After rattling off a seven game win streak early in the month, the AZL Indians dropped their third straight game Sunday, falling to the AZL Angels 8-7. The Tribe offense did manage to pound out 16 hits on the night, but nine men left on base coupled with the bullpen allowing the AZL Angels to score in each of the last four innings ultimately doomed the AZL Indians.
Most eighteen year olds across the country are currently enjoying their final summers of being a kid, eagerly preparing for what the next chapter of life will bring them. This is not the case for Clint Frazier. The Indians first round pick out of the MLB Draft barely two months ago is making his way through his pro debut out in the rookie leagues in Arizona, and the IBI's Sean Aronson recently caught up with him to see how things are going.
After a somewhat sloppy defeat Sunday, the AZL Indians rebounded nicely Monday afternoon, taking their rematch against the AZL Dodgers, 4-1. Clint Frazier and Juan Santana each played a key role in the victory, as Frazier homered and Santana tossed a gem for six innings.
The AZL Indians opened the second half of the AZL season Friday night by snapping their three game losing streak, as they rallied past their complex rival AZL Reds 5-3 in 10 innings. After coming back to tie the game in the late innings, the Tribe got a boost they desperately needed from LeVon Washington, who smacked a two-run blast in the top of the 10th inning and continued his red-hot offensive stretch.
The AZL Indians dropped a second straight game Tuesday night, falling 7-2 to the AZL Cubs at Hohokam Park. In a game that was similar in many ways to Monday night’s contest, the AZL Indians failed to come alive offensively and even when they did score runs, the bullpen was unsuccessful in holding the lead.
The AZL A’s outlasted the AZL Indians on Monday night, prevailing 5-4 in 10 innings. Despite outhitting their opponent nine to five, the AZL Indians’ bats failed to string any really meaningful rally together for the majority of the game, spoiling a terrific outing by starter Kieran Lovegrove.
The AZL Indians put together arguably their most impressive victory of the season Friday night, as they dominated the AZL Mariners for nine innings and won comfortably 10-2. AZL Indians starter Sean Brady and first baseman Matt LaPorta set the tone early, allowing the Tribe to take control and never look back.
The AZL Indians took care of business Monday night beating the AZL Dodgers 7-2. Although the AZL Indians looked shaky to begin the evening, they managed to come through with a five run fifth inning to power them past their Central Division rival.
The AZL Indians dropped their fifth straight game Friday night in a 8-5 loss to the AZL Angels. The AZL Angels, who own the second best record in the Arizona Rookie League, proved to be too strong and took advantage of eight walks issued by the AZL Indians, turning them into four of their eight runs on the evening.
The AZL Indians dropped their third straight game Wednesday night, falling to the AZL Giants by a final tally of 8-2. The AZL Giants improved to 14-2 on the season and demonstrated why they have the best record in the Arizona Rookie League, coming through with clutch hitting and strong pitching throughout the game.
The AZL Indians were flat from the first pitch to the last Monday night, as the visiting AZL Padres took a dominating 11-3 victory. It could have been the 100+ degree heat or the fact that they have played six games in as many days, but the usually energetic and loose AZL Indians were shells of their normal selves. They were out hit 18 to four on the evening and never managed to muster up any sort of fight.
The AZL Indians extended their win streak to four games on Friday night, cruising by their complex rival AZL Reds by a count of 11-3. The offense propelled the AZL Indians, as Tribe hitters pounded out 13 hits and managed to put together a seven run, two out rally in the third to push the game out of reach early.
In what is becoming an uncomfortable theme thus far on the season, the AZL Indians blew another lead in the late innings, but managed to come back and top the AZL Royals by a count of 4-3 Wednesday night at the Indians’ facility in Goodyear. The victory was largely due to the success of Joel and Francisco Mejia, who combined for three of the AZL Indians’ seven hits and three of their four runs on the night.
Before the calendar flipped to July, the AZL Indians found ways to get locked into some wild contests. Their erratic play continued Tuesday night, as they again went into extra innings against the AZL Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields and came away with a 7-5 win.
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