Indians top Mud Hens
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Tribe jumped out to a four-run lead in the sixth inning, but nearly saw its advantage disappear as the tying run reached third with two outs in the ninth, before All-Star closer Vic Black capped off a phenomenal 4.0-inning bullpen effort to save the Indianapolis Indians (70-54) 6-5 win over the Toledo Mud Hens (53-71) on Sunday night at Fifth Third Field. The victory, coupled with a Louisville loss, lowers the Tribe’s Magic Number to clinch the International League West Division to just 11.
The Triple-A Indians had apparently been taking notes from their parent club in Pittsburgh as the Tribe put Sunday’s outcome in the hands of its equivalent of the Pirates’ “Shark Tank” bullpen. Indianapolis called upon three relievers to shut down a powerful Mud Hens lineup through the final 4.0 innings, including inserting the first bullpen arm into a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the sixth.
With a 6-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Indians starter RHP Brandon Cumpton (W, 5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO) was initially slated to pitch through frame. However, after the right-hander allowed three straight hits and a bases-loaded walk that trimmed the Tribe’s edge to 6-3, the Tribe was forced to summon RHP Brooks Brown (Hold, 2.0 IP, SO) from the bullpen with three men on and no outs.
Dufner holds off Furyk at PGA
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — Jason Dufner walked off the 18th green, after casually pumping his fists in what passed for a raucous celebration. There was a familiar face waiting for him.
The last time they met in this situation, it was Keegan Bradley accepting the Wanamaker Trophy.
This time, it belonged to Dufner.
Granted, it was two years later than it should have been. That only made it sweeter.
“I’m proud of you,” Bradley said, giving his buddy a hug.
“Thanks a lot,” Dufner replied. “It means a lot for you to be here.”
With ice in his veins and a determination not to let another opportunity slip away, Dufner claimed his first major title with a two-shot victory over Jim Furyk in the PGA Championship on Sunday.
Smoke released from hospital
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been released from the hospital and is resting at home.
His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, tweeted the news on Sunday night: “TonyStewart is out of the hospital & resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thx for the thoughts & prayers.” The tweet closed with a “SmokeWillRise” hashtag.
Stewart broke his right leg in two places last Monday night in a sprint car race in Iowa and is out indefinitely after two surgeries to repair the damage.
A five-time winner at Watkins Glen International, Stewart missed race Sunday, snapping his streak of 521 consecutive Cup starts and dropping him six spots to 17th in the Sprint Cup standings.
Max Papis drove Stewart’s No. 14 Chevrolet and finished 15th. Several drivers had stickers on their cars honoring Stewart with the message: “Get Well Smoke 14.”
The team is expected to name a replacement driver for Stewart as early as Monday.