Indianapolis Indians 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 5
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The Indianapolis Indians withstood a late-inning surge by the Red Sox, to beat Pawtucket this afternoon at Victory Field, and earn at least a split of this 4-game series. The PawSox won the first game of the series on Friday night, but the Tribe has taken the next two games. The two teams' final meeting of the season will be on Monday evening.
Before the game even started, there was a bit of drama for the Indians. About 10 minutes before game time, the Indians received word from Pittsburgh that Pirates' outfielder (and former Indian) Jose Tabata had been injured while running out a bunt. Tabata had crossed the first base bag, then sank to the ground with a left quadriceps problem. He had to be taken off the field on a cart, but was later able to walk around the clubhouse, though limping. The Pirates were strongly considering calling up Tribe outfielder Alex Presley, probably within a couple more days, but depending on the severity of Tabata's injury, they felt that timetable might have to be moved up. So, just before the Indians' game began, Presley was removed from the lineup. He may already be on his way to Pittsburgh, or may wait another day, since the Pirates have a scheduled off day on Monday.
With Presley cheering the team on, and coaching first base (photo), the Indians got down to business with the PawSox. They recorded 11 hits (to 12 for Pawtucket), and had only one inning without at least one baserunner. Every member of the line-up got on base at least once during the game, and 1B Matt Hague led the way with 3 hits.
The Tribe got warmed up with two base runners in the 1st inning, when SS Brian Friday walked and Hague lined a single into left field, but both were left on base. The 2nd inning began with a walk to 2B Josh Rodriguez and a grounder up the middle for a single by RF Miles Durham. C Wyatt Toregas dropped down a nice sacrifice bunt toward the third base side of the mound. Pawtucket starter Felix Doubront fielded the ball cleanly, but his throw to first base sailed high over the 1B Lars Anderson's head and into the visitors' bullpen. By the time the PawSox chased the ball down, Rodriguez and Durham had both scored (Durham from first), and Toregas was standing on second base. CF Gorkys Hernandez grounded out to third, and Toregas held at second, but when DH Corey Wimberly blooped a single into right-center field, Toregas advanced to third -- and took himself out of the game. Toregas had apparently suffered an injury, though it was not apparent what was wrong. He did not seem to be limping, and didn't slide into third oddly. Kris Watts, who was brought up from AA Altoona (again) yesterday, took Toregas' place at third base as a pinch-runner, then remained in the game as catcher. Watts did not get to run from third, though, as Friday bounced into an inning-ending double play, but the Indians had taken a 2-0 lead.