• Tribe can’t solve Yankee pitching

    May 24, 2011 No comments

    Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter David Phelps held the Indianapolis offense to one run on eight hits in over seven innings of work, while Yankees relievers Randy Flores and Kevin Whelan were perfect in their final 1.2 innings of work to defeat the Indians 2-1 Monday night at PNC Field.

    Yankees pitching dominated the night, as Phelps scattered eight hits, along with a lone run in 7.1 innings to earn the victory and move to 3-4 on the season, while Whelan notched his league-leading 13th save.

    Indians starter Brad Lincoln suffered the loss to fall to 4-4 despite surrendering just two earned runs on five hits, while striking out seven in six innings. Lincoln, who had won each of his last four starts, gave up the two scores in the second and from then on relinquished just two hits. RHP Chris Leroux followed Lincoln with two perfect innings of relief.

    Following a one hour and 48 minute rain delay to the start of the contest, the Yankees struck first with a pair of scores in the second. CF Justin Maxwell led off the frame with a single before coming home on 2B Kevin Russo’s fielder’s choice for the early 1-0 lead. Russo would later score on an Indians throwing error to double the margin to two.

    All was quiet until the sixth when OF Alex Presley cut the Indians’ deficit in half with an inside the park home run. Presley drove a 2-2 pitch to right center when Maxwell missed a diving catch attempt, resulting in the ball bouncing all the way to the wall as Presley sped around the bases. Presley was then waived home and called safe for his fifth homer of the year when C Jesus Montero could not hold onto the ball while attempting to tag the speedy outfielder at the plate.

    The Tribe would then put the tying run in scoring position in both the sixth and eighth innings, but Scranton/Wilkes-Barre was able to shut down the Indianapolis bats and crush the Indians’ comeback hopes.

    The Tribe finished their four game set against the Yankees this morning at 10:35 a.m.  RHP Sean Gallagher got the nod for the Indians, while RHP Adam Warren started for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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