• Burres shuts out Yankees over 7 but Scranton prevails 1-0

    June 02, 2011 No comments

    Indianapolis Indians left hander Brian Burres pitched one of his best outings of the season yesterday afternoon at Victory Field as Burres shut out the visiting Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees during his seven innings of work. But Scranton starter D.J. Mitchell matched Burres with seven shutout innings of his own and in the end the Yankees would score the only run in the game in the top of the eighth inning to beat the Tribe 1-0.

    A pitcher’s duel throughout, both starters worked themselves out of multiple jams aided by some fine defensive plays all around.

    Burres set down the first six Yankee batters he faced until Scranton’s Kevin Russo led off the third with a double down the right field line. But Burres retired the next three batters to strand Russo in scoring position and end the threat.

    Yankee shortstop Ramiro Pena led off the fourth with a single to right but Burres picked off the speedy Pena and exited the fourth inning having faced just two over the minimum.

    The Tribe had their chances to score as Indianapolis loaded the bases with one out in the second inning but Mitchell induced Tribe catcher Wyatt Toregas in to an inning ending 6-3 double play and end the threat.

    Indianapolis would once again have a runner ninety feet from home in the fourth inning as Alex Presley led off the inning with a single.  Toregas then stepped up and hit a rocket line drive headed to left field that was snared on a fine play by Pena. Indians first baseman Matte Hague singled to right and after a Mitchell wild pitch the Tribe had runners at second and third with only one out. But Mitchell worked his way out of the jam by inducing the next two Tribe batters in to weak pop-ups in the infield and the game remained scoreless after four innings.

    Tony Watson relieved Burres to start the eighth inning as Dan Brewer led off the inning for Scranton with a double down the right field line. Luis Nunez followed with a single to short left field to put runners at the corners with no outs. Austin Krum followed and hit a weak comebacker to the mound allowing Nunez to move to second base. Indians manager Dean Treanor elected to bring in closer Tim Wood to face Pena and with a drawn in infield, Pena hit a weak roller to first that left Hague with only one play as he tapped the bag for the second out of the inning while Brewer scored from third with the only run of the game.

    The Tribe threatened in the ninth inning off of Yankee closer Kevin Whelan as Andy Marte led off the inning with a double to left to put the tying run in scoring position to lead off the inning. Marte advanced to third on a Whelan wild pitch but Whelan would dispatch the next three Tribe batters to notch his league leading sixteenth save of the season.

    Neither starter figured in the decision. Burres went seven impressive innings surrendering no runs on only three hits while striking out five. Mitchell finished similarly going seven innings, giving up five hits while striking out five in picking up the win to move to 4-3 on the season. Tony Watson suffered the loss for the Tribe to fall to 2-3.

    Indianapolis now wraps up their series with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight at 7:05 p.m. LHP Justin Wilson will look to give the Tribe the series split when he takes to the mound, while RHP Andrew Brackman is scheduled to be hill for the Yankees.


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