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Bulls One-Hit Indians

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Brian Myrow tags out Fernando Perez trying to steal third base.

Durham Bulls �2, �Indianapolis Indians �0 (box)

IMG_3661Three Durham Bulls' pitchers held the Indians to just one hit as they shut out the Tribe at Victory Field tonight. �It spoiled a strong performance by Indians' starter Daniel McCutchen, who pitched 7 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and a walk, while striking out 4 batters.

The Indians' first batter in the bottom of the 1st, Kevin Melillo, worked a 5-pitch walk from Bull's starter Brian Baker. �Baker, who is usually a reliever, was making a spot start for Durham, because their starter who ought to have been next in the rotation ended up going on the disabled list. �RF Brandon Moss bunted Melillo to second base with a sacrifice. �2B Jim Negrych (photo) grounded to short, but instead of holding at second to see how the play would develop, Melillo headed for third. �He was an easy out at third base, with Negrych safe at first on the fielder's choice. �1B Steve Pearce, on his rehab assignment, struck out to end the inning.

Baker pitched 4 more innings, his longest outing of the season. �He retired the Indians in order over those innings, including four strikeouts.

IMG_3660The Indians were happy to see Baker sitting down after 5 innings. �Another Bulls' reliever, Mike Ekstrom, came on for the next two innings, and the first batter he faced, CF Jonathan Van Every, greeted the new pitcher with a line drive single into right field. �But SS Argenis Diaz bounced to second base, where 2B Joe Dillon started a 4-6-3 double play, erasing Van Every. �Melillo struck out to end that inning, and Ekstrom retired the side in order in the 7th. �RJ Swindle pitched the last two innings for the Bulls. �He also set 6 Tribe batters down in order. �The closest any of the Indians came to getting a hit other than Van Every's, was C Erik Kratz, who hit a loud and long fly ball to left field in the 8th inning. �Not long enough, though, as Durham's LF Justin Ruggiano made the catch with his back to the left field wall.

Photo: �Daniel McCutchen is keeping his right arm warm on the bench, while Erik Kratz gets ready to move into the on-deck circle.

Indians Take Another Game In Extras

Indianapolis Indians �7, �Buffalo Bison �3 (box)

IMG_3617For the second day in a row, the Indianapolis Indians put up a nice crooked number in the top of an extra inning to break a tie, then won the game when they held off the Bison in their half of the inning. �Today it was 4 runs in the 12th inning that did the trick.

The 12th began with a walk to C Erik Kratz, and a sacrifice bunt by 2B Jim Negrych, to move Kreatz to second base. �Buffalo reliever Adam Pettyjohn intentionally walked the rehabbing RF�Steve Pearce. 1B Jeff Clement (photo) made the Bison regret the walks, as he took a long fly over the head of Bison's RF Valentino Pascucci. �The double drove in both Kratz and Pearce, and gave the Indians a 5-3 lead. �Brandon Jones came on to pinch hit for Tribe reliever Brian Bass, and Jones struck out, but CF Brandon Moss smacked his 16th double of the season to right-center, where it hopped the fence for a ground-rule double, scoring Clement. �SS Argenis Diaz kept things going with a walk. �3B Doug Bernier lined a single up the middle. �The throw to the plate was a few feet up the third base line, but Moss had rounded third and was bearing down on the plate. �Moss crashed C Jason Thole, sending him flying in one direction and the ball flying in another direction, and as he rolled after the collision, Moss's foot rolled over the plate. �Diaz moved to third base and Bernier advanced to second on the throw. �A pop out ended the inning, with the Indians ahead, 7-3.

Steven Jackson came on to pitch the bottom of the frame. �He gave up a one-out single off the glove of SS Argenis Diaz to Bisons' CF Jorge Padilla, but the first pitch Jackson threw to SS Justin Turner was bounced on an easy hop right to Diaz. �Diaz started the 6-4-3 (Diaz to Negrych to Clement) double play to end the game. �Brian Bass earned the win, his second of the season. �The Indians won 3 of the 4 games in this series with Buffalo, and 6 of the 8 games in the season series.

6-Run 10th Lifts Indians Over Bison

Indianapolis Indians �9, �Buffalo Bison �3 (box)

IMG_2336The Indianapolis Indians exploded for 6 runs in the top of the 10th inning, to break a 3-3 tie and put the game out of reach at Coca Cola Field in Buffalo, NY tonight. �SS Argenis Diaz (photo) had the RBI single that tied the game in the 9th, and also contributed an RBI double in the 10th, and CF Jonathan Van Every also had 2 RBI. �Rehabbing Steve Pearce had 3 hits for the Indians. �Jean Machi pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win for the Indians.

The Tribe began the game with their first four batters reaching base safely, on three consecutive hits and a hit batter. �LF Kevin Melillo led off with a double, and he scored on C Luke Carlin's single up the middle. �Carlin tried to take second base when a pitch in the dirt from Dillon Gee got away from the Buffalo catcher Josh Thole -- but not as far away as Carlin thought it was, and Thole threw Carlin out at second base. �2B Jim Negrych doubled, and Steve Pearce, playing right field tonight, was hit by a pitch. �1B Jeff Clement grounded to short, and when the Buffalo SS Justin Turner threw wide to first base, Negrych came around to score an unearned run. �Those were the only runs Gee allowed. �He retired the Indians in order in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th innings. �In the 4th, Pearce grounded to third, where 3B Mike Cervenak stumbled as he went to make the throw to first. �That made his throw come in high at first, with 1B Mike Jacobs leaping off the bag to catch the ball. �It was initially ruled a throwing error on Cervenak, but later changed to a hit for Pearce, who was reaching the bag as the throw came to first anyway. �Jeff Clement also singled, on a grounder that slipped through the right side of the infield. �But two strikeouts and a throw down to second when Clement was off and running with the pitch ended the inning without a run scoring.

IMG_3552Charlie Morton (photo) made the start for the Indians. �It was his third start since joining the Indians, and it was similar to his last. �Tonight he pitched 5 innings and allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts. �(On June 13th, he went 7 innings and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk, with 6 strikeouts.) �Morton gave up a walk in each of the first two innings, and a double over the head of LF Kevin Melillo and off the wall in the 2nd. �Morton needed 21 pitches to get through the 1st inning and another 20 for the 2nd. �Then he retired the side in order in the 3rd inning, needing just 9 pitches.

The Bison tied the score in the 4th inning. �With one out, Morton gave up a single up the middle to CF Fernando Martinez. �After a fly out, LF Lucas Duda doubled, scoring Martinez, and C Josh Thole put a soft liner into center field to bring in Duda and tie the game.

The 6th inning began with a controversial grounder up the third base line by Mike Cervenak. �The ball appeared to be foul, and it bounced in foul territory once it was past third base, but 3B umpire Stephen Barga ruled that the ball was in fair territory when it sailed over the third base bag, and so it was fair, and a double for Cervenak. �Manager Frank Kremblas and C Luke Carlin protested, to no avail. �Kremblas continued on to the mound, to change pitchers, and Carlin apparently continued to express his point of view. �Before reliever Justin Thomas could come in from the bullpen, Barga ejected Carlin from the game.

Erik Kratz came into the game to replace Carlin. �Justin Thomas struck out the first two batters he faced, then gave up a single to pinch-hitter Andy Green, which drove in Mike Cervenak from second base with the go-ahead run (charged to Morton).

Three Homers By One Bison Down Indians

Buffalo Bison �6, �Indianapolis Indians �4 (box)

IMG_3534Three home runs by Buffalo RF Valentino Pascucci powered the Bison over the Indians at Coca-Cola Park in Buffalo tonight. �The Tribe tried for a late-inning come-back, but fell short, despite another strong effort by the bullpen. �Starter Brian Burres (photo)�took the loss, as he allowed two of Pascucci's homers.

Pascucci began his big night in the bottom of the 1st. �SS Andy Green led off the inning with a double into left field. �Brian Burres walked 2B Justin Turner, then gave up the 3-run bomb over the left field wall to Pascucci. �The Bison added another run in each of the next two innings. �In the 2nd, Burres walked the lead-off batter, C Josh Thole, and CF Jonathan Malo followed with a double, moving Thole to third base. �Green's sacrifice fly plated Thole, and the Bison had a 4-0 lead. �They made it 5-0 in the 3rd, on Pascucci's second home run of the game -- at least this was a solo homer, leading off the inning.

Buffalo starter John Maine, on a rehab assignment from the Mets, had the Indians' batters well in hand for the first four innings. �He gave up a walk to RF Brandon Moss in the top of the 1st. �Moss stole second base, then went to third on 2B Jim Negrych's ground out, but Moss got no further. �Maine retired the Tribe batters in order in the 2nd, then walked two more Indians, Brian Burres and LF Kevin Melillo in the 3rd. �They were also left stranded when Maine retired the next two batters to end the inning. �Three Indians sat down in order in the 4th too.

IMG_2602CF Jonathan Van Every (photo) began the top of the 5th with the Indians' first hit of the game, a double into right field. �After a strikeout by SS Argenis Diaz, Brandon Jones came on to pinch hit for Burres. �Jones reached base on a grounder to second base, when Maine, covering first base, dropped the ball on the toss from 2B Justin Turner. �That put runners on the corners for the Indians, and ended Maine's evening. �Reliever Mike O'Connor came on for Buffalo. �He first faced Kevin Melillo and got him to ground out to first, but that allowed Van Every to score from third base. �It was the only run the Indians would get in the inning, as another ground out by Brandon Moss ended the brief rally.

Brian Burres also left the game after just 4 innings. �He had allowed 5 runs on a total of 5 hits -- two home runs plus the sacrifice fly. �Burres had thrown 78 pitches (46 for strikes). �Jeremy Powell took over for Burres, and struck out the side with 15 pitches. �Brian Bass took his turn in the 6th, and he also retired the side in order, on three straight ground outs. �Steven Jackson, recently reactivated from the disabled list, worked around a single for a scoreless 7th inning.

Negrych’s Happy Homecoming

Indianapolis Indians �2, �Buffalo Bison �0 (box)

IMG_3624The newest member of the Indianapolis Indians, infielder Jim Negrych (photo), played ball in his home town of Buffalo for the first time in many years. �He had hundreds, literally hundreds, of family and friends in the stands, and at times it was a bit hard to tell which team the crowd was cheering for. �And if that weren't enough, Negrych hit the game-winning home run and made some outstanding defensive plays at second base. �It was definitely the Negrych Show at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, NY.

Hayden Penn got the start for the Indians, and for the first few innings, he kept getting himself into trouble, then getting out of it. �He got the first two outs of the 1st inning, then walked 1B Mike Jacobs. �A wild pitch on strike three moved Jacobs to second base and put 3B Mike Cervenak on first base. �Then Penn got CF Fernando Martinez to tap back to the mound for the third out.

The Bison opened the 2nd inning with a double into right field by LF Lucas Duda. �Duda got greedy, though, and tried to make it a triple -- and was thrown out by Tribe RF Brandon Moss, through cut-off man 2B Jim Negrych, to 3B Doug Bernier, who tagged out Duda at third. �That bailed out Penn, because he followed the unexpected out by giving up a signle to C Josh Thole, a walk to SS Andy Green, a sacrifice bunt to Buffalo pitcher Pat Misch, and another walk to RF Russ Adams to load the bases. �Penn got out of the inning when 2B Justin Turner bounced to Bernier at third for a grounder force out at second base.

IMG_3318Penn (photo) had to deal with a runner at third base in the 3rd inning too. �With two outs, he gave up a double to Martinez, and another wild pitch put Martinez on third base. �Duda walked, giving the Bison runners on the corners. �But Thole grounded to second base, where Jim Negrych made the scoop and threw to SS Argenis Diaz covering second base for the force out that ended the inning. �Penn finished the first three innings having given up 4 walks, 3 hits (2 doubles and a single), 2 wild pitches �-- but no runs.

The Indians had a hit in each of the first four innings. �The man of the night, Jim Negrych, singled with two outs in the 1st inning. �1B Jeff Clement doubled to lead off the 2nd inning, and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by CF Jonathan Van Every. Brandon Moss singled with two outs in the 3rd. �Clement singled again in the 4th inning. �All four of them were left on base.

Then, Hayden Penn flipped a switch. �Or maybe brought in his not-so-evil twin. �Penn retired the next 9 batters he faced in order, including three strikeouts.

Alvarez Called Up; McCutchen Takes Tough Loss

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Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees �4, �Indianapolis Indians �1 (box)

IMG_3176A 3-run homer in the bottom of the 8th broke a 1-1 tie, handing starter Daniel McCutchen a hard-luck loss at PNC Field in Scranton, PA. �But there was a piece of good luck, at least for Pirates fans, after the game: �3B Pedro Alvarez (photo) was called up to Pittsburgh, to join the Pirates.

In just his second season of professional baseball, Alvarez has played in 66 games with the Indians, hitting .280 with 15 doubles, 4 triples, 13 homers, and 53 RBI. �He leaves the International League with the league's third- highest RBI total, tied for second in triples, and tied for fourth in home runs. �Alvarez, like most of the Indians, has had trouble against the S/WB Yankees, going 1-for-15 in this 4-game series, with 2 RBI and 6 strikeouts. �The hit he had was a home run on Saturday. �Alvarez had started off the season with a slow month of April, hitting .224 though with 5 homers and 15 RBI. �He improved that average to .294 in May, with 6 more homers and 30 more RBI. �In half of June, he has hit .346 -- and that counts the 1-for-15 series -- with 2 home runs and 8 RBI. �The Pirates had challenged Alvarez to improve his average against left-handed pitchers, and he has done that. �His current splits have him hitting .266 against right-handed pitchers and .323 against southpaws.

IMG_3467Daniel McCutchen (photo) began tonight's game by retiring the first 6 batters he faced. �He gave up a run in the 3rd inning, which began with Yankees' 3B Matt Cusick lifting a fly ball over Tribe LF Kevin Melillo's head for a double. �2B Reegie Corona's ground out to second moved Cusick to third base. �McCutchen hit the next batter, RF Greg Golson, who then stole second base. �LF Reid Gorecki's fly ball to left field became a sacrifice fly, scoring Cusick with the first run of the game.

McCutchen gave up only one hit over the next three innings. �1B Jorge Vazquez lined a 2-out single into the right-center field alley in the 4th, and was left on base when C Jesus Montero popped out to end the inning. �The next 6 batters, over the 5th and 6th innings, all went down in order.

Yankees' starter Ivan Nova was letting Indians' batters get on base in the first half of the game, but he was getting help from his teammates, specifically in the form of double plays. �DH Brian Myrow reached base on a fielding error in the top of the 1st, when his grounder skipped off the glove of 2B Corona and into right field. �In the 2nd, 1B Jeff Clement and C Luke Carlin opened the inning with back-to-back singles, but RF Brandon Moss bounced into a double play. �That put Clement on third base and erased Carlin. �A fly out by CF Jonathan Van Every ended the inning.

Morton Takes The Loss But Pitches Better

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees �3, �Indianapolis Indians �1 (box)

IMG_3555Tribe pitcher Charlie Morton (photo) made his second rehab start with the Indianapolis Indians this afternoon at PNC Field in Scranton, PA, and despite being charged with the loss, Morton had a better outing than he had last week. �Morton pitched 6 innings and allowed 3 runs on 7 hits and a walk, while striking out 6 batters. �Back on Tuesday, Morton had not made it through the 4th inning and had given up 5 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks, with 3 strikeouts. �Opposing batters hit .353 against Morton last week, but hit .292 against him today. �Not wonderful, not great, but at least better.

What was even more telling, though, was that after Morton allowed 3 runs on 6 hits in the first three innings, Morton settled down. �Over the last three innings he pitched today, Morton gave up just one hit, a single to Yankees' SS Eduardo Nunez in the 5th. �Nunez stole second base, but was left there when Morton finished the inning with a ground out. �Morton retired the Yankees in order in the 4th and the 6th, and he struck out 4 batters in those last three innings.

That does mean that Morton had trouble in the first three innings. �In fact, the first four batters he faced in the bottom of the 1st, all singled, and all made good solid contact with Morton's pitches. �RF Reid Gorecki singled up the middle, and DH Colin Curtis slipped a grounder into right field, moving Gorecki to third base. �Gorecki scored on Nunez's single into left field, and 1B Juan Miranda's single loaded the bases. �After a quick visit by pitching coach Dean Treanor, Morton got 3B Jorge Vasquez to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play, started by SS Argenis Diaz, to 2B Jim Negrych, and on to 1B Jeff Clement, who was pulled a little to the infield side of the bag by Negrych's throw, but still was able to tag Vasquez as he ran past. �Curtis scored from third on the play. �Morton struck out C Jesus Montero to end the inning.

Morton had a little momentum from the double play and the strikeout, and he retired the Yankees in order in the 2nd, aided by an impressive catch by Jim Negrych on a short soft liner by CF Greg Golson. �Negrych had to go behind him and to his right to make the play.

IMG_2336The Indians had managed only one hit over the first two innings. �Jeff Clement smacked a double over the head of LF David Winfree, who did not judge the wind and the ball very well, and then couldn't readjust fast enough. �The top of the 3rd began with a single into center field by RF Brandon Jones. Argenis Diaz (photo) hit a fly ball into right field, which Yankees' RF Reid Gorecki let bounce just in front of him, making the catch on a very short hop, about at the level of his ankles. �Jones had had to hold up because he thought Gorecki might be able to catch the ball, and then when the catch was made after the bounce, Jones had to race to second. �Gorecki was expecting it, and was easily able to fire to second base to force out Jones. �Diaz was safe at first, and he moved to second base on a wild pitch from Yankees' starter Tim Redding. �LF Kevin Melillo first slugged a long ball down the right field line which curved foul at the last moment, missing a home run by only about 10 feet. �Melillo eventually�flied out, and Diaz tagged up and advanced to third base. �Then Jim Negrych collected his first AAA hit and his first AAA RBI with a double off the wall in left field, scoring Diaz, and cutting the Yankees' lead to 2-1.

Alvarez And Clement Homer In Tribe Loss

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees �3, �Indianapolis Indians �2 (box)

IMG_3535The Yankees held the Indians to just 3 hits tonight at PNC Field in Scranton, PA, �snapping the Indians' 5-game winning streak. �Pitchers ruled the game, as six hurlers combined for a total of 26 strikeouts.

After the Indians went down in order in the top of the 1st (two strikeouts), Scranton got the scoring started in the bottom of the frame. �With two outs, Tribe starter Brian Burres (photo) gave up back-to-back singles to SS Eduardo Nunez and DH Jesus Montero. �He hit 1B David Winfree with a pitch to load the bases. �C Rene Rivera drove a liner into left field, scoring both Nunez and Montero, before Burres ended the inning with a strikeout.

The Indians got the runs right back in the top of the 2nd inning. �3B Pedro Alvarez worked the count full, then smashed a solo home run over the right-center field wall. �1B Jeff Clement made it back-to-back homers with a blast over the center field wall on a 0-1 pitch, to tie the score. �Yankees' starter Dustin Moseley responded by striking out the next three batters, CF Jonathan Van Every, C Erik Kratz, and 2B Doug Bernier, to end the inning.

Keeping in the home run theme, Yankees' CF Greg Golson added his own solo homer, with one out in the 2nd inning, giving the lead back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

And that was the end of the scoring.

Brian Burres struck out two batters in the 2nd, around that home run. �He gave up singles in the 3rd and 5th, and hit a batter (Nunez) in the 3rd. �He also struck out four batters over the 3rd - 5th innings, plus one more to begin the 6th inning. �With two outs in the 6th, Burres gave up a double to 2B Reegie Corona. �That ended his evening, and he was relieved by Anthony Claggett. Burres had thrown 105 pitches, 70 of them strikes, and gave up 3 runs on 7 hits, no walks, with 8 strikeouts.

Indians Sweep PawSox WIth Offensive Explosion

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Brandon Moss is congratulated on his home run.

Indianapolis Indians �10, �Pawtucket Red Sox �3 (box)

IMG_3606The Indianapolis Indians scored 9 runs in the first three innings tonight at Victory Field, pounding the Pawtucket Red Sox to earn a sweep of their 4-game series. �The two teams have now completed their 8-game season series, with the Indians nearly sweeping that too -- 7 wins for the Indians and only one for the PawSox. �The win, combined with a loss by the Columbus Clippers, moves the Indians up to 1.5 games behind the first-place Clippers in the International League Western Division.

The game began with a run for the PawSox in the top of the 1st. �Tribe starter Hayden Penn (photo) had a tough 1st inning, and it was not entirely his own doing. �Penn gave up a single to the Pawtucket lead-off hitter, 2B Niuman Romero. �He got SS Gil Vasquez to fly out and tricked DH Angel Sanchez into swinging at an outside pitch for strike three, but then hit 1B Lars Anderson with a pitch. �LF Aaron Bates grounded to third base, but 3B Pedro Alvarez, going to his right, has the ball pop into and out of his glove as he crossed into foul territory. �Alvarez recovered the ball quickly and turned to fire to first -- but airmailed the ball way over 1B Jeff Clement's head and into the stands. �That allowed Romero to score, and put Anderson on third and Bates on second base, as Alvarez was charged with both a fielding and a throwing error. �A ground out ended the inning, with Pawtucket up 1-0.

IMG_3615That didn't last long. �The Indians exploded for 6 runs in the bottom of the inning, as they sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the 1st. �LF Kevin Melillo led off with a line drive into right field for a single. �RF Brandon Moss took the lead back for the Indians with a 2-run blast over the wall in the deepest part of left-center field (photo). �Brian Myrow, who had DH duties tonight with the arrival of Jeff Clement, continued the fun with a grounder that handcuffed the PawSox 2B Romero, ruled a single. �Myrow moved to second base when Pawtucket pitcher Randor Bierd, and moments later, took third base the same way. �Neither of those wild pitches got all that far away from home plate, but Myrow was being alert and took the Red Sox by surprise.

Pedro Alvarez struck out for the first out of the inning, and Clement followed with a walk. �With runners on the corners, CF Jonathan Van Every hit a long fly ball that turned into a sacrifice fly, scoring Myrow. �C Erik Kratz grounded up the middle for another single, and Clement advanced to second base. �2B Doug Bernier continued with a grounder through the hole into left field, scoring Clement from second base. �Kratz and Bernier both came across the plate on a grounder that slipped past third base and continued along the left field line by SS Argenis Diaz. At this point, Randor Bierd was looking hopefully down toward his bullpen, where he saw -- no one moving, no rescue in sight. �But Bierd got Kevin Melillo to fly out, finally ending the inning. �The Tribe had a resounding 6-1 lead.

Indians Survive 9th Inning Scare As McCutchen Wins

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This is the huge shift the Indians use against lefty batters.... that's 3B Pedro Alvarez standing where the shortstop would usually stand, about half a mile from third base. �SS Argenis Diaz is standing almost behind second base.

Indianapolis Indians �4, �Pawtucket Red Sox �2 (box)

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The Indians survived a scare in the 9th inning to win their 4th straight game tonight at Victory Field. �Starter Daniel McCutchen dominated the PawSox for 7 innings to earn his 4th win of the season with the Indians. �McCutchen allowed only one run on 3 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 7 batters. �LF Kevin Melillo, 3B Pedro Alvarez, and RF Brandon Moss had 2 hits each in the contest, and one of Melillo's hits was a solo home run. �The Tribe has now won 6 of the 7 games (so far, tomorrow is the last) on this homestand.

The Indians got busy in the 1st inning. �With one out, DH Brandon Jones worked a walk. �Pedro Alvarez sent him to third base with a single lined into right field. �Brandon Moss followed with a double driven down the right field line and into the corner, easily scoring Jones from third base to give the Indians a 1-0 lead.

McCutchen (photo) sailed through most of his ininngs, and only had serious trouble in one inning. �He began his outing by retiring 9 of the 10 batters he faced over the first three innings. �The only Pawtucket batter to reach base in the first third of the game was RF Daniel Nava, who was hit by a pitch (it barely grazed his uniform, but that counts) in the 1st inning.

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(Photo: �Doug Bernier makes a play at second base)

The 4th inning was tougher for McCutchen, as the first three batters who came to the plate reached base safely. �SS Angel Sanchez opened the inning with a liner up the middle for a single, and Nava followed with a double into righ field, moving Sanchez to third base. �1B Lars Anderson walked on four straight pitches, and the bases were loaded. �C Luke Carlin had a brief chat with McCutchen, who then bore down and struck out C Dusty Brown on three pitches for the first out of the inning. �LF Ryan Kalish bounced a slow dribbler over toward first base. �1B Brian Myrow had to charge in onto the grass to field the ball, and by the time he had it in his glove, his only play was at first base. �Kalish was out at first, but he brought in Sanchez from third base to tie the score at 1-1. �McCutchen ended the inning by striking out DH Tug Hulett.

The only other hit McCutchen allowed came in the 5th inning, after two outs had already been recorded. �2B Niuman Romero lined a single into center field, then stole second base without even drawing a throw from Luke Carlin. �Sanchez worked the count full, then on ball four, Romero took off from second base, to steal third base. �This time Carlin made the throw to third. �Pedro Alvarez, who was playing wide of third, had to scramble back to the bag, and wasn't quite there yet as the throw was coming to him. �He made the catch on the run, then reached down to make the tag on Romero as he slid in. �Romero was called out, and Pawtucket manager Torey Lovullo argued the call. �Radio broadcasters Howard Kellman and Scott McCauley, who have replay capabilities in their booth, said that they thought the replay showed that Alvarez did not actually get the tag on Romero. �The ball reached the bag before Romero did, and on the replay, Alvarez seemed to tag the dirt next to Romero.

McCutchen pitched two more innings, both 3-up-and-3-down, including one strikeout in each. �He finished his evening with 98 pitches, 65 for strikes.

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