Sumner grad gets win for Cleveland

News servicesJune 4, 2014 

Sumner High graduate Nick Hagadone, who was the winning pitcher for Cleveland on Tuesday, was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2004 but didn’t sign.

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CLEVELAND – Nick Hagadone was called back up to the Cleveland Indians on Monday.

A day later, the left-hander was the winning pitcher in the Indians’ 5-3 victory over Boston on Tuesday, extending Cleveland’s win streak to a season-high five games.

Hagadone, a 2004 graduate of Sumner High School, was promoted from Triple-A Columbus on Monday.

Making his first big-league appearance of the season, Hagadone struck out three in 1 innings to earn the victory, his first in the majors since June 19, 2012 against Cincinnati.

“Just to be back up here and get in a game like that and have some success feels great,” Hagadone said to cleveland.com. “The adjustments we made in Columbus helped tonight. We wanted to put some more athleticism in my delivery. I had gotten kind of robotic.”

Hagadone entered the 3-3 game with one out in the top of the seventh innings and runners on first and second. The former University of Washington star struck out A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Hassan to end the inning.

Hagadone was the No. 55 overall pick by Boston in 2007. Hagadone was traded to Cleveland in 2009 as part of the trade that sent catcher Victor Martinez to the Red Sox.

The Indians took a two-run led on Michael Bourn’s double in the bottom of the seventh.

Hagadone started the eighth and got a ground out and a strikeout sandwiched around a single and was relieved by Cody Allen, who went on to record his fifth save of the season.

The Indians scored three runs on five consecutive hits in the first inning off Jake Peavy.

“We played a good game,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “I thought we had to. We strung together a number of hits (in the first), then you’re kind of hanging on for dear life. When they tied it, we came back.”

The Indians (29-30) have made up six games in the AL Central standings since May 18 and trail first-place Detroit by 41/2 games.

Bourn is 8-for-19 with five RBIs in Cleveland’s winning streak.

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