Scranton pitching shut down Indianapolis’ offense, holding the Tribe to a run and four hits en route to a 5-1 victory Tuesday morning at PNC Field outside Scranton. The Yankees won the last two games of the series to improve to 23-20 overall, while the loss dropped the Indians to 20-27. The two teams renew acquaintances next Monday when Indianapolis opens a homestand at Victory Field.
Yankees pitcher Adam Warren was dominant, Warren (8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) went an Indians’ opponent season long eight innings, surrendering just three singles while striking out four on Tuesday morning. The Yankees’ right hander, who entered the contest with one of the highest walk totals in the IL, gave up just one walk on his way to his third victory of the season.
Offensively, Scranton first baseman Jorge Vasquez provided all the runs the Yankees would need with his International League leading 17th home run of the season in the first inning.
The usually potent Indianapolis attack couldn’t get untracked on this day. RF John Bowker collected the only mutl-hit effort for the Tribe with a pair of hits in four trips to the plate.
Indians’ starter Sean Gallagher (6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 SO) suffered the loss to fall to 1-7 after allowing three runs on five hits over six innings of work.
Following an off day Indianapolis will head to Pawtucket for a four-game series, beginning on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. LHP Rudy Owens is expected to get the start in the series opener for the Indians, while former Tribe hurler Brandon Duckworth is the probable starter for the PawSox.
In Monday night’s rain-delayed game, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre starter David Phelps held the Indianapolis offense to one run on eight hits in over seven innings of work, while Yankees relievers Randy Flores and Kevin Whelan was perfect in the final 1.2 frames to defeat the Indians 2-1.
Yankees pitching dominated the night, as Phelps (7.1 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO) scattered eight hits, along with a lone run in 7.1 frames to earn the victory and move to 3-4 in 2011, while Flores (0.2 IP) received his first hold of the year and Whelan (1.0 IP, 1 SO) notched his league-leading 13th save.
Indians starter Brad Lincoln (6.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 SO) suffered the loss to fall to 4-4 despite surrendering just two earned runs on five hits, while striking out seven in six innings. Lincoln, who had won each of his last four starts, gave up the two scores in the second and from then on relinquished just two hits. RHP Chris Leroux (2.0 IP, 1 SO) followed Lincoln with two perfect frames of relief.