Cleveland Indians Minor League Report - August 9th
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BUFFALO BISONS - Buffalo continues to play well as they won their fourth straight game on August 8 and improved to 5-3 for the week. Overall, the Bisons (65-50) lead the North Division by four games over the Scranton/Wilkes- Barre Red Barons. Andrew Brown led the way for Buffalo as he pitched five shutout innings to record his first win of the year in their 3-0 win over Syracuse on August 8. Brown walked three and struck out four to improve to 1-0. Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Phillips led the offensive attack for Buffalo. Each played in all eight games, while Peralta hit .344 (11-32), Phillips batted .400 (12-30). The duo each drilled a home run and combined to drive in seven for the week. AKRON AEROS - With losses in five of their seven games this week, the Aeros have fallen 12 games below .500 for the season. Jason Cooper had trouble making contact this week, as he went just 5-for-24 with eight strikeouts. On the other hand, Ryan Garko had a monster week, going 11-for-30 with three doubles, one home run, and nine RBI. Nate Grindell hit at a .522 clip, adding three doubles and five RBI of his own. On the mound, the Aeros did not produce as they boasted a team ERA of 6.14 and gave up eight home runs in only seven games. Jeremy Guthrie was roughed up in his only start, allowing 10 earned runs in only four innings of work in a 12-7 loss to Altoona. A 10-3 win over Bowie to end the week will give the Aeros confidence heading into the upcoming week. KINSTON INDIANS - The Indians took four of six games last week, but have not been able to escape the grasp of third place Myrtle Beach, who they lead by a slim half-game margin. They find themselves just 2 1/2 games behind first- place Winston-Salem in the Southern Division. The Indians batted .301 for the week and had the league's best ERA at 1.89. Pat Magness (.381, one home run, five RBI), Shaun Larkin (.364, five runs, .481 obp) and John Van Every (.333, one home run, six RBI) paced the Indians' attack. Brian Slocum turned in a fine one-hit, shutout over Myrtle Beach on August 3rd in the first game of a double-header. Only one of Kinston's starting pitchers finished with an ERA above two and that was Dave Martinez, who came in at a very respectable 2.57. J.D. Martin (1-0, 1.29 ERA), Adam Miller (0-0, 1.80 ERA), Keith Ramsey (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and Derrick Van Dusen (0-0, 1.80 ERA) all pitched brilliantly. LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS - The Captains started the week winners in four of their first five games, but faded to drop their final two. Kevin Kouzmanoff hit .393 in 28 at-bats, had one home run and drove in six, including a four-RBI outing in a 10-2 win over Asheville, to lead the inconsistent Lake County attack. Ryan Goleski also had a solid week, hitting .346 with a homer and five RBI. Rafael Perez and Nick Pesco were both winners in their only start of the week. Perez allowed two runs in seven innings, while Pesco permitted a run in five innings. Lake County sits at 20-23, currently stuck in the middle of the Northern Division. MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS - The Scrappers ended their week on a good note with a 10-2 over the Oneonta Tigers but started the week losing five of there first six games. Brian Finegan put together a monster week at the plate and was one of the only bright spots for Mahoning Valley. Finegan hit .478 with one home run, seven RBI and scored six runs in seven games. Argenis Reyes collected 11 hits and scored five times. Hector Santana compiled 1-0 record with a 0.00 ERA in two appearances out of the bullpen. The Scrappers walked 32 batters in 60 innings which was worst among New York/Penn Teams. BURLINGTON INDIANS - The Indians went 4-2 this week including two wins this weekend against the Danville Braves. Boodle Clark led the Indians with seven hits and seven RBI in six games. P.J. Hiser provided the power with two home runs and a .680 slugging percentage. Reid Santos, Adrian Schau and Jesus Soto all went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Santos started one game this week and held the Johnson City Cardinals to one hit and struck out nine in six innings of scoreless ball. Schau and Soto picked up their wins against Danville this past weekend coming out of the bullpen.