• McPherson’s AAA debut spoiled by Knights

    August 09, 2012 No comments

    Tribe starter Kyle McPherson turned in an impressive effort in his Triple-A debut, striking out six over six stellar innings, but did not figure in the final decision as the Charlotte Knights scratched across two late scores to earn the 2-1 victory over the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday afternoon at Victory Field.

    McPherson was spectacular in his first career Triple-A start, surrendering just three singles and no walks while striking out six over six innings pitched. The only blemish against McPherson came in the top of the seventh inning, when the right-hander allowed a leadoff bunt single to 2B Tyler Kuhn before being removed for reliever Daniel McCutchen.

    McCutchen would immediately surrender a double to RF Conor Jackson that would plate Kuhn and pin McPherson with the lone earned run of his debut.

    The single score for the Knights in the seventh tied the score at 1-1 after the Indians took the first lead of the contest with a single run in the bottom of the sixth. Indians 2B Brock Holt sparked the Tribe’s lone scoring rally when he lined a one-out double off the top of the right-field wall and later scored on a two-out RBI single by 1B Matt Hague.

    Charlotte took the lead of good with a run in the top of the eighth as CF Jared Mitchell drew a leadoff hit-by-pitch and eventually crossed the plate for the game-winning score on a fielder’s choice.

    Former Indians hurler Donnie Veal struck out CF Jose Tabata and induced a groundout from Hague to end a Tribe eighth inning rally to earn his seventh victory of the season.

    Brian Omogrosso tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his seventh save and secure the series victory for the Knights.

    Out of the Indianapolis bullpen, reliever Doug Slaten suffered the loss to fall to 3-2 on the season after surrendering Charlotte’s eighth-inning score.

    The Indians and Knights will wrap up their four-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m. weather permitting. LHP Justin Wilson (8-5, 4.14 ERA) is scheduled to make the start for the Tribe, while RHP Scott Carroll (2-4, 5.56 ERA) looks to give Charlotte the series sweep when he takes the mound in the finale.

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