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Westbrook Loses Another Tough One
"Obviously, a big mistake cost us," Indians manager Eric Wedge told reporters. "Ronnie made a hell of a play. Benny has to finish off the play right there."
Eaton and Padres closer finished off the Indians as San Diego avoided a three-game sweep. Eaton pitched seven shutout innings. He allowed six hits and one walk, striking out nine.
The Padres got only three hits, including a solo homer by ex-Indians outfielder Brian Giles (his eighth) in the sixth that made it 3-0.
Crisp hit his seventh homer off reliever Scott Linebrink in the eighth and Hoffman allowed a pinch-hit RBI single to Jody Gerut in the ninth before striking out Grady Sizemore for his 17th save of the season and 410th of his career.
It was Westbrook's third one-run loss this season. The Indians have scored a total of 18 runs in his nine losses.
NOTABLE: John Drennen, drafted by Cleveland with the 33rd overall pick on Tuesday, wore an Indians ballcap as he sat in the Tribe dugout before the game and chatted with reporters. The standout outfielder at San Diego's Rancho Bernardo High School admitted he is eager to sign a pro contract instead of honoring a commitment to attend UCLA.
"It is what it is, you get slot money and take it and go play," Drennen said. "Your payday is on the big-league field. I don't have a deal done yet, but I graduate June 22 and will be out by the 25th in Burlington, N.C. and playing in a rookie league. If you love playing, why not go out and play? There's no point sitting at home on your rear."
Right-hander Kyle Evans and infielder Scott Youngbauer were released from their contracts at Class AA Akron, where infielder Warren Morris was released catcher Javier Carmona added to the roster after being acquired from St. Louis for a player to be named later earlier this week. That player became Buffalo outfielder John Rodriguez, who was sent to the Cardinals after becoming the odd man out with the Bisons when Ryan Ludwick was outrighted there last week.
Right-hander Kyle Denney (elbow) was reinstated from the Buffalo disabled list, outfielder Franklin Gutierrez (finger) was reinstated from the Akron disabled list, but third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff was put on the Kinston disabled list, retroactive to June 3 because of a strained back. Infielder Brandon Pinckney was activated at Kinston, outfielder Tim Montgomery transferred from Mahoning Valley to Lake County and infielder Jose Ortega transferred from Lake County to Mahoning Valley. The Indians have plans of converting Ortega to a pitcher.
CLASS AAA BUFFALO (37-24) edged visiting Syracuse, 6-5, as Jeff Liefer turned a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh inning. Liefer (.291) went 2-for-4 as did Ryan Ludwick (.333) and Ryan Garko (.263), who hit his 10th homer. Mike Kinkade (.290) went 2-for-3. Kyle Denney (5.87 ERA) gave up four runs over 5 1/3 innings. Andrew Brown (1-2, 5.04 ERA) gave up one run over 1 1/3 innings and coughed up the lead, but was in the game when Liefer delivered and so got the win. Fernando Cabrera (0.79 ERA) gave up one hit and struck out three over two scoreless innings for his first save. Cabrera now has a 5-0 record and 46 strikeouts with only six walks over 34 innings this year.
CLASS AA AKRON (34-24) outlasted visiting New Hampshire, 11-8. Jonathan Van Every (.252) went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and scored two, Ben Francisco (.319) went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs and Jason Cooper (.254) was 2-for-4 with two runs to lead the Aeros. Starter J.D. Martin (3.03 ERA) gave up six runs (five earned) over 4 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out six. Travis Thompson (4-0, 1.40 ERA) gave up five hits but only one run over 2 1/3 innings and was the winner. Travis Foley (5.60 ERA) yielded one run over 1 1/3 innings and Chris Cooper (2.27 ERA) got the final two outs for his fourth save.
CLASS A KINSTON (33-27) and the entire Carolina League had a day off. The K-Tribe, which holds a one-game lead in the Southern Division, will open a seven-game homestand Friday night with the first of three games against Myrtle Beach.
CLASS A LAKE COUNTY (35-26) scored four runs in the top of the ninth to win at Hagerstown, 5-4, and pull within two games of the first-place Suns in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. Brian Finegan (.254) hit a two-run double to bring the Captains within 4-3 and Juan Valdes (.220) added a two-run single to win it. Argenis Reyes (.327) had another good game, going 3-for-5 with two runs. Starter Chuck Lofgren (1.29 ERA) had some control problems again. He allowed only one hit and one run over four innings, but walked five and struck out one. Adrian Schau (6.52 ERA) gave up five hits and two unearned runs over three innings. Scott Roehl (3-3, 2.75) allowed a solo homer in his only inning and Kieran Mattison (2.33 ERA) pitched a perfect bottom of the ninth for his 10th save.
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