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On July 22, 1796, a team of surveyors led by Moses Cleaveland stepped off a boat where the Cuyahoga River meets Lake Erie to plan out a town in what was then known as the Connecticut Western Reserve.
To celebrate the 125th anniversary of Cleveland’s founding (local lore is that a newspaper editor removed the first A so it would fit better in a headline), everyone in the city pulled out all the stops – including the Indians.
The celebration started with a recreation of Cleaveland’s landing. Bunting was hung. A week of parades was scheduled. And the Indians would host an Old-Timers Day at League Park, then known as Dunn Field for the team’s owner, Jim Dunn.
The magic was back again at Progressive Field as Francisco Lindor’s bases loaded walk-off single with one out in the bottom of the ninth capped a three-run comeback as the Cleveland Indians stunned the Washington Nationals, 7-6, on Tuesday night.
After a shaky start from All-Star Danny Salazar and with the Indians’ offense once again contained by Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez, Cleveland entered the ninth trailing 6-4 with Washington closer Jonathan Papelbon coming on for the save. It would prove to be anything but routine for the veteran right-hander, who wasted no time getting into trouble.
Much of Washington may have just gotten out of town after invading the city of Cleveland for the Republican National Convention last week, but a much more tolerable and exciting bunch from the Nation’s Capital, the Washington Nationals, will hit the city this week for a brief two-game set with the host Indians. It almost seems cruel that two of the top teams in their respective leagues will get to play a pair of games in less than 24 hours against one another. It is depriving baseball fans of some of the best that Interleague play could offer this season.
The Indians (56-41; .577) will host the Washington Nationals (58-41; .586) for just two games, a Tuesday night contest to be followed up by an afternoon matinee on Wednesday. Cleveland returns home after yet another lengthy road trip, their fourth consecutive trip away from home of nine games or longer. While they have held their own while playing as visitors (30-25 record), they have been even better defending their home turf, carrying a 26-16 (.619) record into this homestand that will last until August 4.
With one out in the fourth inning of Monday’s game against the Royals, Lonnie Chisenhall hit a bloop single to center field. Even though Jose Ramirez was not running on the pitch (probably because of what happened two pitches earlier), he still managed to go from first to third on the short single. On the next play, he scored on a Juan Uribe groundout pushing the Tribe’s lead to two.
If Ramirez hadn’t taken the extra base on Chisenhall’s hit, he wouldn’t have scored on the groundout. It’s his aggressiveness on the bases, and the team’s aggressiveness as a whole, that’s putting them in better positions to win games. Though unfortunately the Tribe lost that game, the team’s excellent base running is one of the reasons they are in first place in the division.
The Lake County Captains had a short week since the last Captains’ log as the club went out on the road for a three-game series in Beloit before a three-gamer at Wisconsin.
Coming in with two days of rest after off days on Monday and Tuesday, Brock Hartson led the club to a 4-2 win on Wednesday. Thursday’s game was rained out, leading to a doubleheader split on Friday, with the Captains winning the first game 9-1 before dropping the nightcap, 7-0. In Appleton, a four-run ninth gave the Captains an 8-7 lead, but a two-run home run by Isan Diaz sent Wisconsin to a walk-off win. Lake County recovered from the defeat with wins on Sunday and Monday by 6-2 finals.
After Monday’s game, the Captains remain in the middle of the Midwest League’s Eastern Division with a 13-17 record, a half dozen games behind the front running South Bend Cubs while sitting in fifth place. Following an off day on Tuesday, the club returns home briefly for a three-game set against the Cubs before hitting the road for a seven-game trip with stops at West Michigan and Great Lakes.
In other news from the Captains’ log:
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Thomas Pannone became the third different Lynchburg pitcher to take home the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week honor on Monday afternoon. The 22-year-old southpaw, with just two appearances under his belt as a member of the Hillcats’ roster, joined Julian Merryweather and Sean Brady before him.
The International League of Professional Baseball Clubs, Inc. announced on Monday morning that Columbus utility man Yandy Diaz was named the league’s Batter of the Week for games played between July 18 and July 24.
The 24-year-old was joined by Lehigh Valley pitcher David Buchanan in receiving a weekly honor.
It is the second major accolade for the Indians third base and outfield prospect in the month of July. On the 10th, he participated in Major League Baseball’s All-Star Futures Game in San Diego, California, during the All-Star weekend festivities.
Joe Coblitz (@BurningRiverBB) of Burning River Baseball and Jake Dungan (@JakeDBaseball) of Indians Baseball Insider talk about the Indians recent series wins, the needs in the bullpen and some potential trades that could fix them. Included is a slightly deeper than normal look into the Indians minor league system to discover who is untouchable and where the Indians have depth.
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