Another nice victory in Cleveland tonight. Also a few big pitching performances down on the farm to take note of.
Adam Miller, aka the 'Great Right Hope', was the big story for Buffalo tonight, going 7 innings and not allowing a batter to reach 2nd. He gave up 2 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 8 in what was certainly his best outing of the year so far (ERA 2.88). Unforunately, Brian Sikorski came in for the 8th, got two outs, then gave up 5 runs. Also, Jon Lester and the Pawtucket bullpen kept Buffalo's offense in check. Ryan Mulhern provided the only offense with a solo home run (4).
Akron provided the other big pitching performance, as Cliff Lee showed he's ready to rejoin Cleveland with a sharp 5 innings in what will likely be his last rehab start. He gave up just two hits and a walk (no runs) while striking out 7 in five innings. Trevor Crowe assisted the offense with a 2-run single, although he continues to struggle at the plate (.159/.275/.203). He got tonight's game off, but everyone's favorite defensive SS, 'droob, got his first HR of the season in a 7-3 win over Erie last night.
Kinston 1, Salem 2 (11 innings)
Good pitching, bad hitting, which has been the story for Kinston so far. Max Ramirez went 3-4 with a walk and 3 singles, but failed to score or knock anyone in. SS Joshua Rodriguez went 2-5 with a 2B and a HR to provide Kinston's only offense. Sung-Wei Tseng went 5 innings only allowing a run and Jeff Stevens continued his near-perfect season with 3 innings of no-hit, no-walk ball (4Ks). So far on the season Stevens has gone 17 innings allowing 0 earned runs, 3 hits, walking 3, and striking out 22. Sizzling...In Thursday night's game, which Kinston won 10-6, last year's 2nd round pick Wes Hodges went 4-4, including his 2nd HR of the season to raise his line to .311. Watch out for his 2:16 BB:K ratio, though.
Lake County 5, Lakewood 4
Roman Pena, Matt McBride, Jared Geodert, and Carlos Rivero all had multi-hit games to lead Lake County to victory. For McBride and Rivero this included each player's first HR of the season. Both have been hot of late, McBride raising his line to .370/.469/.519.