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In the classic episode of Seinfeld called “The Doll” (#127 for those of you who want to check it out) Elaine tries to get the signature of the least well known of the Three Tenors who will be on The Charles Grodin Show along with Jerry Seinfeld. Throughout the episode this Tenor is known only as ‘The Other Guy’.
For the 2016 edition of the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats rotation, Julian Merryweather is that Other Guy. He is slotted in the number four spot in the rotation between Luis Lugo and Sean Brady. The number one and two spots in the rotation are held down by Justus Sheffield and Mitch Brown. All three of the pitchers ahead of Merryweather are in the top 30 prospects in the Indians organization and Brady has the pedigree of having been a member of the 16 and under group of Team USA in 2010 while he was still in high school.
Selected in the fifth round of the 2014 First Year Player Draft, Merryweather began the season with 34 professional games pitched to his credit, only 16 of those coming as the starter. He was drafted out of Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), a place he had arrived at by a circuitous route.
OBU is a Division II school with a strong record in athletics, including baseball. With no offers to play Division I baseball when he graduated from High School in Berkeley, California, he instead went to Junior College.
When a crowd of around 4,000 settled into their seats at League Park on April 29, 1931, they couldn’t have expected to see a little bit of history in that day’s game between the Indians and the St. Louis Browns. But they did see it – and not without controversy either.
Cleveland News sportswriter Ed Bang knew history was at hand. Syndicated sportswriter William Braucher told a tale from the press box that Bang – also the official scorer for the Indians – told a St. Louis sportswriter that he was going to see a no-hitter that day.
Given the opponent, it was probably an educated guess. The Browns were regarded for much of their existence as the dregs of the league (the unofficial slogan for St. Louis was “First in booze, first in shoes and last in the American League”), and were already tied for last place less than two weeks into the season.
Minnesota pulled off another walk-off win from Target Field on Tuesday night as Miguel Sano singled home Brian Dozier off of Cleveland closer Cody Allen with one out in the bottom of the ninth to give the Twins a 6-5 victory over the Indians.
Response runs were a story of the night and the ninth inning was no different as Indians manager Terry Francona sent Allen (0-2) to the mound to keep the game tied. It would not be so for the Tribe as Allen gave up a leadoff single deep in the hole at short by Danny Santana. He would be erased on a caught stealing after a crew chief review for the first out, but Dozier followed with a double to right-center. Joe Mauer was intentionally walked, but it did not matter as Sano singled to center to drive home the winning run.
A second straight devastating night for the Indians, this one powered by just six hits, dropped the club back to the .500 mark at 9-9. The Twins improved to 6-4 at home and are now 7-14 on the season.
Less than nine months after he was a deadline trade by the Cleveland Indians to the Los Angeles Angels, former Tribe outfielder David Murphy is walking away from the game of baseball.
On Sunday, Murphy left the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A affiliate Rochester after the game and returned home to Dallas, where his wife and children still live after his lengthy career in Texas with the Rangers. He asked for, and was granted, his release on Monday.
“I think I’m done playing,” Murphy shared with Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press via telephone interview. “It was definitely a tough decision, but it wasn’t an emotional decision I made over a few minutes or even an hour. A lot of time went into it, and I know I made the right decision.”
After two pickoff throws to first, Rajai Davis took off. He put his head down and the throw from the Mets’ catcher was well late. With a lead as big as the one Davis had, in combination with his quickness, there was no way he would be caught.
That stolen base on April 16 was Davis’s fifth of the season, in only the team’s ninth game, the most by a Tribe player in the team’s first nine games since Kenny Lofton stole six in 1998. Davis would swipe 50 bags if he continues on this pace, a personal best.
The last Indians player to steal more than 25 bases in a season was Jason Kipnis, who stole 31 in 2012 and 30 in 2013.
The 2016 version of the Cleveland Indians has been hyped nationwide for their frightening starting rotation options, a strong group of right-handed pitchers who have looked good over the last several seasons and rival some of the best arms in the game. In 1902, a legendary Cleveland pitcher, who excelled for much of his nine-year career, began his journey on this date.
Back in the second season of the Cleveland franchise, a young arm just two weeks past his 22nd birthday took the mound at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis to begin what would ultimately be a tragically short Hall of Fame career as one of the more dominating pitchers to ever hurl for the club in the 116-year history of the organization.
It was a weird night from Target Field, so it seemed fitting that the game would come down to a dramatic ending. A solo home run from Oswaldo Arcia to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Minnesota Twins a 4-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.
Arcia sent his game-winner to deep right, the Twins’ first since July, over the granite wall off of Indians reliever Zach McAllister (1-1). The Twins outfielder entered the at bat 0-for-6 in eight career plate appearances against McAllister with four strikeouts and a pair of walks. It is Arcia’s second walk-off hit of the season (April 17th versus Los Angeles Angels).
It was just the second hit allowed this season by McAllister.
Facing another left-hander in Tommy Milone, the Indians lineup struggled to capitalize on frequent scoring opportunities throughout the night, scratching across their early runs in unusual fashion.
If you heard what sounded like a massive gush of wind shortly after 4 PM on Monday afternoon, it was likely the entire Cleveland Indians’ collection of baseball fans exhaling a collective sigh of relief after the injury update on starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco.
It could have been much, much worse.
The Indians announced Monday afternoon that the starter was, as expected, placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, while starting left fielder Michael Brantley was activated from the list.
It was almost a perfect weekend for the Indians and the city of Cleveland in general, but now many of the thoughts are on the status of starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco and the severity of the leg injury he sustained in the 6-3 win by the Indians over the Detroit Tigers to wrap up a three-game sweep in the first stop of a three-city road trip by the Tribe.
As Carrasco returned to Cleveland for testing, his teammates packed up and headed to Minneapolis, where they will continue their road trip with three games against the scuffling Twins on Monday night.
Did The Tribe Win Last Night’s own Vince Guerrieri (@vinceguerrieri) joins It’s Pronounced Lajaway’s Noah Gross (@noah_gross27) to express their sheer concern over the Carlos Carrasco injury. The bad news is short though as they recap the mauling in Motown. Some Francona bullpen decisions are once again gone over. Also, the future looks bright for the offense as our beloved Michael Smooth nears his return.
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