Indiana Sports Briefs for Thursday, June 22, 2017

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(CHICAGO, IL) A two-run homer by Ian Happ wasn’t enough for the Cubs to complete the series sweep as they dropped their finale to the San Diego Padres 3-2. Luis Torrens drew a bases-loaded walk to score what would be the game-winning run off of Koji Uehara in the eighth inning. Chicago’s offense struggled the whole game outside of Happ’s long ball as the Cubs managed just two hits in a game where the Padres were forced to go to the bullpen in the middle of the third inning as starter Miguel Diaz exited with an injury. After a brief stop at home the Cubs will now hit the road for an 11-game road trip starting with four against the Miami Marlins.

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(ST. PETERSBURG, FL) The Reds bullpen unraveled in a four-run sixth inning as the Tampa Bay Rays cruised to an 8-3 victory and took the rubber match of the series. With two outs Corey Dickerson and Steve Souza Jr. came through with RBI singles while Logan Morrison smacked a two-run double. Rays’ starter Erasmo Ramirez struck out six over 5 1/3 innings and gave up two earned runs. Scott Schebler hit his 20th home run of the season and finished with two RBIs as the Reds have now lost 11 of their last 12 games. They have a travel day on Thursday before visiting the Washington Nationals.

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(MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Miguel Sano’s solo home run began a crucial three-run third inning for the Minnesota Twins as they would top the Chicago White Sox 4-2 on Wednesday. Max Kepler would add an RBI single while Ehire Adrianza used a force out to score teammate Kennys Vargas. Jose Berrios was electric on the mound as he struck out eight over eight innings to improve to 7-1 on the season. For Chicago, Avisail Garcia and Melky Cabrera drove in runs but the Sox pitching staff gave up more collective walks than strikeouts as they dropped their third straight game and second of the series. The White Sox will look to avoid a series sweep in Thursday’s finale.

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(BALTIMORE, MD) Carlos Carrasco delivered 10 strikeouts over six innings of shutout baseball as the Cleveland Indians topped the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Wednesday night. Carrasco improved to 8-3 on the season and lowered his ERA to 2.99 while Bryan Shaw collected his second save of the season. Francisco Lindor led the offense with three RBIs including a two-run homer in the fifth inning. The Tribe will try to take three of four in the series with a win in Thursday’s finale when Mike Clevinger goes up against Wade Miley.

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(PHILADELPHIA, PA) For the second straight game the St. Louis Cardinals got past the Phillies in extra innings as they edged Philadelphia 7-6 in 10 innings. Yadier Molina delivered an RBI single that scored Dexter Fowler while a pickoff error allowed Jose Martinez to score just prior. Tommy Pham belted a pair of home runs while Jedd Gyorko and Jose Martinez also went deep. The win was a surprising one just by looking at the numbers as the Cardinals had three errors in the game and the Phillies almost doubled them in the hits department 16-9. St. Louis goes for the clean sweep when Carlos Martinez battles Aaron Nola.

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(INDIANAPOLIS, IN) The Indianapolis Indians were unable to complete the series sweep against Toledo as they fell to the Mud Hens 4-0 in Wednesday’s finale. The loss snapped the Indians’ four-game winning streak as the bats were cooled by Drew VerHagen and the Mud Hens’ bullpen. VerHagen quieted Indianapolis for 5 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball before turning it over to the bullpen where Kyle Ryan, Logan Kensing and Edward Mujica would combine for 3 1/3 innings, two hits, no runs and two strikeouts. The Indians hit the road for the next four games when they open a road series against the Louisville Bats on Thursday.

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