Indians Begin Second Half With Loss

Daniel McCutchen threw a total of 87 pitches (50 strikes) in his 5.1 innings, striking out 5 batters as he gave up 4 hits and 3 walks for the 3 hits.� He was relieved by Daniel Moskos, after McCutchen got a strikeout and gave up a walk to begin the 6th inning.� Moskos balked the runner to second base, then ended the inning with a ground out and a fly out.� Moskos came back out to begin the 7th with a walk and two strikeouts.� He was replaced by Steven Jackson, who finished the 7th with a ground out.

The Indians went into the bottom of the 8th only one run behind and still a hope of catching up.� But the first six Rochester batters reached base, and it went downhill.� With Jackson on the mound, Jacque Jones doubled, Jose Morales singled, and Brian Dinkelman walked to load the bases.� Brendan Harris singled into left field, scoring Jones easily.� Kevin Melillo’s throw in from left field came to the plate a few steps up the line, and as Jason Jaramillo went to get it, Morales got past him to score a second run.� At that point, Jackson was relieved by Justin Thomas. Thomas hit the next batter, Brock Peterson, with a pitch, loading the bases again.� Wilson Ramos singled, bringing in Dinkelman.� Matt Macri took a long fly ball to center field, as the Red Wings’ fans hoped for a home run — but Alex Presley caught up to it, making the catch for a sacrifice fly.� One run came in, instead of two or three.� A grounder to second base let Jim Negrych begin a double play, 4-6-3 (Negrych to Diaz to Myrow) to end the inning.� The Red Wings had taken a 7-2 lead.

But the Indians were not going down without a fight.� Kevin Melillo opened the top of the 9th with a walk, and Aki Iwamura bounced a ground-rule double over the left-center field wall, moving Melillo to third base.� Brian Myrow made the first out of the inning with a pop out to third.� Brandon Moss kept things going with a single through the hole into right field, and both Melillo and Iwamura both scored.� Moss stole second base, which put him into scoring position so that he could score on Jim Negrych’s line drive into center field.� That was all the Indians could get, though.� Alex Presley struck out, and Jonathan Van Every bounced to second base for a force out to end the game.

Daniel McCutchen was charged with the loss, his 6th of the season with the Indians.� Jim Negrych was the only Tribe batter who had a multi-hit game, with 2 singles.

Indians’ Hitting Gem of the Game: Brandon Moss’s 2-RBI single in the 9th, which kept the Indians alive in the 9th inning.

Indians’ Defensive Gems of the Game:� In the bottom of the 6th, with a runner on second base and two out, Brock Peterson took a long fly ball to center field.� Alex Presley, who had been playing a shallow center field like ususal, went back and back, and made a running catch for the final out of the inning.� It kept a run from scoring at that point.� Then, in the bottom of the 8th, with runners on second and third, Matt Macri hit another long fly to center.� Presley did it again, running back from his shallow position to make the catch, though this time it was a sacrifice fly.


Lots of roster moves:

C Erik Kratz was promoted to the Pirates, and he got the news in the middle of the All-Star Game yesterday.� (If you didn’t see the clip, it’s a great interview from MLB tv.)

Kratz had to be added to the Pirates’ 40-man roster, which will officially happen on Friday, and so they moved pitcher Chris Jakubauskas to the 60-day disabled list.

C Jason Jaramillo was optioned to Indianapolis on Sunday.

LHP Justin Thomas was also optioned to Indianapolis on Sunday.

P Hayden Penn has been moved to the temporarily inactive list, as the is awaiting the finalization of being signed to play in Japan.� That makes room on the roster for Thomas.

INF Doug Bernier has been placed on the Disabled List — no reason specified.� Could it be the phantom DL?

That opens up a roster spot for INF Brian Bixler, who joined the Indians in Rochester.� Bixler is slated to play 3 or 4 days per week (about what he was doing in Columbus), and play in several different positions.

LHP Corey Hamman was placed on the disabled list, opening up a space for…

Daniel McCutchen, who was activated today onto the roster.

Go Tribe!

(photo by Nancy)

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