With no games to play in Cleveland, Shapiro and the gang decided to spend the free time signing Travis Hafner. I guess I can take that. Meanwhile yesterday provided a full suite of minor-league action, including the system's 3rd combined no-hitter of the season (this one from Mahoning Valley).
Sean Smith (8-5, 3.73ERA) led Buffalo to a victory over the Durham Bulls. The 23-year old righty had a rough month of June but has put together two nice starts (both against Durham) this month. The offense was scattered across the lineup, with the big hits being a double from Hector Luna (who has been on fire since I skewered him in my June roundup) and a HR from veteran Keith Ginter. Jensen Lewis (rumored to being called up according to sbricker) and Mujica threw scoreless innings, each K'ing 2.
Chuck Lofgren picked up his 9th win, although it was hardly a stellar effort. 6 innings, 3 walks, 3 runs, no strikeouts and a homerun. The lack of strikeouts is different for Lofgren, even while his control has wavered he's consistently K'ed more than a batter an inning. Lofgren was backed by a strong offensive effort, though. Newly rejuvenated Trevor Crowe continued his hot-hitting ways, going 2-4 with a walk and his 17th stolen base of the season. Chris Gimenez went 3-4 with 2 doubles and a walk. Michael Aubrey also added three hits.
Not too many positives in Kinston's loss. Frank Herrmann, the man who likes consonants so much he uses them twice, had a rough outing (5IP,8H,5R,2BB,1K) and took the loss (6-4,4.08 ERA). Offensively, Nathan Panther went 3-4 and John Drennen was 1-2 with 2 walks. Max Ramirez and Wes Hodges combined to go 0-6 with a walk and a K.
It was a rough outing for two of Lake County's better pitchers, Josh Tomlin (6IP,10H,7R,1BB,5K) and Neil Wagner (1IP,3H,2R,2BB,1K). Offensively, Lake County did its job. Draft star, Beau Mills had one of his best outings as a pro, going 3-5 with a double (3). Matthew McBride also went 3-5 with a double (24). Young SS, Carlos Rivero finished off the 3-5 hatrick, adding 4 RBIs.
GCL Indians 8
GCL Braves 4
Mahoning Valley swept a double-header, putting together a 7-inning, 1-run, 3-pitcher no-hitter in the night cap. Kelvin De La Cruz rebounded from his disastrous debut with the Scrappers with a much nicer outing this time around (5IP,0H,0ER,1BB,7K).