Indianapolis Indians 4, Pawtucket Red Sox 3
The Indianapolis Indians posted 10 hits, all singles, to beat a former Indian on the mound for the Red Sox, at McCoy Field in Pawtucket, Rhode Island tonight. Brandon Duckworth, who pitched for the Tribe in 2006 and earned an 8-3 record and a 2.42 ERA in 12 starts, could not get through the 5th inning tonight, as his former team handed him his 3rd loss of the season. Indians' starter Rudy Owens (photo) earned his 4th win, going 6 innings and allowing 3 runs on 5 hits.
Both starters pitched three scoreless innings to being their outings. Owens retired the side in order in the 1st inning, then gave up lone singles, to LF Daniel Nava in the 2nd, and CF Che-Hsuan Lin in the 3rd. Duckworth also retired the Indians in order in the 1st inning. 1B Matt Hague singled through the hole and into right field in the 2nd inning. In the top of the 3rd, with two outs, 2B Josh Harrison walked, and CF Gorkys Hernandez singled up the middle, moving Harrison to second base. The two runners both stole the next base, to give the Indians two runners in scoring position, but a ground out by LF Alex Presley ended the inning.
Both teams scored one run in the 4th inning, and for both, the run was driven in by a sacrifice fly. RF John Bowker led off the Tribe's top of the 4th with a walk. Hague smacked his second single of the game, and DH Jason Jaramillo was hit on the chest below his arm to load the bases with one out. C Dusty Brown, who had spent parts of the last 5 seasons playing for the PawSox, drove in the first Indians' run with a sacrifice fly. In the bottom of the frame, Owens walked DH Hector Luna to begin the inning. Luna advanced to second base on a ground out, then moved to third on a single by LF Daniel Nava, who slipped a grounder into center field, just past the diving reach of SS Brian Friday. 2B Tony Thomas brought in Luna with his sacrifice fly.