AWTUCKET, R.I. -- In a
matchup of two postseason clubs from 2012, the Indianapolis Indians
continued the best start in franchise history with Saturday's 6-3
victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox in front on 6,603 at McCoy Stadium.
As the International League's defending West Division champions, the
Indians improved to 31-13 by taking the opener of their four-game series
against the reigning Governor's Cup champs, the PawSox.
In this case, Indianapolis used an unfamiliar formula en route to the
victory. The Indians arrived in Pawtucket as the league leaders in
steals (54), while hitting just 24 home runs, the second-lowest total in
But they went deep three times, including twice off PawSox starter,
Franklin Morales, who was appearing in his second injury-rehabilitation
start for Boston's Triple-A affiliate. Morales has been on the Red Sox
disabled list since spring training, after incurring
a lower back injury and subsequent left pectoral strain.
Through two scoreless innings opposite ex-Pawtucket lefty Kris Johnson,
Morales (L, 0-1) allowed a one-out single and walk in the third, before
Josh Harrison lifted a wind-aided homer to right-center field for a 3-0
Johnson (W, 4-3), who retired the first 10 batters, failed to protect
his lead in the last of the fourth inning. Drew Sutton walked, Bryce
Brentz singled and, after a fly out advanced both, they scored on Jeremy
Hazelbaker's single to pare the difference to
3-2. The Sox tied it when Hazelbaker scored on a double by Ronald
But while those three runs proved the extent of Pawtucket's scoring,
Indianapolis answered on Morales's next pitch. Leading off the fifth,
former Red Sox property Jerry Sands hammered his first home run to left.
Felix Pie's RBI double stretched the Indians'
lead to 5-3.
A second pitcher on an injury-rehab stint, right-hander Andrew Bailey
took over in the sixth and surrendered a solo shot by Brett Carroll to
cap the scoring.
New Englander Ryan Reid (S, 1), a Portland, Maine native, set down nine
of the 10 PawSox he faced, striking out four en route to the save.
NOTES: With just five knocks overall, the PawSox did not have an
individual multti-hit performance; while the Indians collected eight
hits, six for extra bases...They're scheduled to play the second game of
their series Sunday at 1:05 p.m., when highly-regarded
right-handers Allen Webster (2-0, 2.52) and Garrit Cole (3-1, 2.55)
intersect for Pawtucket and Indianapolis, respectively.
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