INDIANAPOLIS – Just like on Friday, the Indianapolis Indians (65-53) dropped a 3-2 decision to the Pawtucket Red Sox (55-62) on Saturday night.
Indy built a 2-0 edge early on, but the Sox battled back to score the game’s last three runs and guarantee themselves of a series win at Victory Field.
The Tribe struck quickly in this one, leading 1-0 after one inning of play. Kevin Newman was all over the base paths in the bottom of the first with a leadoff single, stolen base and was able to end up on third on a wild pitch. Jose Osuna‘s single scored Newman and gave the Indians the early advantage.
Indianapolis doubled their lead in the fourth. Jacob Stallings led off with a walk and Kevin Kramer followed with a double, setting the table for a Max Moroff ground ball to make the score 2-0 in favor of the home team.
For a while, it looked as if a two-run cushion would be enough for Tribe starting pitcher J.T. Brubaker. The right-hander breezed through six scoreless innings before the PawSox finally got to him.
Former Cincinnati Reds star Brandon Phillips started the rally versus Brubaker in the seventh, leading off with a double. Brubaker followed by striking out Sam Travis, but a Josh Ockimey single kept the Red Sox from getting shut out. Brubaker did punch out Jantzen Witte next, but that was his final batter.
Brubaker’s final line: 6.2 innings pitched, five hits, one earned run, no walks, and five strikeouts. His ERA is now down to a mark of 3.12 after his fifth consecutive start of two runs or less, but Brubaker did not emerge with a W on this night.
Steven Brault replaced Brubaker with two outs in the seventh and kept Indy ahead by a run, but was not as successful when he returned to the mound in the eighth. Brault issued a leadoff walk to Oscar Hernandez and then saw Tzu-Wei Lin triple him home, tying the score at 2-2. Tanner Anderson took over for Brault and promptly gave up a run-scoring groundout, a groundout that produced Saturday’s winning run.
Both runs were charged to Brault, who took both the loss and a blown save.
The Indians did get two runners on base in their half of the eighth and another man on in the ninth, but could not generate any last chance runs.
It was only a one-run lead, hardly very safe, but the Indians sink to a record of 57-6 when leading after seven innings.
Indy will close out the homestand on Sunday, looking to avoid a sweep at the hands of Pawtucket. The Tribe will have one of their best pitchers on the bump, as Tyler Eppler (12-5, 3.67 ERA) throws the first pitch at 1:35 p.m.