July 22nd — It’s been eleven days now since third baseman Pedro Alvarez was reactivated from the DL by the Pittsburgh Pirates, only to find out that he was being optioned to the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. While he made it no secret to the Pirates Front Office that he was unhappy with the fact he was moved down, Alvarez continued to prove tonight why he deserves to be back in Black and Yellow with another stand-out game in Indianapolis, helping the Indians to a 5-4 victory in ten innings over the Rochester Red Wings at Victory Field.
Alvarez went 2-4 with a walk in the second, a strikeout in the sixth, a double on a line drive to right field in the eighth and a single to center field in the tenth, and ultimately scored the game-winning run on a Gorkeys Hernandez ground ball to right field. Since officially becoming a member of the Indians on July 11th, Pedro Alvarez has posted a .577 batting average with 11 singles, one double, two home runs, six walks, 11 strikeouts, five RBI’s and four runs scored.
After an uneventful inning and a half to start the game, Indianapolis jumped out to a big lead. The bottom of the second started off with a single to center field by Matt Hague, followed up by Pedro Alvarez taking a walk. Andy Marte was next up with a ground ball to center field, which saw him reach first and Hauge moving to third, and Alvarez being forced out at second on the fielder’s choice. Jason Jaramillo also hit a ground ball, this time to second, allowing himself to reach first while scoring Hauge. Marte was called out at second. Indy rallied with two outs in the form of back to back doubles to left field by Miles Durham and Gorkeys Hernandez, the latter scoring Jaramillo and Durham. Pedro Ceriaco grounded out to end the second inning, but the Indians had a commanding 3-0 lead over the Red Wings.
After the next three innings showed only two hits, both from Indians Miles Durham and Jordy Mercer, Rochester started to answer back. In the top of the sixth, leadoff hitter Brian Dinkelman made it to third on a fielding error by Miles Durham, and scored on a double by Brandon Roberts. Toby Gardenhire, who was walked earlier in the inning, then scored on a Matt Tolbert sacrifice fly, bringing the Red Wings within one of the Indians.
In the bottom of the inning, leadoff man Andy Marte was walked, and then moved to second on a single to right field by Jason Jaramillo. Miles Durham was next up to bat, and put down a sacrific bunt that moved Marte to single. Marte scored on the next at-bat via a single to third base by Gorkeys Hernandez, and put Indianapolis up 4-2 over Rochester going into the seventh.
In the top of the seventh, the Red Wings answered back again. Chase Lambin started off the inning with a single to center field. He was followed up by a double by Brian Dinkleman, which allowed Lambin to bring Rochester within one run of Indy. Dinkleman then moved to third on a throwing error by second baseman Jordy Mercer. Dinkleman then scored on a single to left field by Toby Gardenhire.
With the game tied up at four, both teams failed to plate a run by the end of the ninth, forcing the game to move into extra innings. In the top of the tenth inning, Rochester managed to get Brian Dinkleman on base via a walk, but he was stranded on base by three consecutive outs.
This left the door open for the Indians to take the win in the bottom of the tenth. Pedro Alvarez led off with a hard-hit single to center field and was moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Andy Marte. Looking to gain an advantage, Rochester closer Kyle Waldrop intentionally walked Dusty Brown, which brought up Gorkeys Hernandez. Hernandez proceeded to single to right field, which drove in Alvarez and gave Indianapolis a 5-4 win over Rochester.
With tonight’s win, the Indians move to 52-49 and are currently 12.5 games behind the International League West leading Columbus Clippers. However, they are only 4.5 games behind the Gwinnett Braves for the Wild Card. Indianapolis will be in action again tomorrow, July 23, for game two of the four-game series against the Rochester Red Wings at Victory Field. First pitch is scheduled at 7:15pm.
Rochester 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0|4 6 0
Indianapolis 0 3 0 0 0 1 o o o 1|5 11 2
WP: Moskos (1-0 1.83)
LP: Hoey (1-2 2.63)
Top Indianapolis Hitters
Alvarez – 2-4, 1B, 2B, BB, K, Run
Mercer – 3-5, 2 1B, 2B
Jaramillo – 1-3, 1B, BB, RBI, Run
Hernandez – 4-4, 3 1B, 2B, 4 RBI