The Indians had just one more base runner after that. �Hirsch retired the Tribe in order in the 5th and 6th innings, then gave up a 2-out walk to Myrow in the 7th. �That was Hirsch’s last batter of the night. �He was relieved by Royce Ring, who finished the 7th, then put the Indians down 1-2-3 in the 8th.
Donnie Veal put the Yankees down in order in the 5th, 6th, and 7th innings, just breezing along. �He struck out 2 batters in both the 5th and 6th, then one more in the 7th to end the inning. �Veal finished his night having thrown 94 pitches (54 strikes). �Those 7 shut-out innings dropped his ERA from 5.02 down to 4.23, as Veal secured his third win of the season.
Anthony Claggett took over for Veal to begin the 8th inning. �He needed only 9 pitches to retire three Yankees’ batters, on a ground out, a strikeout, and a fly out. �Brian Bass (photo) made his first appearance for the Indians in almost a month, as he finished off the Yankees with a line out and two strikeouts in the 9th. �Bass earned his second save with the Indians.
The win halted the Indians 3-game losing streak, and also ended a 6-game winning streak for the Yankees. �The Indians now own a 21-18 record, and remain half a game behind the Toledo Mud Hens (22-18) in the International League Western Division.
Wednesday’s game is another late-morning game at Victory Field, with game time 11:00 am.
Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game: �Three hits for Jose Tabata, a double and two singles. �His batting average now stands at .327, which is 7th highest in the International League. �Tabata leads the IL with 50 hits (Neil Walker is second with 49 hits, and his average is .329.). �His two steals tonight increase his league-leading total to 19.
Indians’ Defensive Gem of the Game: �Donnie Veal, with 7 shut out innings and just 2 hits. �He did not let the Yankees get past second base all night, and didn’t even let them get to first base after the 4th inning.
Roster Move: �Brian Bass, who was designated for assignment by the Pirates, was officially outrighted to the Indians yesterday and added to the roster.
3B Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-4 in the game tonight.
Former Indy Indian Bryan Bullington has been promoted from AAA Omaha to the Kansas City Royals. �His debut tonight was not so happy: �he came into the game to begin the bottom of the 10th against the Orioles, and got the first out, then gave up a single, a walk, made a missed-catch error, then gave up the game-winning RBI single.
(photos by Nancy)