Cleveland's two short-season affiliates got started the past two days. These teams feature players who, if the gods are shining favor on them, might see action in Cleveland sometime after 2011...so no need to fret too much about them. Still, it's baseball and they're part of the Tribe system.
Buffalo pulled off the double-header sweep courtesy of clutch pitching and hitting. In the opener, Aaron Laffey pitched a complete game (7 innings) 2-hitter, walking one and K'ing 6. I'd be interested if anyone here has seen Laffey pitch this year, because he's started putting up some pretty studly numbers. Jason Cooper was the offensive star from game 1, going 3-3 with a double (15) and home run (4). Jeremy Sowers started the second game and was far from sharp (4.2IP,9H,3R,3BB,4K). He was saved by 5.1 innings of shutout relief courtesy of Juan Lara, Mike Koplove, Jensen Lewis, and Rich Rundles, before the Bisons won in the 10th. Jensen Lewis, who struck out 49 guys in 39 innings during his stint in Akron this season, has settled into Buffalo well in the early going (4.2IP,3H,1R,2BB,4K). Jonathan Van Every, who homered in the first game, provided a walk-off homer (4) in the 10th to win the game.
Akron got beat by former Indians #1 pick Alan Thorne. Chuck Lofgren got the start for the Aeros but allowed 6 runs (4 earned) in 5.1 innings. Lofgren has been striking guys out at a nice clip this season (9.4 K/9), but has also been a little on the wild side (3.8 BB/9). It'd be nice to see him reign that in a little. 'drub Cabrera and Ryan Goleski each had three hits for Akron. Brian Barton did not play in the game. I speculated yesterday he might be the candidate to take Francisco's role in Buffalo for the time being. No idea if that's why he was out of the lineup, though.
Kinston and Lake County have had a few days off for their respective league All-Star games. Lots of organizational players represented, but I'll let you all look up that information.
Mahoning Valley got rained out Tuesday and made up for it with a double-header yesterday. They only managed 4 hits across the two games, the only hit in the nightcap coming in the final frame. Newly-signed Beau Mills DH'ed the first game and played 3B in the second, going 0-5 with a walk and strikeout.
GCL Indians 5
GCL Braves 2
Yes, the complex leagues got started Tuesday as well. The Indians team is 2-0 after yesterday's victory over the Braves. Yeah.