Indians over Astros 9-2

Game Played on 5/1/2017 5:30 PM at Cool 1
Results were reported on 5/2/2017 11:42 AM
GameID: 12267

Pitching for Indians Pitching for Astros
NameAgePitch Count
Torin Narva935
Charlie Kent835
Ryan White932
NameAgePitch Count
Brayden Mahoney850
Cameron Coran939
Suhas Bharthepude922

In the only Minor League game of the night, the Astros visited the Indians on Coolidge 1.  The weather wasn’t ideal but the kids put on a show that did not disappoint.

The Tribe sent veteran right hander Torin Narva to the mound.  Pitching on 8 days’ rest, he had his full arsenal of pitches going tonight.  The Astros were not intimidated at all as leadoff hitter, Colin Desruisseaux smashed a single to get things started.  Next up was Suhas Bharthepude who followed that with another well placed single to put runners on 1st and 2nd with nobody out.  Torin shook it off and pulled his cap down and stared in at his battery mate and blazed three fastballs right down Broad Street for the first out of the inning.   Mixing in some off-speed and maybe even a knuckle curve, he got the next two batters on a comebacker to the mound and another ground out to first to end the inning with no damage.

In the bottom of the first, the Astros sent Brayden Mahoney to the hill and he was ready for the challenge.  Leadoff hitter, Torin Narva stepped into the box and on the first pitch he saw he drilled a ball that had extra bases written all over it but the Astros second basemen climbed the ladder to snare it out of the air for the first out of the inning.  After a walk to the #2 hitter, Brayden settled in and retired the next batters on strikeouts….. No score at the end of one

Torin took the mound again for the second inning and it was more of the same.  Fastball, slider, change-up, the first two batters stepped to the plate and both were sent back carrying a K.  Refusing to join that party, Cameron Coran ripped a single into right field but it went for not as Torin added to the guest list of his K party and struck out the next batter to end the inning and his night.

The bottom of the second brought Brayden back to the mound as well but the Indians were not about to make it easy for him.  Leading off for the Tribe, Benjamin Jackson worked the pitch count and earned the free pass to first.  Hopping around at first you could tell he wasn’t planning on being there long.  On the very first pitch to his brother Jackson he bolted for second for the first stolen base of the season.  Jackson battled hard but just couldn’t muster up a hit to bring his brother in, accounting for the first out of the inning.  Brayden did his best but the Indians hitters were just too patient, running up his pitch count as they scored four runs in the inning, but he was able to stop the bleeding, inducing an inning ending groundball to first….. At the end of two, Indians 4 … Astros 0

It may have been a new inning and new pitcher but you couldn’t tell as the Indians sent the hard throwing Charlie Kent to the hill, continuing on what Torin had built.  Oozing confidence, Charlie took hold of the baseball and just reared back and brought the heat pitch after pitch.  The Astros gave it their best but on this night, and in this inning, Charlie was untouchable as three Astros stepped to the plate and three Astros left with a K.

Facing a new pitcher, Cameron Coran, the Indians kept the pressure on with the hot bats and great plate discipline.  The speedy Ben Chamberlain lead off the inning with a walk and immediately raced to second on the next pitch for his second stolen base of the night.  This time up though, Jackson was not going to be denied as he continued his hot hitting with a hard hit single into left field.  With runners on the corners and nobody out, up stepped Dillon Harrington.  On the very pitch thrown to Dillon, Jackson showed that speed runs in the Chamberlain family as he swiped second.  Dillon fought off some tough pitches and kept the inning going as he trotted down to first to load the bases.  Rookies Jack Auen and Charlie “Wild Thing” King kept the trains rolling as they earned their first RBI’s of the season each.  When it was all said and done, the Indians plated five runs. …. After three full, Indians 9 …. Astros 0.

Charlie Kent returned to the hill for his second inning of work and made quick work of the first two batters he faced with two more punch outs.  The Astros weren’t giving up though as they made Charlie work.  Brayden Mahoney got it started with a walk and then a quick swipe of second base.  Tim Donohoe earned himself a hard fought walk as well to put runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs.  After three straight balls by Charlie, coach made a trip to the mound to settle him down and explained the situation to the young fireballer.  Charlie was not about to let his night end like this and he dug deep and showed some serious moxie as he threw the next three pitches with laser point accuracy to battle back for the inning ending K.

The Astros made a call to the bullpen and brought their third pitcher of the evening in.  Suhas Bharthepude came out firing but the Indians hitters were up for the task as Sohan Pasupuleti slashed a single into center and stole second.  After a walk to Benjamin Chamberlain and another hit by Jackson Chamberlain, the bases were loaded with nobody out.  Suhas was not about to let this night end as he showed his own grit and struck out the next three batters to end the inning…… Four innings in the books, Indians 9 … Astros 0.

For the top of the fifth inning, out strolled big Ryan White.  He continued the tradition started by Torin and Charlie with a strikeout to start the inning.  The Astros bench came alive as they rooted on their hitters and saw Cameron Coran rip a single and theft of second.  A couple of walks and hit by pitch got the Astros on the board with their first runs of the night.  With the bases loaded and 1 out and 2 runs already across, coach made a trip to the mound to settle his closer down.  Some quick maintenance to the mound and a pat on the back and Ryan went back to work, striking out the next two batters to end the inning and due to limits, the game. ….Final Score, Indians 9 … Astros 2.

Both teams played well and left it out on the field.  We look forward to the rest of the season and possibly a post season re-match.