Cleveland Indians Minor League Report - August 23rd
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BUFFALO BISONS - The Bisons (77-53) continue to play excellent baseball as they posted a 6-1 record for the week and increased their first-place lead to 9 1/2 games over the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons. They led the International League as a team in home runs (19), RBI (57), and slugging percentage (.606). Ryan Ludwick had a huge week at the plate. In 27 plate appearances, he registered 12 hits, 4 home runs, and 12 RBI. He batted .444 with a slugging percentage of 1.074, while his on-base-percentage of .500 led the team. Ludwick was one of six Bisons' to collect two or more home runs. Kyle Denney was solid in his one start of the week. In seven innings against Pawtucket, Denney allowed one earned run on three hits and a walk. He fanned five in the win. AKRON AEROS - The Aeros finished their week winners of three straight to up their record to up their record to 57-69 for the season. Nick Pesco and Andrew Brown were solid on the hill as each registered a win in their only starts of the week. On August 21st. Brown was solid in game one of a doubleheader versus the Norwich Navigators. In six shutout innings, he surrendered just one hit and one walk. Brown struck out three in the win, while Pesco was dominant in the second game of the twin bill. He struck out ten in five innings as he yielded three hits and one walk. Corey Smith led the Akron offense with three home runs and seven RBI. KINSTON INDIANS - Kinston capped a brilliant 6-1 week with four straight victories to improve to 35-19. The first half champions of the Southern Division of the Carolina League own a two-game lead over Winston Salem. The Kinston offense was dominating again as they led the league with a .310 batting average and 40 RBI. In addition, Indians pitching was solid as well leading the League with a 2.00 ERA all while holding opponents to a .202 batting average. Offensively, Pat Osborn led the way batting .458 (11-24) with eight runs scored, a homer, and seven RBI. Shaun Larkin led the team with nine RBI for the week. Derrick Van Dusen earned two wins in two starts this week. In eleven innings, he allowed one earned run on ten hits and five walks. Van Dusen struck out 13 in his two wins and had a miniscule 0.82 ERA. LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS - The Captains finished the week 3-3 and suffered back- to-back losses to close things out. Overall, Lake County (26-28) is 10 1/2 games behind Hickory in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League. Kevin Kouzmanoff belted three home runs and knocked in four runs to lead the Captains offense. Micah Schilling led the team in hitting with .353 average. Chris Niesel was the only starting pitcher for the Captains to record a win. MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS - The Scrappers halted a three game losing streak with a win over the Jamestown Jammers on Sunday August 22nd to even their record at 3-3 for the last seven days. They improved to 32-31 on the season, 11 1/2 games back of Auburn in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League. Unfortunately for Mahoning Valley, they owned a team worst 7.12 ERA, and teams hit .284 against them. Wyatt Toregas led the team with six RBI, while Mike Butia and Christopher Gimenez each knocked in five for the week. Butia and Toregas were the only two Scrappers to register home runs. Aaron Laffey was the only starting pitcher to record a win. BURLINGTON INDIANS - Three straight wins powered the Indians to a 4-2 record this past week. They improved to 27-32 on the season and moved to within 7 1/2 games of first place Danville in the East Division of the Appalachian League. Derrick Peterson led the team in RBI with 11 and batting as he posted a .500 average (11-22). He also scored five runs and smacked a double. Gerson Mercedes was solid in a 2-1 win over the Pulaski Blue Jays on Monday August 16th. In five innings, he allowed one earned run on four hits. He struck out five and did not walk a batter in the win.