Postseason ticket sales started for the Cleveland Indians on Friday morning, and the team offered fans another reason to invest on Friday night. The Indians moved into a playoff position with a 2-1 win on Friday night, thanks to some Houston Astros errors and some inclement weather.
The Cleveland Indians crafted some late-inning bat magic as they rallied a comeback 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Michael Bourn was the late inning firestarter as his 7th inning triple set up the tying runs and his 9th inning homer gave the Indians the cushion they needed.
The Cleveland Indians’ offense could not craft more than one run on Monday night as the team fell to the Kansas City Royals 7-1. Lefty Scott Kazmir picked his way through five innings of work as he fought to keep Cleveland in the game against Kansas City right-hander James Shields, but the Royals were sharp in all facets of the game and came away with a victory in game one of the series.
Development was the anchor for the Lake County Captains this year. The team certainly had its ups and downs as it finished 54-83 overall. Each element of the team had its holes, from struggling starters to a handful of ugly errors, but the team undoubtedly showed progress, which is the name of the game in the minors. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger chimes in with her final notebook and recaps the season that was for the Captains.
Three months ago, Kyle Crockett was treading the ball field at the University of Virginia. He was a junior ending his collegiate career with hopes of playing professional baseball. He’d spent the past three years converting holds and saves and on June 7, he converted his dream into a reality. Fast-forward to today, and he's already on the Major League doorstep and considered an option for the Indians in the bullpen in the very near future.
Professional baseball bears witness to an inevitable path of highs and lows. Players fall victim to the unsympathetic elements of the game beyond their control. One of those things beyond their control are injuries, which is something that Double-A Akron right-handed Shawn Armstrong had to deal with this season. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him and talked with him about how he has handled such a frustrating season.
The Lake County Captains dropped the final home game of their 2013 season to the Lansing Lugnuts 8-5 on Friday night. Friday’s loss seals the Captains’ home record at 30-40 and 54-80 overall. Luis Morel received the loss and Lansing reliever Griffin Murphy received the win.
The season is winding down to its final week and the Lake County Captains won’t be seeing any postseason action this year. The past two weeks were vital for the team's chances to advance, but the wins just didn’t happen as the team was swept by West Michigan and dropped two of three to Dayton. With one homestand remaining, the team will look to finish strong before the fall leagues start. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the previous week for the Captains.
The West Michigan Whitecaps washed over the Lake County Captains with a pair of home runs in a 6-2 win on Saturday night.
Right-hander Jake Sisco (4-11, 4.83) tossed two innings for the Captains in opposition to Whitecaps’ starter Edgar De La Rosa (8-6, 5.87). Luis DeJesus pitched in relief for the Captains and surrendered a pair of costly home runs.
The Lake County Captains let an early lead slip as the Dayton Dragons clawed their way to a 5-3 win on Thursday night. Right-hander Robbie Aviles (4-3, 3.84) received the start for the Captains against Dayton righty Drew Cisco (4-7, 3.90).
The Lake County Captains fell to the Dayton Dragons 4-3 despite another solid outing from starting pitcher Dylan Baker on Wednesday night. Baker (7-6, 3.77) received a no-decision as he tossed six scoreless innings in his last outing. Lefty Amir Garrett (1-2, 5.61) received the start for the Dragons.
The Lake County Captains continued their recent success with a handful of W’s last week, complete with one of their own being deemed Cleveland Indians Minor League Player of the Week. As the playoffs loom closer, the team now must press to produce offensively, which has been its Achilles all year. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger takes a look back at the previous week for the Captains.
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