• Tribe shuts out Rochester for 2nd straight game

    June 13, 2012 No comments

    The Indianapolis Indians shut out the Rochester Red Wings 2-0 as starting pitcher Rick VandenHurk tossed seven scoreless innings before relievers Chris Leroux and Tim Wood finished out victory with two hitless innings to give the Tribe the series victory in front of a crowd of 11,006 on Tuesday night at Victory Field.

    VandenHurk held the Red Wings to just five hits and one walk while striking out five over seven shutout innings to earn the victory and improve to 4-0 on the season.

    Following VandenHurk, Leroux and Wood held Rochester to just a hit by pitch over two scoreless frames of work. In his second game as part of a major league rehab assignment, Leroux earned his first hold, while Wood tossed a perfect ninth to earn his sixth save of the season.

    After being blanked for the first four frames, the Indians offense gave the Tribe hurlers all the offense they would need with single scores in the fifth and sixth innings.

    SS Chase d’Arnaud reached on a fielder’s choice and came around to score the first Tribe run of the game on a RBI single by CF Starling Marte.

    Indianapolis tacked on an insurance run in the sixth inning on a RBI single by 3B Brian Friday to give the contest its final score of 2-0.

    Despite suffering the defeat, three Rochester hurlers were able to work around seven walks to hold the Indians to just the two scores.  Starter Samuel Deduno did not figure in the final decision despite allowing just a single hit and striking out five over four frames of work.

    Rochester reliever Esmerling Vasquez suffered the loss for the Red Wings to fall to 3-4 on the season after allowing both Tribe scores in just 2.2 innings of work.

    After their second-straight shut out victory, the Indians are now 38-27 on the season and extend their lead to eight games over the Columbus Clippers in the IL West Division. Following an off day today, the Indians will embark on an eight-game road trip, beginning with a 7:15 p.m. contest in Charlotte tomorrow night.  LHP Jeff Locke is expected to take the mound for the Indians, while the Knights are scheduled to counter with RHP Dylan Axelrod.

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