Indians over Cardinals 7-3

Game Played on 6/2/2018 6:45 PM at Dean 3
Results were reported on 6/4/2018 10:14 AM
GameID: 16719

Pitching for Indians Pitching for Cardinals
NameAgePitch Count
Charlie Kent965
Colson Cotter960
NameAgePitch Count
Luke MacRae943
Eric Hamelin957
Benjamin Lane819

Under the lights and next to the shimmering fountains, the Indians electrified a huge crowd with an exhilarating 7 to 3 win over the Cardinals at historic Dean Park.       

The visiting Cardinals looked like they would score in the top of the first with singles from Eric Hamelin and Kyle Dodge. However, Indians ace Charlie Kent quickly found his groove and struck out the next three Cardinals batters. In the bottom of the first, the Indians’ bats were ready for Cardinals starter Luke Macrae. Colson Cotter started the offense for the Indians with a single. He then stole second base. Charlie Kent doubled him home. The Indians were able to score three more runs on a sequence of walks drawn by Jack Auen, Cole Hunt, Vismay Prasad, Cameron Marley and Joey Cerchio. Brian Healy knocked home the fifth run of the inning when he was hit with a pitch.
End of One: Indians 5  Cardinals 0                

In the top of the second, Tyler Jordan reached base with a walk. Charlie Kent turned up his fastball and struck out the next three batters. In the bottom of the second, Jake Linton led off with a single and stole second.   Colson Cotter got hit by a pitch and Jack Auen walked, loading the bases. Cardinals pitcher Eric Hamelin was able to get out the jam with no runs.
End of Two: Indians 5 Cardinals 0   
              
In the top of the third, Charlie Kent continued his strikeout streak, fanning all three batters with his blistering fastball. In the bottom of the third, Eric Hamelin countered by striking out the side.
End of Three: Indians 5 Cardinals 0                

In the top of the fourth, as Charlie Kent’s pitch count started to reach its max, the Cardinals bats started to come alive. Larry Pratte led off with a single. Eric Hamelin doubled, and it looked as if Larry Pratte would score. However, great defensive play from the Indians prevented a run. Cameron Marley threw a cannon from left field and Jake Linton made a spectacular tag of Pratte at home in the play of the night. The Cardinals were able to push a run across as Luke Macrae doubled home Hamelin. Charlie Kent was able to record an amazing tenth strikeout before reaching his pitch limit.  Colson Cotter limited the damage by the Cardinals offense by recording a strikeout. In the bottom of the fourth, Jake Linton started it off with a single. He stole second. Charlie King smashed a two run homerun in thrilling fashion that ignited a huge celebration from his teammates and a large ovation from a huge crowd.  Eric Hamelin was able to induce a couple of ground outs to end the inning.
End of Four: Indians 7 Cardinals 1                

In the top of the fifth, Colson Cotter picked up where Charlie Kent left off, striking out the side.  Cardinals pitcher Ben Lane countered in the bottom of the fifth, striking out the side.
End of Five: Indians 7 Cardinals 1                

In the top of the sixth, the Cardinals looked like they would mount a rally. Gavin Perduta led off with a walk.  He stole second.  Joe Samara was hit by a pitch. Larry Pratte walked to load the bases. Eric Hamelin batted in Perduta with a groundout. Kyle Dodge walked. Luke Macrae batted in Samara with a groundout. Colson Cotter ended the rally and the game after making a great play on a fly ball.
End of Game: Indians 7 Cardinals 3                

This was a great night of baseball as the teams got to play a night game with the support of many energetic fans. The teams look like they are improving and taking their game to a higher level just in time for the playoffs.