PAWTUCKET, RI – Indianapolis Indians starting pitcher Adrian Sampson threw six or more innings for a fifth consecutive start, but the Tribe could only collect six hits against the Pawtucket Red Sox on Tuesday night.
Sampson struck out eight batters and allowed just one run on six hits, but the Red Sox walked away with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings at McCoy Stadium.
Pawtucket jumped on Sampson in the first, grabbing an early 1-0 lead on a RBI double from Allen Craig.
Sampson would dominate in his next six innings of work, surrendering only four singles to the Red Sox.
Pawtucket starter Keith Couch would match Sampson’s strong outing by allowing just one run on four hits in his 5 1/3 innings on the mound.
In the sixth, Couch’s final inning, the Tribe would tie the game up at one run each thanks to a pair of errors.
Alen Hanson led off the inning by reaching on a fielding error by Craig. Hanson then stole second and advanced to third on a poor pickoff attempt from Couch. Jose Tabata would then knock Couch out of the game by driving in Hanson on a RBI single to center.
The two teams’ bullpens would exchange scoreless innings until the tenth, when Pawtucket would break through and win the game.
Josh Wall, who came on in relief of Sampson to pitch in the eighth and ninth, would take the loss after struggling to begin the tenth.
Wall would give up a single and hit a batter with a pitch to start the inning, forcing the Indians to call on A.J. Morris.
Morris would hit Humberto Quintero with a pitch to load the bases and after striking out Sean Coyle, Rusney Castillo gave the Red Sox a walk-off win with a RBI single to left.
Indianapolis will try to salvage the series when they wrap up the three-game set with the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon. First pitch from Pawtucket is set for 12:05 p.m. with former Indiana Mr. Baseball Clayton Richard (0-0, 0.00 ERA) scheduled to make his debut for the Indians.
Richard was activated on Tuesday and has a career 46-47 record and 4.33 ERA as a major leaguer. At the minor league level, Richard has complied a record of 30-33 with a 3.37 ERA.