They say hitting is contagious. Never has that been more evident than Monday night at Victory Field, for both teams.
After starting pitcher Dana Eveland gave up one run in the top of the first inning, the Indians scored four times in the bottom half of the inning. The first five batters all reached base; Alex Presley, Jeff Clement, and Jason Jaramillo all doubled for the Indians.
In the bottom of the second inning, Eveland and Kevin Melillo both grounded out to start the inning. With two outs Aki Iwamura, Presley, and Clement hit back to back to back singles. Brandon Moss then hit a two run homer for the third and fourth runs of the inning.
At the end of two innings the Indians had scored eight runs on nine hits. That’s a lot more in two innings than they have done in a lot of games recently.
Jim Negrych and Argenis Diaz were the only two position players that didn’t have at least one hit after two innings. Diaz did single in the third inning, while Negrych doubled in the fifth.
Presley, Clement, and Moss already all had two hits.
Presley went 5-5 and has now hit safely in 11 straight games, hitting .488 (21-43) during that stretch.
The only negative early on was that Eveland didn’t last long enough to pick up that elusive first win in an Indians uniform. On a fairly strict pitch count, he had already thrown 62 pitches (36 for strikes) in 3.1 innings. He left with an 8-3 lead, but didn’t pitch the necessary five innings to qualify for the win. He was long gone by the time the game got real exciting.
Brian Bass came in for relief of Eveland, pitching 3.0 innings, giving up three earned runs.
Then things got interesting.
Danny Moskos came in with one out in the seventh inning for Bass with a runner on first. He gave up a single to Domonic Brown, then a single to John Mayberry that scored Chris Aguila. A single by Neil Sellers scored Brown, making it an 8-7 game. After a bloop single to right field that resulted in a force out at second, Moskos got Dane Sardinha to fly out to right field, ending the top of the seventh.
In that top half of the seventh inning, the Iron Pigs put nine guys to the plate, scoring four runs on six hits. After leading 8-1 after two innings, the Indians were now staring at an 8-7 score.
In the Indians half of the seventh, Moss and Negrych walked to lead off the inning. Moss was thrown out at home trying to score on a great throw by Domonic Brown. Argenis Diaz then grounded into a double play to kill the scoring threat.
Wil Ledezma came in to pitch the eighth inning. He struck out two batters but, more importantly, gave up zero runs. He now has an ERA of 0.99 on the season and has not given up an earned run since May 30th.
Jean Machi came in the game in the ninth inning and immediately put himself in a bad spot. He gave up a single to Brown to lead off the inning, then a double off the left field wall to Mayberry. After getting Sellers to ground out, Machi intentionally walked Paul Hoover to load the bases. He then struck out Sardinha for the second out.
Bases loaded, two outs. With the count 2-2, Machi gave up a three run triple to Brian Bocock.
In the bottom of the ninth, Iron Pig Antonio Bastardo retired the Indians in order to preserve the 10-8 comeback win.
The two teams combined for 18 runs on 33 hits.
After this bad loss, the Indians will try to redeem themselves on Tuesday night against the Iron Pigs. Tickets can be purchased here.
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