Updated: 07/28/2014 11:32 PM
Created: 07/28/2014 10:38 PM WHEC.com
Gerrit Cole struck out seven in five innings of a rehab start, helping the Indianapolis Indians to a 5-0 win over the Rochester Red Wings Monday night at Frontier Field. The Red Wings took three of the four games with the Indians, and welcome the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Phillies) to town Tuesday night for a 7:05 p.m. game.
Mark Hamburger took the mound for the Wings, fresh off of his gem at Durham (7 innings pitched, 0 runs, 9 strikeouts). Hamburger looked to give the Wings continued success on the mound for starting pitchers, as starters have limited the opposition to a .215 batting average and have turned in a combined 2.00 ERA over the last nine games. The Wings have ridden that success to five straight wins. Opposite Hamburger was Cole, making his first rehab start with the Indians. Cole has gone 7-4, with a 3.78 ERA, with the Pirates this season.
Hamburger worked quickly in the first inning, retiring the first three batters in order. Hamburger only needed eight pitches to get out of the inning. Cole emulated Hamburger in the bottom of the first, retiring the side in order, using only nine pitches (eight strikes).
The Indians struck first in the top of the fourth. The Indians began the inning with back-to-back singles, giving them runners at the corners with no outs. The next batter, Andrew Lambo, grounded to Pedro Florimon at second, who fired to second to get the force out, however, the runner scored from third. Tony Sanchez then drilled a double into the gap in right-centerfield to score Lambo from first. The Indians settled for just the two runs in the inning, making the score 2-0.
The Wings threatened to take the lead in the bottom half of the fourth, loading the bases with just one out. Josmil Pinto drew a walk, then Deibinson Romero sliced a double into the right field corner. Daniel Ortiz was hit by a pitch, putting a runner on each base for the Wings. Cole was able to work the bottom of the Wings' order, striking out Chris Rahl and then getting Wilkin Ramirez to fly out to right, stranding three runners in the process.
After a one-two-three top of the fifth, the Wings squandered another opportunity in the bottom of the inning. A single by Reynaldo Rodriguez and a walk to Eric Farris put the Wings in prime position to put runs on the board. On a Florimon bloop single, Rodriguez was sent home from second. Left fielder Jaff Decker fielded the ball cleanly, and quickly threw to home to Tony Sanchez. Rodriguez was not able to slide under Sanchez and was out at the plate. Pinto came up next and hit a one-hopper to third. Chase d'Arnaud bobbled the ball, but recovered just in time to tag Farris who was sliding into third.
The Tribe widened their lead in the sixth with a booming three-run home run off the bat of Sanchez. The shot that sailed over the Indians bullpen was Sanchez's 8th homer of the year, giving the Indians a 5-0 lead.
Cole's outing was done after five innings. Cole (1-0) gave up no runs, on five hits, and striking out seven. Cole threw 81 pitches in his rehab start, 50 of which were for strikes.
Deolis Guerra entered in the seventh to relieve Hamburger. Hamburger (2-2) lasted six innings, giving up six hits and five earned runs, all on 93 pitches (59 strikes).
Guerra recorded a perfect seventh inning, striking out the side on 13 pitches and allowed a hit while adding a strikeout in the eighth. Edgar Ibarra worked the ninth inning for the Red Wings, retiring the side in order with one strikeout.
Reliever Andy Oliver walked a pair in the ninth inning, but also struck out the side to preserve the shutout.