Ryan Lollis rolled a single to right and an out later, after a failed bunt, a force and another single had Charlie in some hot water. A whiff on a nasty curve cooled the temp to zero. Gregory beat out a ball to second, and Marte forced him at second, foiled by a fine play by SS Brandon Crawford. Cutch again flew out deep to center. Starling stole second, followed by a nine-pitch A-Ram walk. JHK drilled a heater away to right for a double, bringing home Marte, but The Kid couldn't bring the other ducks in from the pond, smoking a hard one hopper to first. Jake dodged a couple of bullets, tho the Bucs were up 2-0.
|Charlie was good today, K'ing eight (photo USA Today)|
Charlie hit Crawford to start the seventh and an out later, Kelby Tomlinson singled him to second. Morton stayed in to face Hollis, who has given him a devil of a night, and got him on a tapper that moved up the runners; The Kid passed probable force to get the out at first. Ahire Adrianza grabbed a stick and was clipped in the foot by a 1-2 curve to load 'em. That was it for Charlie, who left to a rockin' sold-out house on its feet for his performance as Jared Hughes took the ball. Gregor Blanco banged a 2-2 slider to right, but Gregory was equal to the task and shut the gate on the Giants.
Yusmeiro Petit took over for Peavy. Starling singled; the rest of the Bucs whiffed. Hughes stayed on, and gave up a single and nothing else. Neil stroked a one out knock, but Pedro hit into a DP to bring it to the ninth. Tony Watson took the ball, which was a bit of a surprise. He gave up a single and walk, on a very borderline call, but preserved both the win and shutout.
A timely hit or two and a great job on the hill by Chuck. Tomorrow will be a test as Jeff Locke takes on Madison Bumgarner.
- Starling, JHK and The Kid combined for six hits, all four runs and three RBI.
- Jordy & Josh may be back this weekend.
- The i's were dotted, the t's crossed and the physical passed, so Travis Snider officially joined Indy today.
- Tonight's attendance of 36,671 was the 19th sellout of the season.