On an afternoon in which the offense for Burroughs (8-7, 2-0 in league) batted four for 20 (.200 average) with runners in scoring position with seven strikeouts and its defense committed two errors, Indians pitchers came through in vital situations even though they also struggled at times.
Perhaps the biggest sequence came in the sixth, with surging Pasadena (8-6, 1-1) trailing, 6-5.
With one out, Bulldogs sophomore Frankie Garriola reached first on an error and then stole second.
The following batter, Alex Baer, was then intentionally walked before both batters stole a base to move into second and third against Indians reliever Luis Pereyra.
With momentum seemingly on Pasadena’s side, Pereyra bailed out his defense. The senior first induced an infield pop-up from Summer Smith before striking out Andrew Lathouwers to put down the threat.
“Honestly, I just went with my best pitch, my cutter. That’s what I felt comfortable with,” Pereyra said. “I just tried to get outs.”
An inning earlier, Pereyra helped subdue the game’s biggest uprising as Pasadena, which trailed, 6-0, entering the bottom of the fifth, scored five runs.
The Bulldogs plated three runs and placed the first six batters of the inning on base on three hits (including a two-run single from Sergio Ray), one key error, one walk and one hit batter.
Burroughs starting pitcher Daniel Barraza appeared to be tiring, but caught a brief second wind by fanning two straight Bulldogs in picking up the inning’s first two outs.
Yet, Barraza plunked Dale Urbelis to bring home a fourth run before Holmes replaced the starter with Pereyra.