SEATTLE - APRIL 08: Starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco #59 of the Cleveland Indians pitches against the Seattle Mariners during the Mariners' home opener at Safeco Field on April 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Akron - Eastern League Playoffs
Eastern League Semi-Finals (Best of 5)
The Aeros finished off their comeback by scoring four early runs and holding off the Baysox from there.
Carlos Carrasco made his second appearance with the Aeros, throwing another perfect inning, and striking out two. From all the reports that I've seen, his velocity is back to where it was before Tommy John surgery (mid-90s), which is an excellent sign; the Indians are going to need all the starting help they can get next season.
Brett Brach (who was really the starter) relieved Carrasco in the second, and would go 6.2 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out four and walking none. Rob Bryson finished the eighth, and another rehabber, Hector Rondon, finished off Bowie with a perfect ninth. Rondon has essentially missed three seasons with various arm injuries, and it's nice to see finally healthy. He might help the Indians next year, most likely in a relief role as he builds up his innings again.
Eastern League Finals (Best of 5)
The good news continued last night on both the team front and the prospect front. Paolo Espino shut out the Thunder over seven innings, allowing two hits (though walking four) and striking out three. Tyler Holt had two hits, including a triple, and Chun-Hsiu Chen had two hits of his own, including a double.
Lake County - Midwest League Playoffs
Midwest League Semi-Finals (Best of 3)
Fort Wayne 4, Lake County 3 (FTW 1-0)
The TinCaps took Game 1 with a run in the bottom of the eighth after the Captains had tied the game with a Francisco Lindor solo homer in the top of the inning.
Shawn Morimondo started and went 5 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. Daniel Jimenez finished the game, allowing that eighth inning run on two hits (3.0 IP).
Jose Ramirez also homered for the Captains; Ramirez is finishing off an outstanding first year in a full-season league, and should be on most Indians top 10 lists this winter.
Lake County 7, Fort Wayne 4 (TIED 1-1)
The Captains rode a five-run second inning to a series-tying victory. Jordan Smith and Joseph Wendle tripled for the Captains, and Bryson Miles had three hits, including a double. Elvis Araujo started for Lake County, and allowed four runs in 4.2 innings.
Fort Wayne 13, Lake County 6 (FTW wins series 2-1)
The TinCaps pulled away from the Captains with a 6-run sixth inning, with all six coming off of Nicholas Pasquale. Cody Anderson started and allowed four runs, with Pasquale relieving him in the third inning. The game was tied at four going into the sixth inning, but once the top of the sixth was over, Fort Wayne had a commanding 10-4 lead.
Francisco Lindor finished off his first full professional season with a 2-for-5 night. Jake Lowery also went 2-for-5, including a home run and a double. Alex Lavisky and Jose Ramirez also added doubles.