Cleveland Indians Minor League Report - July 12th
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BUFFALO BISONS - Three times last week the Bisons scored double-digit runs, all three of those contests ending in victory between July 8th-10th. The team missed out on a four-game win streak when they were topped by the Durham Bulls in the first game of a doubleheader on the 10th in 10 innings. In that game Buffalo, which is now second in the North Division of the International League with a record of 50-41, allowed the contest to get away from it when pitcher David Lee, with two outs and the bases loaded, walked Jonny Gomes to force in Luis Ordaz. The Bisons, 3 1/2 games out of first entering this week, batted a league-best .327 through eight games, cracking a league-high 14 home runs to give them a slugging percentage of .541. Unfortunately, while Buffalo hitters were tearing the cover off the ball, the pitching staff was putting up a 5.04 ERA and allowing opponents to hit .323 during the stretch. Russell Branyan may not have had one of the higher batting averages (.313), but he did connect on four home runs, leading to 10 RBI. Also hitting .313 was Jhonny Peralta in his seven games, connecting on five long balls, leading to nine knocked in and 11 runs scored. AKRON AEROS - The Aeros were more than held in check on July 11th as the Erie SeaWolves limited them to only three hits in a 1-0 loss on the road. It was the second 1-0 shutout defeat against Erie in the last three days, with a 7-4 victory for Akron in between. Overall the Aeros finished the week with a record of 3-3 and are now fifth in the Southern Division of the Eastern League with a record of 40-49, 14 games out of contention. The team won't have a chance to pick up much ground this week though, with the league's All-Star Game taking place in Bowie, Maryland on July 14th. Akron had one of the better batting averages in the league last week at .281, but the squad managed to muster only one home run, although the team did work 31 walks. Playing in all six games, Nate Grindell batted .458 with five RBI and four runs scored. Pitcher Andrew Brown made a pair of starts but lost both even though he struck out 11 in eight innings of work. KINSTON INDIANS - After postponing their game with Winston-Salem on Independence Day, the Indians were forced to play a doubleheader on the 5th, splitting against the Warthogs. The team then lost three in a row before taking two of three over the weekend to go 3-5 for the week. Kinston is now just 6-9 now that the second half of the Carolina League season has started, leaving them last in the Southern Division by four games. The Indians tied for the most home runs last week with nine, but also committed 11 errors in the field to defeat any advantage those power numbers may have given them. Eider Torres hit a team-high .382 last week and scored eight runs, while Ryan Garko hit three home runs and plated nine runs. J.J. Sherrill hit only .190 in 21 at-bats, but his eight RBI came in handy over his seven games. LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS - The week started off the right way for the Captains as they took two in a row from Lexington on July 5th and 6th, outscoring the squad by a combined 22-7. After that the wheels fell off and Lake County was kept out of the win column for the rest of the week. The team closed out the week with a 3-3 tie versus the Kannapolis Intimidators on July 11th, but only after losing four in a row to that point. The Captains are now 7-9 during the second half of the season, good enough for fifth place in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League, 3 1/2 games behind front- running Charleston-WV. Lake County came away with the lowest batting average of any team in the league last week at just .215, although it did tie for second in the SAL with 12 home runs. Brad Snyder was again a powerhouse at the plate for the Captains with his .421 batting average and .947 slugging percentage. He hit three home runs for the team and knocked in nine on just eight hits, scoring five runs himself as well. MAHONING VALLEY SCRAPPERS - For the second time this season the Scrappers surrendered double-digit runs to an opponent, this time in a 10-2 loss versus Batavia on July 9th. The team bounced back with wins on Saturday and Sunday to give themselves a mark of 4-2 on the week. Like every other team in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League so far this season, Mahoning Valley is far off the pace set by Auburn which is 17-4 at the moment. The Scrappers are at least tied for second place in the division, but that only means that they are already eight games out of first. If nothing else, Mahoning Valley looked strong on the base paths with eight steals without being caught last week. Brian Finegan hit only .263 for the club over the six games, one of only four position players to appear in every contest last week, but ended up with a team-high six RBI thanks mostly to three doubles. BURLINGTON INDIANS - With just two wins now in 11 tries during the month of July, the Indians have had a hard time getting consistent play to say the least. On July 5th the group lost a 13-4 decision, the most runs they've given up so far this season, to Princeton, and then bounced back the very next day to take a 10-2 victory. Unfortunately, the rest of the week had nothing but tallies in the loss column as Burlington, which surrendered a 13-1 decision to Bluefield in the second game of a doubleheader on July 11th. Although the team is not last in the East Division of the Appalachian League, its pretty close with a record of 7-14, just a half game ahead of the last place Devil Rays. The Indians had the second-lowest batting average of any team in the league last week at .263, coming in with a league-low two home runs as well. Domingo Vasquez was one of two players to hit an even .500 last week, knocking in four runs and scoring a pair for the squad, while Evandy DeLeon led the group with five runs knocked in even though he hit just .235.