• Indians Able to Ring Bell for First Time This Season

    April 12, 2011 No comments

    The Max Schumacher Victory Bell finally received its first workout as the Indianapolis Indians rang it for the first time this season defeating the Toledo Mud Hens 5-1 last night at Victory Field.

    After losing four close games to the Columbus Clippers in the opening series of the season, Indianapolis sent two time Pittsburg Pirates Minor League Pitcher of the Year Rudy Owens to the mound against the Mud Hens in what was his AAA debut.

    Owens was outstanding as he scattered seven hits over seven innings while striking out five and not walking a batter. The lefty’s lone mistake of the night was a solo home run to Mud Hens center fielder Clete Thomas in the second inning.

    The Thomas homer gave the Mud Hens a 1-0 lead which they held until the bottom of the sixth inning. That’s when the Tribe sent nine men to the plate and scored all five of their runs following a pattern set over the weekend where the Tribe scored most of their runs in the fifth inning or later.

    Gorkys Hernandez led off the bottom of the sixth legging out an infield single and would later steal second. One batter later, Hernandez moved to third on an Alex Presley single that put runners on the corners. Brendan Wise would then enter the game for the Mud Hens in relief of starting Pitcher Adam Wilk who gave up 6 hits and 2 runs in five and a third innings. Wise walked the first batter he faced in Andy Marte to load the bases and then walked Matt Hague to plate the first Indians run of the evening forcing in Hernandez.  Things would continue to go bad for the Mud Hens right hander as he would give up 3 more runs on only one hit in only a third of an inning pitched before Toledo manager Phil Nevin replaced Wise with Chris Oxpring. Oxpring promptly picked off Indians catcher Dusty Brown to end the inning.

    Following Owens excellent effort, the Tribe bullpen would shut the door with two scoreless frames of relief as left hander’s Joe Beimel and Dan Meyer held down the Toledo offense to give Owens and the Indians their first victory of the season. Toledo Starter Wilk took the loss.

    The Indians and Mud Hens wrap up their short two-game series on today with an Excellence in Education day game at 11:05 a.m. at Victory Field. LHP Andy Oliver is scheduled to start the series finale for Toledo, while LHP Brian Burres is expected to make his second start of the young season for Indianapolis.

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