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Indians Suffer First Doubleheader Sweep of the Season

INDIANAPOLIS – Entering Friday’s doubleheader, the Indianapolis Indians (57-49) already had five twinbills under their belt. For the first time this season, however, Indy lost both games of a double dip.

The Pawtucket Red Sox (54-51) rolled to a 5-0 game one win before pulling out a game two victory by the score of 2-1, leaving the Tribe with a 3-1-2 record in doubleheaders in 2017.

Game one was decided early on. The top of the first inning, to be exact.

Indians starter Drew Hutchison had a rough go of it, giving up five runs to the PawSox. Pawtucket picked up four hits and drew two walks against the righty, giving Indy a deficit too large to overcome.

Hutchison actually pitched quite well after the first. The 26-year-old went the distance, shutting out Pawtucket the rest of the way and limiting them to only four hits and a walk over the course of his final six innings of work.

Unfortunately for Indianapolis, the Sox’s starter was nearly untouchable in game one.

Marcus Waldon also got through all seven innings, shutting out the Tribe on five hits. The right-handed walked just one batter and struck out six to lead Pawtucket to a game one victory.

Between games in Friday’s twinbill, Indians Chairman Emeritus Max Schumacher was inducted into the International League Hall of Fame. Schumacher served as Indianapolis’ president from 1969 up until his retirement following last season. He has been a part of the organization since 1947.

As for the action in game two, it was closer, but the Tribe still never held a lead. Due to a rainout in Pawtucket on April 26, the Red Sox served as game two’s home team despite the Indianapolis setting.

The PawSox scored first in Friday’s second contest, going up 1-0 in the second. Brain Bogusevic took Tribe starter Johnny Barbato deep to left for his sixth long ball of the year.

Barbato lasted 3 1/3 innings for the Indians, surrendering one run on four hits and four strikeouts.

Indy responded in the third, tying the game at a run each. Jacob Stallings led off with a single, moved up to second on a wild pitch and then advanced to third on a groundout to put the Tribe in business. Chris Bostick tied things up, getting a sacrifice fly off of Red Sox starter Shawn Haviland for Indianapolis’ only bit of offense on the night.

Haviland tossed six solid innings for Pawtucket, limiting the Tribe to one run on seven hits and seven strikeouts. The PawSox got Haviland his sixth win of the season by plating game two’s deciding run in the fifth.

Against Indians reliever Angel Sanchez, a single and a double to lead off the fifth put Pawtucket in position to take the lead. Take the lead they did, as Sam Travis singled and handed the “home” team a 2-1 advantage.

The Sox held on to that one-run cushion thanks to a perfect seventh inning from Chandler Shepherd, who earned a save while closing out the sweep for Pawtucket.

This series continues with a 7:05 p.m. ballgame on Saturday. Nick Kingham (4-6, 4.75 ERA) gets the ball for the Indians.

Roster Moves

Outfielder Jordan Luplow has been called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 23-year-old just played in 21 games at the Triple-A level, batting .324 with five home runs.

Infielder Edwin Espinal has been brought up from Double-A Altoona. Espina made his Triple-A debut on Friday night, going 0-for-6 in two starts (designated hitter and first base).

Outfielder Austin Meadows begins a MiLB rehab assignment with the GCL Pirates.

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