Burres (photo) allowed the only other Yankees’ run in the 5th inning. With one out, CF Austin Krum singled into right field, and moved to second base on Pena’s ground out. Burres intentionally walked Montero. A wild pitch that skittered off to C Jason Jaramillo’s right allowed Krum to advance to third base, though Montero remained at first. Maxwell also walked (unintentionally) to load the bases. Laird’s second single of the game glanced off SS d’Arnaud’s glove and into left field, scoring Krum, and leaving the bases still loaded. D’Arnaud saved more runs from scoring when he made a leaping catch of a line drive off the bat of Russo, to end the inning, but the Yankees had broken the tie, 3-2.
The Tribe batters were also quiet after their first inning. They went down in order in the 2nd and 3rd. Hague singled through the hole and into left field to lead off the 4th inning, but was forced out at second to end the inning. The Indians went down 1-2-3 again in the 5th.
After the Yankees took a one-run lead in the bottom of the 5th, the Indians responded in the top of the 6th. With one out, Bowker singled for the second time. Hague walked, and 3B Andy Marte lined a single to left field to load the bases. Jaramillo lifted a fly ball over the head of Yankees’ RF Dan Brewer and all the way to the wall for a double. That brought in Bowker and Hague, giving the Indians a 4-3 lead. DH Andrew Lambo added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly to bring in Marte. Indians up, 5-3.
Jaramillo lined into center field in the 8th inning, but was out at second on the throw in from the outfield trying to stretch it into a double. Presley singled in the 7th inning, but was left on base.
Burres began the 6th inning with a ground out and a walk, and at that point he was relieved by Justin Thomas. Burres had thrown 90 pitches (52 strikes) in 5.1 innings, allowing the 3 runs on 6 hits and 4 walks, with 3 strikeouts. Thomas made quick work of the rest of the 6th inning, with a strikeout and a ground out.
Rehabbing Evan Meek pitched the 7th inning, something that had been planned in advance — the Pirates wanted to have him pitch in two consecutive days. He retired the side in order again today. In his 4 rehab appearances, Meek has pitched 4 innings and allowed only one hit, no walks, and struck out 6 batters. The Pirates are expected to reactivate him this weekend.
Cesar Valdez also pitched for the second day in a row. He took the mound in the 8th in relief of Meek. Valdez got a fly out, then hit Russo with a pitch. Brewer bounced into a 4-6-3 (Harrison to d’Arnaud to Hague), erasing Russo and ending the inning. Tim Wood (photo above) earned his 8th Save of the season with a perfect 9th inning to end the game.
Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game: Jason Jaramillo’s (photo) 2-RBI double in the 6th inning to give the Indians the tying and go-ahead runs. It was the Indians’ only extra-base hit in the game.
Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game: In the bottom of the 5th, with one run already in, the bases loaded, and two outs, Kevin Russo smacked a line drive, which looked like it was headed for left field, sure to drive in at least two more runs. But Chase d’Arnaud made a perfectly-timed leap and a stab, coming down with the ball to end the inning and save at least two runs.
Pedro Ciriaco, who was held out of last night’s game, was called up to the Pirates today. He will be taking the roster spot of 3B Pedro Alvarez, who has been placed on the DL due to a quad injury. During last night’s game, it was announced that Ciriaco had been a late scratch from the line-up due to an injury sustained during pre-game practice. Now the Pirates are admitting that the injury story was not true… and they are investigating why the story was being told. Ciriaco did not get into the Pirates’ game today.
Josh Harrison played second base for the second day in a row — his only appearances at second base this season.
(photos by Nancy)