I'm back from DC but head off for Cleveland tomorrow (for a wedding, no baseball), so I thought I'd do one of these now. Plus, there was some exciting farm action last night...
Not in Buffalo, though. They got rained out (probably the same f-ing storm that had me stuck on a runway for 4 hours in DC). But if you didn't catch it, Jeremy Sowers had another start in a 5-0 loss the night before. The line was similar to what we've seen from Sowers all season, 7IP,9H,5R,3ER,1BB,2Ks...not terrible, not great. The big number in my mind though was 2...as in only 2 Ks and 2 HRs allowed. As long as Sowers is going to rely on guys putting the ball in play, he can't allow those kinds of home runs. In 97+ innings at Buffalo last year he allowed one home run. He got lucky with his home runs in Cleveland last year and they didn't hurt him that much despite allowing 10 in only 88 innings of work. This season in Cleveland he allowed 10 in only 62 innings and he's already allowed 3 in Buffalo. That has to stop for him to get some sustained success.
Akron won on the back of a huge performance from Reid Santos. Santos isn't much of an exciting prospect, 24 years old and used mainly out of the bullpen the past two seasons, but last night's line is the kind that draws attention. 5 innings, five hits, one run, one walk, and 11Ks. So of the fifteen guys he got out, he got 11 of them by the K, 10 of those by the swinging variety. I don't know if he found some sort of new action on one of his pitches, but clearly his stuff was very good last night. In another "exciting" development, Trevor Crowe, leading off for the 2nd straight game, went 4-5 and raised his average above .200 for the first time in a long while. Drub Cabrera (.888 OPS), Brian Barton (.845), and Jordan Brown (.881, 6th HR) all added two hits apiece. In other Akron news, Stephanie Storm notes in a recent blog post that Michael Aubrey, although he's in the lineup, clearly seems to be hurting again in Akron. His numbers since being promoted, 5-50 12Ks, would support that idea.
Kinston lost 3-2 in a game without too much to take note of. Wes Hodges continues to swing a hot bat, going 2-4 last night and raising his season line to .330/.392/.505. I'll provide the cautionary note that although it looks really good, his walk rate is not great, nor does he have a lot of extrabase hits (18 in 205 PAs). Kevin Dixon, a 23-year old righty, got the start and took the loss (5-3, 3.84 ERA).
GCL Indians 0
GCL Blue Jays 4
Lake County had the night off, but Cleveland's two youngest teams played. Unfortunately, they both managed to get shutout. I'll let you all sort through the 'results' of those contests.