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After a great start to the 2016 season, the Lynchburg Hillcats had six different players selected for spots on the Carolina League All-Star team. Each of the six men made contributions in the All-Star game on Tuesday from Lake Elsinore, California, as the Carolina League defeated the California League by a 6-4 score.
The Carolina League team was the visiting team and got a run in the first manufactured heavily by the Hillcats own (and southern California native) Greg Allen. Playing center field in the game and batting leadoff, he drew a walk against Chris Huffman and proceeded to steal both second and third bases before scoring two batters later on a sacrifice fly from Mauricio Dubon of Salem.
Trevor Bauer continued the all day celebration in downtown Cleveland as he threw a complete game gem to sweep the series from the Tampa Bay Rays with a 6-1 victory on Wednesday night.
Bauer, following in the footsteps of Corey Kluber the night before, reeled off a three-hitter. It was the second consecutive three-hitter by the Cleveland staff and the second complete game tossed by Bauer in his career. It seemed the fitting finale of the Indians home schedule for the month and a proper end to a day full of celebrations, jubilation, sun, and fun on the shores of Lake Erie, where estimates of over one million people jammed into the town beginning in the wee hours of the morning to partake in the parade and ceremony honoring the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Indians (41-30), lost some in the shuffle of excitement this month, not only swept their series with the Rays, but swept their six-game homestand and all games in the month of June at Progressive Field. The Indians have won six straight games and eleventh straight on their home field to improve to a season-high eleven games above the .500 mark. Another loss by Kansas City on Wednesday increased Cleveland’s lead in the American League Central Division to three games.
On the third day of May, Nick Pasquale was assigned to the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats. That day would be the first of three games cancelled over the next week as heavy rains swept through the Central Virginia area. This forced a doubleheader against the Carolina Mudcats and the loss of an off day in order to make up a game against division rival Potomac.
More importantly, it would produce an opportunity for Pasquale to move out of the bullpen and get an opportunity as a starting pitcher.
Seventy years ago Wednesday, baseball innovator and mogul Bill Veeck and a small handful of other investors officially purchased the Cleveland Indians organization, setting the stage less than two years later for one of the most exciting pennant chases the game of baseball had ever seen and one of a handful of sports moments forever celebrated in the city of Cleveland.
Veeck, then 32 years old, had spent his life involved in the game of baseball.
Pity the Golden State Warriors.
They were a win away from immortality in the pantheon of all-time great teams when the Cavaliers completed a historic comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals to beat the Warriors for the first sports title in Cleveland since before the days of color television.
The Warriors won a record 73 games in the regular season, and with Sunday’s Game 7 loss to the Cavs, became the first team in NBA history to lose as many playoff games (9) as regular season game. It’s the type of crushing defeat that Cleveland fans are used to, only in baseball – and from the other side.
On the eve of the biggest party and celebration the city of Cleveland has seen in its sports history, Indians ace Corey Kluber gave fans a little something more to be excited about as he threw a complete game three-hit shutout over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, 6-0.
After allowing a second inning single to Corey Dickerson, Kluber shut down any semblance of an offense for the Rays. He was supplied with a few runs by the midway mark of the game before his teammates doubled their production with an explosive eighth inning full of fireworks.
When the Tribe signed Yan Gomes to a six-year, $23 million contract prior to the 2014 season, they expected his 2013 production to continue. That year, he had a .294/.345/.481 slash line and slugged eleven home runs in only 88 games. Chris Antonetti certainly felt good about the signing when Gomes won the Silver Slugger Award in 2014 after he hit .278 with 21 home runs. He had the highest fWAR among AL catchers that year, at 4.5, and led all catchers with a walloping .194 isolated power.
Gomes hasn’t been able to replicate that season since then. He never fully rebounded from a right knee injury last April, hitting only .231 in 95 games in 2015. However, there was hope at the end of the year that he found his swing after he posted a .256/.280/.462 slash line in September and a career best 26.4% line drive rate.