They batted around in the first inning as they combined five hits and a Melville error to create enough offense for the win. Cleanup man Matt Henriksen doubled in Matt Spillman to open the scoring. Alex Schultz would later single in Danny Clifford and Henriksen before Dan Peakman doubled in two more runs. Melville scored three in the fifth but Swift Current replied with one run in the bottom of the inning when catcher Will Thorp singled in Clifford for an insurance run.
Anthony Armanino struck out 10 over six innings to move to 2-0 on the season. Cody Chartrand earned the save with two scoreless innings in relief.
“I felt pretty good,” said Armanino, who hails from San Carlos, California. “I got a lot of swing-andmisses with my change-up and any time I was behind in the count I would throw that over and it seemed like they couldn’t really hit it too well.”
“Yeah that is what he does,” said coach Joe Carnahan. “He comes in, he throws three pitches for strikes, and he is dominant once again today. It is fun to watch and I am glad to have him as part of our staff and kind of anchoring it up there.”
Being staked to a fiverun lead didn’t hurt his cause either.
“It takes a lot of pressure off your back. The big thing is after we score five runs you want to go out the next inning and put up a zero and I did that and kept us rolling,” said Armanino.
Carnahan said it was a good bounce-back performance.
“That was a big focus after the game yesterday and before the game today was making sure that we are using the whole field, letting balls travel a little bit more. Right from the start we were very successful at that.”
Armanino joined the team late but has had no problem fitting in.
“They made it pretty easy to come in and join. This team is a bunch of good guys. We get along great and just have a lot of fun.”
He is now 2-0 with 28 strikeouts and five walks in three starts for the Tribe.
“Yeah I wanted to get off to a good start and so far I have started three games and kept us in it the whole way. So it is going pretty good right now.”
He has high hopes for the team this season.
“We are playing pretty good baseball. A lot of our wins have been coming back from behind late in the game. Maybe we need to start from the first inning instead of slacking off until about the sixth inning and then going ‘oh now we need to play.’ We just need to play a full nine innings of baseball and I think we will be fine.” Indians shortstop Matt Spillman held his ground at second base against a hard sliding Kevin Biro during a victory over Melville on June 26.