First-Place Tigers Topple Tribe, 4-1

Losing wears on Travis Hafner & Victor Martinez.

Joe Inglett hit his first major league homer. So much for the Indians' highlights Wednesday afternoon in a 4-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Otherwise, the big news was the trade of Ben Broussard to Seattle for outfielder Shin-Soo Choo a couple hours after the game. Down on the farm, Jeremy Guthrie pitched a one-hitter for Buffalo and Tribe affiliates went 5-2 overall.

Tribe starter C.C. Sabathia (7-7, 3.82 ERA) allowed four runs and nine hits over seven innings, walking and striking out three apiece.

He matched Tigers phenom Justin Verlander (13-4, 2.69 ERA) for five innings, then gave up three runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh.

Inglett (.326) got two of Cleveland's five hits off Verlander, hard-throwing Joel Zumaya and veteran Todd Jones, who worked a perfect ninth for his 27th save.

Inglett took Verlander deep in the seventh.

Class AAA Buffalo (54-51) defeated visiting Louisville, 3-1, as Jeremy Guthrie pitched a one-hitter. Guthrie (6-3, 3.07 ERA) allowed a one-out walk in the first inning, wild-pitched the runner to second, then gave up an RBI double. The right-hander wasn't in trouble again, walking two and striking out seven overall, making 71 of his 109 pitches for strikes. Ryan Garko (.251) went 2-for-4 with two RBI and Franklin Gutierrez (.284) was 2-for-4 with two runs. Ben Francisco (.275) and Jason Dubois (.265) got the Bisons' only other offensive numbers, each hitting a single with Francisco scoring and Dubois getting an RBI.

Class AA Akron (64-40) totaled 17 hits in an 11-4 win over visiting Erie. Ryan Mulhern (.272) went 3-for-5 with four RBI and hit two of the Aeros' four homers, giving him 12 for the season. Ryan Goleski (.323) and Brian Barton also went deep. Goleski was 2-for-5 with two runs and a two-run homer, his 10th with Akron and 20th of the season overall. Barton (13-for-26, .500) was 2-for-3 with two runs, two RBI and a solo homer, his fourth with the Aeros and 17th of the season. Both Goleski and Barton began the season at Kinston. Kevin Kouzmanoff (.389) went 2-for-3 with three runs and one RBI. Aaron Laffey (5-2, 3.84 ERA) gave up 10 hits and four runs over seven innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. Bubbie Buzachero (2.66 ERA) struck out four and allowed one hit over two innings.

Class A Kinston (18-14, 47-23) won at Frederick, 7-1. Argenis Reyes (.247) went 3-for-4 with a run and three RBI and John Drennen (.333) was 3-for-4 with three runs. Jose Constanza (.295) went 0-for-5, but had two RBI, a run and a stolen base. Scott Lewis (3-1, 1.48 ERA) fanned six over 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits and two walks. Reid Santos (3.32 ERA) gave up one run over 1 1/3 innings, then Kyle Collins (0.86 ERA) and Ryan Knippschild (3.99 ERA) worked one hitless inning apiece.

Class A Lake County (18-14, 29-41) defeated visiting Asheville, 7-4. Chris Gimenez (.271) hit a two-run homer, his ninth, and got a stolen base. Max Ramirez (.299), Juan Valdes (.238), Matt Fornasiere (.253) and Marshall Szabo (.260) all had two of the Captains' 12 hits. Jeff Stevens (5-1, 4.66 ERA) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings, striking out five. Julio Pinto (4.14 ERA) gave up two runs over 2 2/3 innings before Matt Davis (3.48 ERA) worked a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save.

Class A Mahoning Valley (17-16) lost at Brooklyn, 2-0. Jason Denham (.306) and Evandy DeLeon (.221) each had two of the Scrappers' five hits. Erik Stiller (0-1, 3.72 ERA) allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings. Jorge Riera worked 2 1/3 perfect innings and Neil Wagner (0.55 ERA) pitched one scoreless inning.

Rookie League Burlington (16-19) lost at Bluefield, 9-4. Jose Chaves (.236) and Trevor Mortensen (.280) each had two hits. Scott Sumner (0-1, 3.79 ERA) allowed three runs over one inning, Zachary Johnson (2.57 ERA) gave up one run over two innings and Brady Halverson (4.40 ERA) yielded four runs (three earned) over 1 2/3 innings before Wilander Cruz (2.70) fanned four, but gave up one run over 2 1/3 innings. Felix Heredia (8.31 ERA) pitched one perfect inning.

GCL Indians (14-14) won at the GCL Yankees, 5-3. Matt Robinson (3-0, 1.80 ERA) struck out five and gave up only two hits and one walk over four innings of relief. Starter Hector Rondon (3.38 ERA) allowed three runs over four innings and Luis Perdomo (3.14 ERA) walked one and struck out the side in the ninth for his seventh save. Third baseman Janel Arias (.237) hit a three-run homer, his first, and Collin Martin (.247) went 1-for-2 with a run and RBI to lead the offense.

TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (HITTING)

PLAYER

TEAM

AB

H

HR

R

RBI

SB

BB

SO

1. R. Mulhern

Akron

5

3

2

2

4

0

0

0

2. A. Reyes

Kinston

4

3

0

1

3

2

0

0

3a. B. Barton

Akron

3

2

1

2

2

0

0

0

3b. J. Drennen

Kinston

4

3

0

3

0

0

0

0


TODAY'S FARM SYSTEM THREE STARS (PITCHING)

PLAYER

Team

W

L

SV

IP

ER

H

BB

SO

1. J. Guthrie

Buffalo

1

0

0

9.0

1

1

2

7

2. M. Robinson

GCL Indians

1

0

0

4.0

0

2

1

5

3. S. Lewis

Kinston

1

0

0

5.2

0

3

2

6

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