The Tribe lost yesterday, but the minor league season got started for 3 of the Indians clubs with some strong opening performances.
WP: Aaron Laffey (1-0, 0.00), LP: Hayden Penn (0-1, 12.46)
Buffalo put together two big innings against Penn and had a nice performance from Laffey to start the season off right. Laffey allowed just a single unearned run, walked one and struck out 5 in 5 innings. His sinker wasn't Carmona/Westbrook dominant (6-4 GO/FO), but I'll take it with a K per inning. Mastny (2IP,4H,1R,1BB,1K) and Santos (1IP,3H,2R,0BB,1K( followed with ho-hum performances before Bauer finished it off with a strong 9th (1IP,1H,0BB,2K).
Josh Barfield was slotted into the leadoff spot and responded with a 4-5 effort including a double. Jordan Brown, hitting out of the 3-spot and playing first base, was 3-5 with a stolen base. Ryan Mulhern was 2-4 with a double and a walk and Aaron Herr was 2-4 with a triple. Some sloppy fielding with a misplay by Francisco, two from Herr at 3B and a passed ball from Toregas.
Sowers goes tonight at 7:15.
Akron 5, Harrisburg 5 (suspended due to rain in the 10th)
Akron's game got stopped and will be picked up this afternoon, but we still have a boxscore. The bad news here comes from Chuck Lofgren. He had struggles with control last year and granted, it's only his first start, but those control problems still seem to be present. His final line (3.1IP,7H,2R,5BB,1K) wasn't pretty. The good news is that Jeff Stevens relieved him and pitched 3.2 perfect innings (3.2IP,0H,0R,0BB,4K). The legend grows...
Offensively, some familiar names show up. Trevor Crowe finished the night 1-4 with a triple and a walk (and 2 Ks). Matt Whitney, playing DH and hitting 3rd, went 2-3 with a double and a walk. Michael Aubrey, hitting cleanup and playing first, had a 3-run HR in 4 ABs.
WP: Kelvin De La Cruz (1-0, 0.00) LP: D. Naylor (0-1. 5.40)
Speaking of legends, Lord Kelvin's (aka Absolute Zero) might just be emerging. The 6'5", 20-year old Dominican pitched 5 shutout innings while striking out 6 (5IP,5H,0R,2BB,6K). He was followed up by 2 shutout innings from Mike Pontius (w/3Ks) and 2 shutout innings from Dallas Cawiezell.
Kinston opens their season tonight...