• Tribe hands game to Red Sox

    June 07, 2012 No comments

    Shortstop Chase d’Arnaud launched a leadoff homer and left fielder Gorkys Hernandez doubled twice in his return to the Indianapolis lineup, but a trio of errors and a wild pitch allowed three unearned runs to score as the Pawtucket Red Sox beat the Indians 6-5 last night at McCoy Stadium.

    Two of the Indianapolis errors led to Pawtucket’s game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. With the scored tied 5-5, LF Lars Anderson led off the inning by reaching infield error. RHP Bryan Morris struck out the next batter, but Anderson stole second base and advanced to third when the throw down to second ricocheted into left-center field.

    After a groundout, Anderson scored on a two-out single to right by DH Che-Hsuan Lin, giving the game its final 6-5 score. Allowing just the one unearned run, Morris was saddled with the tough-luck loss on three innings of relief while Indians starter Rick VandenHurk took a no decision.

    Pawtucket sent a parade of pitchers to the mound in the game as six Red Sox threw in the game, with RHP Garrett Mock eventually taking the win by tossing a perfect eighth inning, improving to 3-1. Fellow righty Mark Melancon earned his 10th save of the season with a perfect ninth.

    For the second night in a row, the Indians took an early lead in the top of the first inning as the first four batters of the game reached base. d’Arnaud led off the game with a home run over the left-field fence, his first of the season, to make it 1-0. Up next, Hernandez followed d’Arnaud’s blast with a double to left field.

    After CF Starling Marte walked to put runners on first and second, DH Jeff Clement roped a double to right field, scoring both Hernandez and Marte to give the Tribe a 3-0 lead.

    The Red Sox took back a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning when C Ryan Lavarnway reached base on a two-out fielders choice that resulted in a throwing error and allowed 3B Nate Spears and CF Ryan Kalish to score, cutting the Indianapolis lead to 3-2.

    Indianapolis grabbed a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth inning when Hernandez hit his second double of the game to center field. The two-out two-bagger drove in 3B Brian Friday who had drawn a walk with one out. To that point, all of the Tribe’s runs had come off Pawtucket starter Billy Buckner.

    A half-inning later, the Red Sox drew within one run yet again. 1B Mauro Gomez led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and moved to third on RF Josh Kroeger’s 14th double of the season before scoring on a wild pitch to cut the Tribe’s lead to 4-3. Kroeger advanced to third on the play and raced toward home with the would-be game-tying run on a flyout to center by Spears, but Marte threw a strike to the plate and turned the potential sacrifice fly into an inning-ending double play.

    Indianapolis extended the advantage to 5-3 lead with a run in the top of the fifth inning when RF Brandon Boggs doubled to right to drive in 2B Yamiaco Navarro. However, Kalish and Lavarnway hit back-to-back solo home runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at 5-5.

    With the loss, Indianapolis falls to 34-25 but maintains a 7.0-game lead in the International League’s West Division as the Columbus Clippers lost 5-1 to the Buffalo Bisons. Pawtucket (38-22) hosts the Tribe again on Thursday night, with the first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m. The Indians are expected to send rehabbing major league RHP Jeff Karstens (0-2, 4.82) to the mound, while the Red Sox will likely counter with RHP Brandon Duckworth (5-1, 4.34).

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