The Pawtucket Red Sox faced two familiar foes as they lost to the Indianapolis Indians 3-1 at Victory Field on Wednesday night. After putting up with a familiar opponent this season in Mother Nature, they endured yet another rain delay, this one lasting 37 minutes to push back the start of the game. The delay didn’t seem to faze their on-field opponent, as Indy pitchers Casey Sadler and Jake Brigham combined on a two-hitter. Sadler allowed only one hit (infield single) to Garin Cecchini and just three walks in six strong innings. Brigham, making his first relief appearance of the season, went the remainder of the game, and allowed one hit and a pair of walks to record his first save.
Indianapolis struck for a pair of runs in the first against PawSox starter Allen Webster, who for the second straight game had been affected by a rain delay. Webster then settled down and retired 14 consecutive batters. The righty struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings pitched, the most for any Pawsox pitcher in an outing this season, yet still earned a hard-luck loss.
Chris Dickerson led off the first with a double against Webster and was driven in later in the inning on a Brent Morel single to right. Matt Hague followed with an RBI double to deep center that scored Morel to make it 2-0.
Sadler allowed his only run in the fourth on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to Alex Hassan. The run was set up by right fielder Gregory Polanco’s two-base fielding error, on which Polanco dropped a line drive hit by Daniel Nava, who extended his hitting streak to six games, and is batting .285 in that stretch. Sadler struck out seven and threw 96 pitches in his six innings of work, and improved his record to 4-1.
Dickerson’s RBI single against PawSox reliever Dalier Hinojosa in the seventh inning provided the Indians with an insurance run. He and Hague each collected two of Indianapolis’ six hits. Nava collected the second hit for Pawtucket in the eighth inning. The PawSox had collected 33 hits in the three games prior to Wednesday, and came into the game with a .280 batting average on the road.
Nava has now hit safely in 14 of 16 PawSox games, after he began the season in Boston hitting .149 (10-for-67) with 2 HR, 2 2B and 3 RBI in 17 games for the Red Sox.