Tribe Blanked by Buffalo in Series Opener

Escobar pitches into sixth but Indians offense tallies five hits in defeat

Luis Escobar surrendered just one run on two hits, but took the loss as the Indians were shut out 2-0 against Buffalo. (Photo by Austin Friedline)

By Cheyne Reiter / Indianapolis Indians | June 11, 2019 10:06 PM

INDIANAPOLIS - Luis Escobar surrendered just one run on two hits in 5.1 innings pitched, but the Indians recorded just five hits offensively in a 2-0 loss to Buffalo on Tuesday night. The Tribe put two baserunners on with no outs in their final at-bat but came up empty against former Indy reliever Buddy Boshers.

Buffalo (28-34) handed the Tribe their fourth loss in the last six games thanks to two late runs against Escobar and rehabbing relief pitcher Chris Stratton. With the game locked at 0-0 into the sixth, Escobar (L, 1-1) departed with a runner on second and one away. Tyler Lyons couldn't retire Socrates Brito, who laced a run-scoring double to right field.

One inning later, Patrick Kivlehan - who was on Indy's Opening Day roster - exacted revenge against the Tribe with a 462-foot home run off Stratton to straightaway center.

Zach Jackson (W, 5-0) earned the win with two scoreless innings in relief of Bisons starter David Paulino. The Buffalo starter lasted four frames while striking out six.

Christian Kelley recorded his third extra-base hit in his last two games with a double that opened the third.

With the loss, Indianapolis (35-27) remained a half game back of Columbus in the IL West.

The Indians and Bisons continue their three-game set on Wednesday at 1:35 p.m. ET. The Tribe will send Cam Vieaux (1-0, 4.80) to the bump for his fourth career Triple-A start.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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