Each team collected 3 doubles, though the Mud Hens made better use of them than the Indians did.  Both starting pitchers threw complete 7-inning games.

The game began with 4.5 scoreless innings, and each team posting one hit.  Tribe starter Rudy Owens had two innings in which he retired the Mud Hens in order, and two innings in which he had to work out of jams.  The bottom of the 2nd began with a double by DH John Lindsey.  Owen’s wild pitch allowed Lindsey to move to third base, but Owens halted him there.  Two ground outs, one to third and one to second, did not let Lindsey score, then a third ground out ended the inning.

The Mud Hens’ 3rd inning rally was an even bigger jam.  2B Matt Young left off with a walk, then advanced to second base on a balk.  A ground out pushed Young over to third base.   He tried to score from third on CF Justin Henry’s ground out to first, but 1B Matt Hague’s throw back to home let C Tony Sanchez tag out Young at the plate.  Sanchez ended the inning with another smart play, throwing out Henry as he tried to steal second base.

The Indians put only two runners on base in those first 4.5 innings, but had the same results.  Matt Hague reached base on a fielding error by Young to lead off the 2nd.  He was immediately erased in a double play.  Hague also led off the top of the 5th, this time with the Indians’ first hit of the game, beating out the throw on a grounder to third, for an infield hit.  Unfortunately, another timely double play removed Hague from the bases again.

Chase d’Arnaud scored the Indians’ only run.

Toledo finally got onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the 5th.  With one strike out, Owens hit 1B Danny Dorn with a pitch.  C Bryan Holaday doubled into right field, moving Dorn to third.  After a second strikeout, 3B Audi Ciriaco (brother of the former Indy Indian Pedro Ciriaco) singled through the left side of the infield, driving in Dorn from third.  Holaday also tried to score on the play.  The throw in from LF Starling Marte came in to the first-base side of the plate, but Tony Sanchez was able to make the catch and hop back the two steps to the plate in time.  Holaday came in fast and hard and tried to bowl over Sanchez.  Unlike a few days ago, this time Sanchez was able to hold onto the ball as he was knocked back, and Holaday was out.  Toledo took a 1-0 lead.

The Indians got the run back in the bottom of the frame.  With two out, 2B Anderson Hernandez lifted a double into right field.  SS Chase d’Arnaud drove in Hernandez with a second double, this one ripped into left field.  That tied the score at 1-1.

The Mud Hens got going again in the bottom of the 6th.  With one out, former Indy Indian SS Argenis Diaz doubled into left field.  RF Ben Guez took a triple into the right field corner, driving in Diaz with the go-ahead run.  After a walk to Lindsey, LF Jerad Head lined a single into right field, scoring Guez from third with an insurance run.

The Tribe did not force the Hens to use that insurance run.  With two outs in the top of the 7th, the Indians threatened on a double by 3B Yamaico Navarro and a single by Sanchez, giving the Tribe runners on the corners.  But a fly out ended the inning without another run scoring and the Mud Hens had taken the first game.

The Indians put up 5 hits in this game.  Three were doubles, by Chase d’Arnaud,  Yamaico Navarro, and Anderson Hernandez.  Matt Hague’s and Tony Sanchez’s hits were both singles.

Rudy Owens pitched all 6 innings, allowing the 3 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 4 strikeouts.  He threw 109 pitches (66 strikes) in what turned out to be his 5th loss of the season.


Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game:  Back-to-back doubles by Anderson Hernandez and Chase d’Arnaud in the top of the 6th, giving the Indians their only run in the game.

Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game:  Starling Marte’s throw in from left field in the bottom of the 5th, with Tony Sanchez making the catch, getting to the plate, and withstanding a crash by Bryan Holaday, to make the out on Holaday.



Game 2:  Indianapolis Indians





Just inside LF line scoring Boggs and Fryer


botom of 5th  Morris tries an over the shoulder catch of a pop up; behind the mound.  Navarro picks it up and makes the play (force) at second.  RUnner on third doesnt go?!?

Bloop single for Guez in bottom 7, when the ball twisted foul behind first.  Friday overran it as he tried for a sliding catch, and the ball bounced behind him.  DP followed.



2 run double broke it open:  we just needed a little breK AND T







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