• Tribe win streak ends at 7

    June 25, 2012 No comments

    Four Scranton/Wilkes-Barre hurlers combined on a seven-hit shutout while designated hitter Jack Cust and right fielder Kevin Russo combined for six hits, three runs and two RBI to lead the Yankees over the Indianapolis Indians 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at Victory Field, ending the Tribe’s season-best seven-game winning streak.

    Yankees starter Adam Warren held the Indians to just five singles over five scoreless innings to earn the win and improve to 5-5 on the season.

    While the Yankees pitching staff held the Indianapolis offense to just seven singles, the Scranton offense powered out to an early advantage and tacked on key insurance tallies on their way to the victory. Scranton got the lead-off runner on-base in each of the first five frames on their way to plating four runs on 10 hits.

    C Gustavo Molina began the scoring when he blasted a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall to lead off the top of the third inning. The longball for Molina gave the Yankees a 1-0 advantage they would not relinquish.

    Scranton would tack on another score later in the third when Russo was hit by a pitch and eventually came plateward on a RBI single by Cust.

    After Russo led off the fifth with a base hit and eventually scored on a groundout later in the inning, Cust ripped a double off the top of the right-field wall to put runners at second and third, where they would be stranded after Indians starter Jeff Locke escaped further damage by inducing two groundouts.

    Cust would not, however, be denied a second RBI in the top of the seventh, when he blasted a mammoth two-out solo shot over the right-field wall to extend the Yankees lead to 4-0.

    Tribe starter Jeff Locke failed to record a strikeout for the first time this season while surrendering eight hits and three runs in just five innings to suffer the loss and fall to 5-4 on the season. 

    Despite the defeat, which drops the Tribe record to 46-30, the Indians still maintain a 1.5 game lead for the best record in the International League as the Pawtucket Red Sox fell to the Louisville Bats 2-0. The Tribe and Yankees will wrap up their series tonight at 7:05 p.m. with RHP Daniel Cabrera expected to take the mound for the Indians and the Yankees scheduled to counter with top prospect RHP Dellin Betances.

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