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Did The Tribe Win Last Night? | May 23, 2017

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Triston McKenzie

Carolina League Had 14 Reasons to Pick McKenzie as Pitcher of the Week

May 16, 2017 |

A gem of an outing last Tuesday by Lynchburg starter Triston McKenzie caught the eyes of all of minor league baseball and the Carolina League rewarded his efforts by naming him the league’s Pitcher of the Week for games played between May 8 and May 14.

The 19-year-old right-hander made just one start during the week, but he made his mark in a dominating effort at home against the Carolina Mudcats that he will likely remember for some time. Read More

McKenzie K’s 14, Pannone Promoted, and More in Hillcats Chatter

May 12, 2017 |

Rains again washed away another game for the Lynchburg Hillcats as Thursday’s game against the Carolina Mudcats was postponed. The two teams do not meet again in the first half of the Carolina League schedule, so the game will not be rescheduled.

The cancellation marked the fifth time this season that the Hillcats could not play baseball because of the weather and the second time in the last week after last Thursday’s game in Potomac with the Nationals was under water. It stopped Lynchburg from putting an end to a tough battle with Carolina after dropping two of three in a low scoring three-game series. The abbreviated set featured a total of eleven runs between the Hillcats (five) and the Mudcats (six). Read More

Solid Pitching Performances Highlight This Week’s Hillcats Chatter

April 22, 2017 |

It has been a good week for the Lynchburg Hillcats as they carried a five-game winning streak through much of the week before losing game one of their series with the Potomac Nationals on Thursday.

Last Friday, Lynchburg dropped a 4-0 decision to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the series opener before winning three straight to start off their seven-game road trip. After being shut out, they put up five runs over each of the next three games of the series before moving on to Carolina to take on the Mudcats from Zebulon. Mother Nature interfered with the festivities on Monday, but Tuesday’s doubleheader went on as planned. The ‘Cats swept that double dip, winning by 1-0 and 7-1 finals before an off day on Wednesday. The pitching staff allowed eight runs on Thursday in an 8-2 defeat in the opener from Lynchburg with the P’Nats before a 4-2 win on Friday night. Read More

Four Tribe Prospects Named to Baseball America’s Minor League All-Star Teams

September 16, 2016 |

Baseball America released its minor league All-Star teams across all minor league levels on Monday and four prospects from the Cleveland Indians farm system claimed spots on the annual rosters.

The biggest winner was 19-year-old right-hander Triston McKenzie, who was not only named as one of the five starting pitchers selected to the roster, but was announced as the Baseball America Short-Season Pitcher of the Year for his 4-3 record in nine starts while with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Read More

Shane Ends Strong, Calica’s First Captains Homer, and More in the Captains’ Log

September 5, 2016 |

The Lake County Captains are playing out the string as they finish their 2016 regular season on the outside of the Midwest League’s playoff picture.

A tough series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods from August 22 to 25 effectively spelled the end of the run for the Captains (71-68), who dropped five in a row in the series. They bounced back with three straight wins against Lansing before dropping the finale with the Lugnuts and went on the road to Dayton, winning the first game of the series before dropping the final two contests. They have split a pair with Lansing in the final games of the season, with a 1:00 PM start on Monday marking the final game on the 2016 calendar for the Captains.

In other news and notes from the Captains’ log: Read More

Calica Promoted, McKenzie Wins Second Straight, and More in the Captains’ Log

August 29, 2016 |

Despite winning the first three games of their four-game set with the Lansing Lugnuts, any dreams of a division crown fizzled out for the Lake County Captains this week after getting stomped in five straight games in a four-day span by Bowling Green to start an eight-game homestand at Classic Park in Eastlake.

The season is winding down in the Midwest League, as the Captains (29-34 in the second half) have seven games left on their regular season schedule while clinging to a slight chance of a postseason trip. They trail the Great Lakes Loons by three and a half games for the final Eastern Division second half qualifying spot. Lake County has a game against Lansing on Monday night before heading to Dayton for a three-game series to wrap up the road schedule from Wednesday to Friday. They will then return home to host the final three games of their season as they face the Lugnuts again on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

In other scribblings in the Captains’ log: Read More

McKenzie Wins First, Ison’s Big Week, and More in the Captains’ Log

August 22, 2016 |

With the season winding down to its final two weeks, the Lake County Captains are staring down elimination from the postseason picture while working their way back to the .500 mark on the year.

The Captains (26-29) took both of their series over the last week, sweeping four straight from the West Michigan Whitecaps before taking two of three in Fort Wayne from the TinCaps. In winning six of their last seven and seven of their last ten, they have pulled their record within three games of reaching the even mark while tying the Great Lakes Loons for fourth place in the Midwest League Eastern Division. They will host five games in the next four days against Bowling Green before welcoming in Lansing for four home games over the weekend.

In other news and notes from the Captains’ log: Read More

New Face Foss Settles In, Cervenka Streaking, and More in the Captains’ Log

August 16, 2016 |

The Lake County Captains chased perfection on Monday, and while the club came up short in their pursuit of history, they did come away with a 2-1 win over West Michigan in the series opener from Classic Park. Over the previous seven days, the results had been mixed for the Indians’ Class-A affiliate, who took three of four at home against Dayton before hitting the road to face Great Lakes, where they promptly dropped three of four.

At 21-28 in the second half of the Midwest League season, the Captains are on the verge of elimination, trailing the South Bend Cubs by 11.5 games from the sixth spot in the Eastern Division. A combination of Cubs’ wins and Captains’ losses equaling eleven games will spell elimination for the young Indians farm club. While they have played well in front of the home crowd in the second half, posting a 12-9 record, they have been lost and have lost on the road a lot, earning a 9-19 record away from Eastlake.

In other news and notes from the Captains’ log: Read More

Calica Cruising Along, Krauth’s Scoreless Streak, And More in Scrappers’ Scrapbook

August 9, 2016 |

A good start to the month of August was negated for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, who were swept in three straight close contests against Hudson Valley on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

The week began better for the Scrappers, who salvaged their series at home against Williamsport with a 2-1 win last Tuesday before heading to West Virginia for three with the Black Bears. They swept the set with three one-run victories, but lost 4-2, 3-2, and 5-2 to Hudson Valley to spoil the four-game winning streak.

The Scrappers (22-27) return home on Tuesday for a six-game homestand with Batavia and Williamsport. They trail State College by 12.5 games in the Pinckney Division, but will look to gain a little ground while hoping to improve on an 11-12 home record this season.

In more news and notes from the Scrappers’ Scrapbook: Read More

McKenzie Impressive in Debut, Shane and Chiang Sharp, and More in the Captains’ Log

August 9, 2016 |

After ending July on a four-game losing streak, things have gotten a little bit better for the Lake County Captains over the course of the first week of the final full month of the Class-A regular season.

They wrapped up their series with West Michigan to start the month of August, splitting a pair after dropping the first two games of the four-game set. On the second leg of their road trip, they won the opener against Great Lakes, 8-2, but fell 12-3 and 5-2 in the final two games on Thursday and Friday. They came home to Eastlake on Saturday to start a four-game series with Dayton, losing the opener 7-2 before returning the favor by the same score on Sunday night. They clinched at least a series split with a 5-1 win on Monday.

The Captains (18-25), in seventh place in the eight-team Midwest League Eastern Division, will finish their series with Dayton on Tuesday night before returning to Great Lakes for four more beginning Thursday night. They will come back to Classic Park on Monday to host West Michigan before returning to the road once again.

In other notes from the Captains log: Read More

Calica Continues Hitting, McKenzie Allows a Run, and More in the Scrappers’ Scrapbook

July 31, 2016 |

Mother Nature has been unkind to the young Mahoning Valley Scrappers this week. The Indians’ short-season affiliate has had three rainouts and a pair of doubleheaders in the last week because of the weather.

The Scrappers were set to play three with Connecticut on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, but had to settle for a Monday doubleheader and Tuesday’s finale. They swept the three games to push their winning streak to five straight. After Wednesday’s off day and Thursday’s rainout in Aberdeen, the Scrappers played their second doubleheader of the week, winning game one 7-1 before a 6-2 loss in the nightcap to end their six-game winning streak. Saturday’s matchup was similarly drowned out by rain.

Mahoning Valley (18-22) returns home Sunday for three with Williamsport before hitting the road for six straight against West Virginia and Hudson Valley. They have incredibly pulled within four games of the .500 mark and are eight and a half games in back of State College in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

In other news and notes from the Scrappers’ scrapbook: Read More

Another Mejia Streaking, Calica Raking, and More in the Scrappers’ Scrapbook

July 24, 2016 |

Things may have finally turned a corner for the Cleveland Indians’ Mahoning Valley Scrappers affiliate, who endured nearly a month of tough games to start the New York-Penn League season.

After a 3-11 start to its season and a 3-7 mark to begin July, Mahoning Valley has gotten into the win column with much more regularity, posting an 8-3 record over its last eleven games, including a season-high four-game winning streak from July 12 through 15.

The Scrappers (14-21) are now nine games in back of the State College Spikes in the Pinckney Division, fifth out of six teams, but with a sizable lead over the cellar-dwelling Batavia Muckdogs. The club will look to continue taking series by series, as the Scrappers have won four straight sets, including a three-game matchup against Lowell to start their current six-game homestand. They will welcome in Connecticut on Sunday for three games before hitting the road for Aberdeen.

In other news and notes from the Scrappers’ scrapbook: Read More