Rookie Notes: Lovegrove, AZL Indians pounded by Rangers
GOODYEAR - The AZL Rangers have one of the best teams in the Arizona Rookie League. The Indians found out why last night as they were pounded 11-2.
Offense is rarely scarce for the AZL Indians, but the bats were silenced through 4.2 innings as the Rangers’ southpaw Aliangel Lopez shined striking out seven Indians and only giving up two hits with two out in the 5th inning. In the fifth inning right fielder Anthony Santander broke the no-hit bid and catcher Martin Cervenka followed up with a base knock, though that was as far as the damage went against Lopez.
While the Indians offense was seized, the lefty on the mound may have had the best slider some of these players have ever seen. A lefty throwing a fastball about 90-91 MPH and a consistent swing-and-miss caliber slider with great bite proved to be too much for the Indians through the first five frames.
Both of the Indians runs came on sacrifice flies. The first run was scored in the 6th...
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