INDIANAPOLIS – In game one of a three-game series on Monday, the Buffalo Bisons used 12 runs on 17 hits and seven walks to dismantle the Indianapolis Indians by a score of 12-3.
Each of the four pitchers Indianapolis sent to the mound allowed at least one run and all but two Buffalo batters recorded a RBI in the 3-hour, 25-minute marathon.
After a scoreless first, the Bisons recorded four hits in the second on their way to a two-run inning against Indians starter Chris Volstad. A.J. Jimenez did the damage in the inning with a two-run single to right that put Buffalo ahead 2-0.
Buffalo would double their lead in the fourth, taking a 4-0 lead against Volstad. Dalton Pompey scored Daric Barton on a RBI triple and Jonathan Diaz brought home Pompey on a sacrifice fly to add to the Bisons’ advantage.
The Tribe would get on the scoreboard in their half of the fourth, scoring a run on a play that was argued by both teams.
With runners on first and second, Tony Sanchez drilled a pitch down the left field line that looked to be foul, but was ruled fair for a double. Steve Lombardozzi scored easily to make it 4-1, but Brent Morel was called out at the plate despite appearing to beat the tag.
The Bisons’ bats would go back to work in the fifth, plating two more runs and ending Volstad’s day on the mound. Barton and Jimenez each recorded RBI singles in the frame, forcing the Indians to call on their bullpen after Volstad finished the inning.
Indianapolis’ starter would last five innings and ultimately take the loss, surrendering six runs on ten hits and two walks.
Bisons’ starter Randy Wolf pitched 5 1/3 solid innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits, but his best moment of the night may have been starting a triple play in the Indians’ half of the fifth.
After the first two batters of the inning got on base, Pedro Florimon hit a sharp line drive back to Wolf for out number one. Both baserunners were running on the play, so Wolf was able to toss the ball to second for the second out before it went to first to complete the 1-4-3 triple play. It was the first time since May of 2012 that the Indians hit into a triple play.
Indianapolis would then load the bases in the sixth, scoring a second run to make it 6-2. Chad Jenkins replaced Wolf and would see an Indianapolis run score on a passed ball from Jimenez behind the plate.
Collin Balester took over for Volstad in the sixth and would run into trouble in the seventh by walking three consecutive batters with two outs. Diaz then hit a RBI single, followed by a two-RBI single from Ramon Santiago that put the Bisons ahead 9-2 heading into the seventh-inning stretch.
Brad Lincoln would come on in relief of Balester in the eighth, allowing another run to score. Alex Hassan scored Matt Hague on a sacrifice fly to right, increasing Buffalo’s lead to eight runs.
In the ninth, Indianapolis first baseman Hunter Morris came on to pitch for a second straight game. Morris threw a scoreless eighth on Sunday, but would give up two runs on four hits and a walk in Monday’s game. Luke Scott and Hassan recorded the run-scoring base knocks against Morris.
The Indians would prolong the game with a run in the ninth, as Keon Broxton hit a sacrifice fly against Luis Perez to make it 12-3, but it would only make a small dent in Buffalo’s sizable lead.
After allowing 32 combined runs in their last three games (all losses), the Tribe will try to right the ship when they face the Bisons again at Victory Field on Tuesday. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. with Adrian Sampson (4-3, 3.15 ERA) set to start for Indianapolis.