CLEVELAND: Vinnie Pestano will continue to close until Chris Perez returns from the disabled list.
Pestano has had troubles of his own, witness the Indians’ 4-3 win Tuesday night, when Pestano allowed three hits and a walk in the ninth but didn’t give up a run.
“The good thing is that Vinnie was up or pitched in eight of the last 10 games,” manager Terry Francona said. “That shows he’s healthy and that’s good. He feels good, but he doesn’t have that finish yet.”
When Pestano is at his best, he fully extends his arm and fingers when he lets go of a pitch.
“You’ll see in one of these innings that all of a sudden there will be a 93 or 94 up there,” Francona said. “I’ll bet that’s what happens with him.”
Pestano hasn’t been quite the same since coming off the disabled list after injuring his elbow in early May. Did pitching in the World Baseball Classic contribute to an injury?
“Guys are all amped up after pitching in that, and they’re not really ready for that,” Francona said. “But it’s nobody’s fault. If he has a chance to do it again, I’d tell him to go ahead and do it. It’s an unbelievable honor.”
TRIVIA PURSUIT — The Indians lead the majors in winning percentage (13-7, .650) in one-run games. Four of the past five games heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals have been decided by one run, with the Tribe going 2-2.
FARM FACTS — Joe Martinez gave up two runs and seven hits in 5⅔ innings in Columbus’ 3-2 loss to Pawtucket in Class AAA. Ezequiel Carrera had three hits. … Caleb Hamrick (0-1, 1.80 ERA) gave up one earned run (two total) and walked none in five innings, as Mahoning Valley lost to Jamestown 3-0 in Class A.
— Sheldon Ocker