Pestano earning larger role in Tribe pen

As Tony Sipp continues to melt down (just as I predicted) Vinnie Pestano is starting take on a more significant role in the Indians bullpen.

Sipp, who recorded the final out of the 7th inning last night against the Royals, returned for the 8th only load the bases without recording an out.

Enter Vinnie Pestano.

One of the few bright spots in the brief Aquino era

With the bases juiced and no ones, Pestano got Billy Butler to pop out to short, the struck out Jeff Francoer and retired the side by getting Kile Ka’aihue to fly out to left.

Pestano was the first Tribe reliever to inherit a bases-loaded no-outs situation without allowing a run to score since Greg Aquino in 2009 against the Yankees. Aquino retired Alex Rodriguez, Jorge Posada and Robinson Cano in order after Jeremy Sowers had walked the bases loaded.

Of course, Aquino would return the next inning and allow four runs to pick up the loss, but hey, at least he had his one shining moment in a Tribe uniform.

Hopefully for Pestano this outing serves as a confidence booster as he develops into a reliable back-end-of-the bullpen pitcher. Unlike Aquino, who has yet to appear in the majors since his brief 2009 stint with the Tribe.

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