Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bisons Get Tomahawked - The Recaps

The Herd dropped 3 of 4 to the Indians this week. In related observations, the Indy Indians have the least offensive Native American themed mascot and logo. So, that's something to be proud of.

Anyways, let's get right to the painful recaps.

Game 1:

Moises Sierra opened the scoring in the top of the 1st with a solo HR to CF. Good start. Too bad it would not last.

In the home half, Jared Goedert drove in 2 on a single, Brett Carroll drove in another on a double (almost 2, as Goedert was thrown out at the plate by the Langerhans/Goins relay), then Tony Sanchez smacked an opposite field 2-run HR to make it 5-1 Indians.

The Bisons would get 1 back in the 3rd on a Negrych single, scoring Ryan Goins. Negrych was out at 2nd base trying to take an extra base. The Indians got it right back in the home half with a Tony Sanchez RBI single.

The game went on official Blown The Fuck Out status in the 4th, as Miguel Batista got chased after the first 2 batters singled. Bobby Korecky came in and immediately gave up an RBI 2B, then a 2-run single, then an RBI ground out made it 10-2 Indians.

The Bisons would attempt to claw back starting right away with back-to-back solo HR from Thole and LaRoche in the 5th. That would be all the scoring on the night though as the bullpens shut it down.

No multi-hit games for the Herd tonight.

Top prospect Garret Cole went for the Indians and threw 6 innings, giving up 3 HR and striking out 5. He wasn't he usual dominant self.

Game 2:

The scoring took a little longer to get underway in this one, as the Bisons didn't score in the 1st. The Indians sure did. An RBI single from Matt Hague, and RBI 2B from Goedert, and a 2-run HR from Carroll made it 4-0 Indians early.

Negrych singled in a run in the 3rd to attempt the beginning of a comeback and in the top of the 5th, the Herd would make it back. McCoy would score on a wild pitch to make it 4-2, the Negrych would drive in a run on a ground out, and Gose would score on another wild pitch, tying it at 4. Luis Jimenez would follow would a 2-run smash to the opposite field to put the Bisons up 6-4.

It didn't last.

In the home half, Dave Bush became unglued. Lead-off HR from Ivan DeJesus, single, RBI 2B from Josh Harrison, RBI 3B from Felix Pie, RBI 2B from Hague, pitching change. Chad Beck would not help. RBI 2B from Goedert, 2-run HR from Carroll. 11-6 Indians.

Clint Everts came on in the 7th for the Bisons and fell apart. The inning went fly out, walk, fly out, walk, passed ball, walk, walk, pitching change. Juan Perez came on and walked the next batter, and gave up a RBI single. 14-6 Indians. Moises Sierra added a HR in the 9th to make it 14-7.

Multi-hit games from Jim Negrych (2-4, BB), Moises Sierra (2.5, HR), and Ryan Goins (2-3, BB). Felix Pie went 4-4 with a walk and 2 SB for the Indians.

Game 3:

The Bisons would get on the board early thanks to a passed ball scoring McCoy, then they stole a run as Moises Sierra took home as Mauro Gomez was getting gunned down at 2B on a steal attempt. 2-0 Herd early. They would need it as Ricky Romero was making his 2nd Triple-A start.

Ricky looked OK in the home half. Soft ground out, single, double play and Romero makes quick work of the Indians. In the bottom of the 2nd, Romero would issue a lead off walk that would come around to score on a Tony Sanchez single, then a Velez throwing error would allow 2 runners to score. 3-2 Indians.

The Bisons would continue to get help from the defense of the Indians as Mike McCoy would score on a throwing error by Tony Sanchez as McCoy stole 3rd. 3-3, tie game.

Romero would have a rough 3rd, but after walking 3 with a wild pitch mixed in he would escape without damage. After walking another in the 4th, Romero's day was over and it wasn't pretty. 3.2 IP, 4 H, 6 BB.

The Indians would take the lead in the 5th on a Hague RBI double, but the Bisons would strike in the 6th.

With recently demoted Duke Welker on the hill, Velez would welcome him back with a solo HR to tie the game back at 4. In the 7th, Jimenez would drive a RBI triple to CF, followed by a Gomez RBI single to put the Herd up 6-4.

The bullpen took over as Jeremy Jeffress would pitch clean 7th and 8th innings for the Bisons and former top prospect Tim Alderson (a highly regarded Giants prospect traded for Freddy Sanchez) shut the Bisons down in the 8th and 9th. Neil Wagner came on and did what he does, shut down the opposition and get the save.

Luis Jimenez had the only multi-hit game for the Bisons (2-4, 3B).

Game 4:

Looking for the series draw, the Bisons sent Justin Germano to the hill. Germano would have the best pitching performance for the Bisons in the series, throwing 7 innings and giving up just a pair of runs. Would it be enough?

The Bisons got on the board first on an error in the 2nd inning which allowed Jimenez to score.

Goedert would tie it in the home half on a lead off HR. Fast forward to the 7th and Jerry Sands smacked a RBI triple to put the Indians up 2-1. That's how it ended. Excellent pitching from both sides in this one.

Brandon Cumpton got the start for the Indians and went 6, allowing just a single unearned run while striking out 7. He only allowed 2 hits, but walked 4.

Series Stars:

3rd Star: Mike McCoy. 3-7, 3 BB, 2 SB

2nd Star: Luis Jimenez. 4-15, 3 BB, 3 RBI, HR, 3B

1st Star: Moises Sierra. 4-17, BB, 2 HR, SB

Next up are the Knights.

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