• Tribe top Paw Sox

    July 25, 2012 No comments

    Left-handed starter Justin Wilson put together his best outing in three starts, working out of a couple of jams to throw five scoreless innings as the Indians provided three runs of support and the Indianapolis bullpen staved off the Red Sox to pull out a 3-1 win last night at Victory Field.

    Following Wilson, RHP Daniel McCutchen ate up some much-needed innings for a depleted Indians bullpen that had tossed nine innings the night before. Wilson faced two batters in the top of the sixth, allowing singles to both, but McCutchen stranded both runners and tossed a perfect seventh inning before allowing a lone run in his third inning of relief. It was McCutchen’s longest outing of the season since also throwing 3.0 innings out of the bullpen on May 4 in Norfolk.

    The Red Sox finally scratched out a run in the top of the eighth inning when RF J.C. Linares hit a two-out infield single to drive in C Ryan Lavarnway to cut the Tribe lead to 3-1, but were unable to score again in the contest.

    With regular closer Tim Wood having thrown in three straight games, LHP Doug Slaten was called upon to close out the game and delivered, earning his ninth save of the season.

    Indianapolis scored its trifecta of runs in the bottom of the second inning. 1B Matt Hague and DH Jeff Clement each singled and 3B Yamaico Navarro walked to loaded the bases with none out before RF Brandon Boggs drew a four-pitch walk to send Hague plateward with the game’s first run.

    C Tony Sanchez then drove in Clement with a sacrifice fly and Anderson Hernandez drove in Navarro with a fielders choice.

    News broke during the game that the Pittsburgh Pirates had traded Indians LHP Rudy Owens, along with fellow prospects LHP Colton Cain and OF Robbie Grossman, to the Houston Astros for major league LHP Wandy Rodriguez and cash considerations.

    The Indians (65-40) and Red Sox (58-47) will face off in an afternoon matinee on Wednesday with the first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Indianapolis is expected to send RHP Rick VandenHurk (9-2, 3.66 ERA) to the mound while Pawtucket will likely counter with RHP Nelson Figueroa, who has no record with the Red Sox but went 7-2 with a 3.96 ERA in 17 appearances (nine starts) this season for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.

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