Kratz a dirty player?


Triple-A Indianapolis scored six runs in the 10th inning last night to upend Buffalo, 9-3. There was a flare-up in the final inning between Indy’s Erik Kratz and Buffalo catcher Josh Thole. The two exchanged words as Kratz scored, and they had to be separated by the umpire.

Indy’s clubhouse has gotta be buzzing this morning after seeing these comments by Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell, who accused Kratz of throwing an elbow at Thole as Kratz beat the throw to the plate to score the go-ahead run: “It’s uncalled for and there’s no reason for that in baseball, considering (Kratz) did the same thing to Jason (Pridle) in Indianapolis, blocking the plate for no reason. There’s no rooom for that in this game. If you’re going to be a dirty player, you don’t need to be playing.”

The teams play again a 1:05 p.m. today.

»»» Evan Meek’s 0.68 ERA is the lowest by a Pirates reliever at this point of the season since Bill Landrum had a 0.50 ERA on Aug. 3, 1989.

»»» Garrett Jones last night extended his hitting streak to 10 games, matching his career-best mark set in 2009. It’s the second-longest active streak in the NL, behind the Mets’ Jose Reyes (11 games). During his binge, Jones has gone 15 for 38 (.395) with eight RBI.

»»» The Pirates are 4-0 at home this season when the crowd is 30,000-plus. Last year, they went 7-2 at PNC Park with more than 30,000 fans showed up.

Lineups for this afternoon’s game:

Indians (26-41) – 1. Trevor Crowe cf, 2. Shin-Soo Choo rf, 3. Carlos Santana c, 4. Austin Kearns lf, 5. Russel Branyan 1b, 6. Jhonny Peralta 3b, 7. Anderson Hernandez ss, 8. Jason Donald 2b, 9. Justin Masterson (2-6, 5.02) rhp

Pirates (24-44) – 1. Jose Tabata lf, 2. Neil Walker 2b, 3. Andrew McCutchen cf, 4. Garrett Jones 1b, 5. Lastings Milledge rf, 6. Pedro Alvarez 3b, 7. Jason Jaramillo c, 8. Bobby Crosby ss, 9. Brad Lincoln (0-1, 7.50) rhp