• Red Sox blast Tribe

    June 06, 2012 No comments

    Indianapolis allowed double-digits runs for the first time in over three weeks as Tribe first baseman Jeff Clement and left fielder Jeff Larish accounted for both Indians runs in a 13-2 loss to the Pawtucket Red Sox last night at McCoy Stadium.

    The Indians, who had scored 25 runs during a three-game winning streak, jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Pawtucket starter and major league veteran Daisuke Matsuzaka in the top of the first inning. SS Chase d’Arnaud led off the ballgame with a single and stole second base before scoring on Clement’s RBI single.

    A walk to 2B Yamaico Navarro loaded the bases full of Indians but Matsuzaka picked up a strikeout and induced a flyout to strand three Indianapolis baserunners. In the second, RF Brandon Boggs hit a one-out single to center field and chased Matsuzaka from the game.

    The Japanese hurler was replaced by former major leaguer Mark Prior, who starred with the Chicago Cubs in the early- to mid-2000s and is trying to make his way back to the big leagues, where he last pitched in 2006 before missing three straight seasons with injuries. d’Arnaud, the first Indians batter to face Prior, singled to put runners on first and second, but the righty struck out the next two batters to end the threat.

    After Matsuzaka had gotten out of the bases-loaded jam in the top of the first, his teammates staked him to a 4-1 lead on a pair of two-run home runs in the bottom of the inning. Former Indianapolis SS Pedro Ciriaco drew a leadoff walk before CF Ryan Kalish homered over the right-field wall to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead, and Pawtucket would not trail again in the game. After C Ryan Lavarnway doubled to center, DH Mauro Gomez homered to left to make it 4-1.

    The Sox added a pair of two-out runs in the bottom of the second inning to extend the Pawtucket advantage to 6-1.

    A lone run in the third inning gave the Red Sox a 7-1 lead. Indians starter Justin Wilson tossed a scoreless fourth but was pulled after the inning, eventually taking his fourth loss of the season.

    Meanwhile, Pawtucket again scored in three straight innings starting with a three-spot in the fifth. With two on and two out in the inning, Lavarnway crushed his fourth homer of the season over the left-field fence to make it 10-1 Red Sox.

    Pawtucket added yet another two-out run in the sixth when pinch hitter/second baseman Tony Thomas doubled to left and drove in Gomez, making it 11-1. The Red Sox tallied their final runs of the game in the seventh on a Hassan sac fly that scored Lavarnway and a two-out single by RF Che-Hsuan Lin that drove in 1B Lars Anderson and made it 13-1.

    Larish made it 13-2 on his first home run of the season with two outs in the top of the eighth inning, but the Indianapolis rally was short-lived. RHP Justin Germano picked up the win out of the Pawtucket bullpen, improving to 6-3 on the season.

    Despite the loss, Indianapolis maintained its 7.5-game lead in the IL West as the Mud Hens lost 3-1 to the Charlotte Knights in Toledo. The Indians (34-24) will face the Red Sox (37-22) again on Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of the four-game series between the league’s top two teams. While Pawtucket is expected to send RHP Billy Buckner (4-3, 3.20) to the mound, the Tribe has yet to name a starter for the contest.

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