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Zero Runs Again For Millwood In Loss
Texas broke an eight-game losing streak and kept Cleveland from gaining ground in the AL wild-card race. The Indians remained three games behind Oakland and two behind New York, both of whom also lost. Minnesota and Toronto both won to move within one game of the Indians. Young, a 6-foot-10 right-hander, allowed only two harmless singles over eight innings. He did it with an overpowering fastball and a deceptive changeup, mixing in just enough breaking pitches to keep Cleveland hitters off stride all night. He walked one, struck out seven and grazed two batters with pitches, but was in command until Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his 27th save. "We had trouble picking the ball up a little," Indians manager Eric Wedge told reporters wanting to know how the Indians suffered their fifth home shutout of the season and second in three games. "He's a big guy, a little bit sneaky. He hides the ball and has a little hitch in his delivery." The Indians got a two-out single from Coco Crisp in the third inning and leadoff single by Travis Hafner in the seventh as they were shut out for the fourth time in Millwood's last nine starts. Millwood (6-10) gave up a two-run homer to Michael Young in the first inning and a solo shot to Phil Nevin in the fourth. MINOR MATTERS Cleveland claimed right-hander Jason Young off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and optioned him to Class AAA Buffalo. To make room on the 40-man roster, right-hander Francisco Cruceta was designated for assignment. Young, 25, was Colorado's second-round draft pick in 2000, No. 47 overall, after going a combined 21-5 over three years at Stanford University. He has an 0-3 record and 9.71 ERA in 29 2/3 innings in 10 games for the Rofckers in 2003-04. In 21 games, including 20 starts, this year at Class AAA Colorado Springs, he went 9-8 with a 6.39 ERA. The Indians have 10 days to trade, release or outright Cruceta to the minors. The 24-year-old was 6-4 with a 5.19 ERA in 30 games, including 13 starts, at Buffalo this season. He was 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA in two games covering 7 2/3 innings during his only stint in the majors with Cleveland in 2004. CLASS AAA BUFFALO (67-58) was blanked at Richmond, 5-0, and dropped into a tie with Rochester for first place in the Northern Division of the International League when the Red Wings scored twice in the ninth inning to win. Ryan Garko (.304) and Javier Cardona (.261) each had two of the Bisons' seven total hits. Dan Denham (0-2, 10.80) was pounded for four runs in only 1 1/3 innings. Billy Traber (6.61 ERA) gave up one more run over 4 2/3 innings before Brian Tallet (4.37 ERA) pitched two scoreless. CLASS AA AKRON (73-51) swept a doubleheader from visiting Altoona, 3-2 and 8-1 after splitting two games with the Curve on Tuesday night at Canal Park. The clubs will complete their five-game series tonight. The Aeros won the first game when Ben Francisco led off the bottom of the 14th inning with his sixth homer. That made a winner of Jason Stanford (2-0, 1.69 ERA), who worked two scoreless innings. Starter Jeremy Sowers (2.37 ERA) gave up two runs over seven innings, striking out nine without a walk. That gives him 58 strikeouts and only eight walks in 68 1/3 innings with the Aeros. Overall in 139 2/3 innings, including his time at Class A Kinston, the left-hander has fanned 133 and walked only 27 with a 12-4 record. Travis Foley (3.83 ERA) pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out three and Chris Cooper (1.90 ERA) fanned five over another 2 2/3 scoreless. Overall, the Aeros struck out 19 without walking a batter. Francisco went 3-for-6. In the second game, Armando Camacaro (.259) had three hits, including his first homer, a solo shot, and drove in three runs. Jon Van Every (.226) hit his 23rd homer, also with nobody on base. Mariano Gomez (4-2, 5.31 ERA) gave up three runs in a seven-inning complete game. Francisco (.302) went 2-for-3, got his 14th stolen base and scored a run. CLASS A KINSTON (24-28) defeated visiting Salem, 4-2, as Adam Miller (2-3, 4.50 ERA) had his best outing of the season -- allowing only one hit over five scoreless innings, walking one and striking out six. Kinston's fifth pitcher of the game, Jim Ed Warden (4.03 ERA), got the final two outs for his fourth save. Mike Butia (.244) had two hits and two RBI, Argenis Reyes (.300) had two hits, scored once and had one RBI while Kevin Kouzmanoff (.341) had two hits and an RBI. CLASS A LAKE COUNTY (25-24) blanked visiting Asheville, 3-0, as Cody Bunkelman (4-4, 3.80 ERA) also allowed only one hit over five scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out eight. T.J. Burton, Brandon Rickert and Jesus Soto combined to give up only two hits over the final four innings with Soto (0.46 ERA) getting his first save. Ricardo Rojas (.233) had two RBI and Fernando Pacheco (.249) was 2-for-2 with two walks to lead the Captains' offense. CLASS A MAHONING VALLEY (29-27) rolled to a 13-5 triumph at Jamestown as P.J. Hiser kept pounding pitches all over and out of the ballpark. Hiser went 3-for-5 with three runs, two homers and four RBI and is hitting .400 (10-for-25) with three homers and seven RBI in seven games since being promoted from Burlington, where he batted .326 (44-for-235) with 11 homers and 36 RBI in 38 games. Cirilo Cumberbatch (.276) went 5-for-5 with four RBI while Omar Casillas (.288) and Andy Lytle (.257) both had three hits and three runs. Mark Jecmen (1-1, 2.35 ERA) pitched three scoreless innings of relief for the win. Starter Jim Deters (2.33 ERA) gave up five runs (only two earned) over four innings and Tom Cowley (4.85 ERA) worked two scoreless innings to finish it. ROOKIE LEAGUE BURLINGTON (21-34) lost a doubleheader at Bluefield after splitting two games there Tuesday night. This time, the Indians totaled only seven hits and lost 9-4 and 1-0. In the first game, Niuman Romero (.290) had one of Burlington's four hits, a three-run homer, his second. Luis Valdez (3-5, 3.27 ERA) gave up three runs (one earned ) over 4 2/3 innings and Josh Harris (12.71) struggled again, yielding five runs (four earned) in just one inning. In the second game, Paul Lubrano (1-1, 0.95 ERA) allowed one run over the first 3 1/3 innings and lost. Julio Pinto (3.19 ERA) gave up one hit over the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings.
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