AZL Indians dominate in 8-1 win over the Royals
GOODYEAR – The AZL Indians had a dominating 8-1 win over the visiting AZL Royals on Wednesday night. The offense was clicking with 15 hits, the pitching was great allowing one run on three hits, and the defense was sound not having any miscues.
Right-hander Mitch Brown got the start for the Indians and was locked in putting forth his best and longest outing of the season. He went on to throw five hitless-shutout innings and allowed two walks and had five strikeouts, and earned his first professional win in the process. In six starts this season he is now 1-0 with a 2.75 ERA.
The Indians got on the board first with a second inning run thanks to a leadoff double to left by first baseman Ryan Battaglia. Left field D’Vone McClure then stepped to the plate and swatted a double to right field that scored Battaglia.
In the third inning red hot hitting shortstop Dorsyss Paulino – who was the designated hitter last night – led off the inning with a triple to right field. Third baseman Jorge Martinez followed with a line drive single to right field to score Paulino. Right fielder Anthony Santander was then hit by a pitch, and after two strikeouts McClure stepped up to the plate with two on and two out and lined a double to left to score Martinez and Santander to put the Indians up 4-0 after three innings.
In the bottom of the fourth inning Paulino got things going again with a one out line drive single to center. After popped out to third for the second out of the inning, Santander roped a single to center to push Paulino to third. Catcher Eric Haase followed by pounding a ball to deep left field that went for a ground rule double and scored Paulino to push the Indians up to a 5-0 advantage after four innings.
In the sixth inning right-hander Caleb Hamrick made his professional debut and replaced Brown. He was greeted rudely as the first hitter lined a single to center and then was pushed to third base with two outs thanks to a sacrifice bunt and fly. He allowed a two out single to right to plate the runner from third and make the score 5-1 as the Indians came to bat in the bottom of the inning.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Paulino led off with a line drive single to center and Martinez walked. Santander hit into a fielder’s choice as the second baseman threw to second to force Martinez out, but on the relay throw to first base to try and complete the double play the ball was thrown away and allowed Paulino to come all the way around to score and make the score 6-1 after six innings.
In the bottom of the eighth inning Haase hit a line drive double to left with one out and then Battaglia reached on a fielding error by the center fielder and Haase moved up to third base. McClure singled to right scoring Haase and pushing Battaglia to third, and then shortstop Juan Herrera doubled to left to Battaglia.
Hamrick finished the game going two innings and allowed one run on three hits, and righty Breily Puerta closed out the game with two hitless-shutout innings of relief. Paulino, Haase, and McClure all had three hits for the young Indians, and McClure totaled four RBI on the night.
The Indians are home once again tonight as they face off against the AZL Brewers at 7:00PM PT. Righty Kieran Lovegrove is the scheduled starter for the Indians.
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