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The Lake County Captains wrapped up the first half of the Midwest League season last weekend with a 40-30 record, but a third place showing in the Eastern Division, falling a game and a half short of the first half division crown and a half-game short of locking up a playoff spot in the Wild Card chase.
The club took a break during the week for the Midwest League All-Star Game, which was attended by four members of the Captains roster. Play resumed on Thursday, with Lake County hosting the Great Lakes Loons at Classic Park. They dropped each of the first two games of the series before getting a well-pitched 1-0 shutout on Saturday night and a 6-3 win in the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
The Captains (2-2) will head out to South Bend to take on the Cubs for four straight, with that series starting on Monday night.
In other notes in the Captains log:
The glory days are over as the Indians enter rebuilding mode. The team deals staff ace Bartolo Colon and minor league pitcher Tim Drew to the Montreal Expos for three prospects and veteran first baseman/outfielder Lee Stevens.
Using a four-homer fifth inning, the Cleveland Indians knocked out Detroit starter Justin Verlander to complete their third straight sweep and their third sweep in a row over the Tigers with a 9-3 victory at Comerica Park on Sunday.
The Tigers had just knotted the game back up at 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth with their second solo homer of the game off of Indians starter Josh Tomlin when his teammates decided it was their turn for home run derby.
The Lynchburg Hillcats lost a 12-6 final last Sunday to close out the first half of the Carolina League season as teams entered the All-Star break. But there was no time to rest for six Hillcats, who represented and contributed in a Carolina League win over the California League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game from Lake Elsinore, California.
Carolina League play resumed on Thursday for most teams in the league, but not the Hillcats, as storms once again washed away game one of what was originally scheduled to be a four-game series in Lynchburg against the Potomac Nationals. The first game of the second half went the way of the Nationals on Friday, as the Hillcats lost a 6-4 final. It took a 12th inning home run for Potomac to claim Saturday’s 3-2 final.
The Hillcats have now dropped four straight games for just the second time this season after losing the final two of the first half and the first two of the second half. Lynchburg will close out the series with Potomac on Sunday in a 2:00 PM start before heading on the road to close out the month. They will play three in Wilmington and four against the Carolina Mudcats before returning home on the Fourth of July for a six-game homestand.
In other Hillcats chatter:
Perez had only appeared in four games the entire first month of the season as built-in off days and rain outs gave Gomes ample time off and he did not need many nights of rest. That was about to change in May and the Tribe did not have anyone in the organization it truly felt capable of handling the secondary backstop duties.
Cleveland turned to old friend. With Perez headed to the 60-day disabled list, the Indians acquired Chris Gimenez from the Texas Rangers. Gimenez, a journeyman catcher in his seventh Major League season, was going to begin his third go-round with Cleveland.
For the third time in four starts, the Cleveland Indians got a complete game effort from their stellar starting staff as Carlos Carrasco threw a four-hit shutout against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday afternoon in a 6-0 final.
Following the trend of impressive starting pitching this week, Carrasco matched the efforts provided by Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer by going the distance. He matched Kluber by shutting out the opposition as the Indians (43-30) pushed their American League Central Division lead to a season-high five games, made possible by a lopsided loss for the Kansas City Royals against the Houston Astros.
Cleveland got Carrasco an early lead and never looked back, tagging Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez again with a barrage of home runs. They wasted no time, as Carlos Santana started the game with a bang.
Baseball has returned to Niles, Ohio, as the Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ short-season is now underway.
Debuting on Friday, June 17, the Scrappers dropped each of their first two games to open the Class-A season last Friday and Saturday at home against West Virginia. They hit the road and claimed their first win on Sunday in Auburn behind a 14-3 offensive explosion. Mahoning Valley lost the final two games of their series with Auburn before moving on to Williamsport, where they lost three heartbreakers, 1-0 in the first game and 2-1 in the final two.
The late loss on Friday, after the Crosscutters scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take the final at bat lead, knocked the Scrappers to 1-7 on the season and left Mahoning Valley buried deep in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
In other scraps from the Scrappers:
It has not been a good week in Columbus for the Clippers, who added several more losses to their season record. After taking the series from the Chiefs in Syracuse with wins in the first two games, the Clippers dropped the finale in a 2-1 loss. They returned home to Columbus on Monday to start a seven-game homestand, but lost their series with Rochester by dropping three of the first four games from Huntington Park. They hosted Norfolk on Friday night, winning 10-7 in a slugfest from Columbus.
The tough week for the Clippers (39-36) has left the club stranded in second place in the International League West Division, trailing the rival Indianapolis Indians.
In other Clippers news from Columbus:
In one of the more unfortunate losses of the season, the Indians fall to the San Francisco Giants, 1-0, as the lone run of the game is balked in by Cleveland reliever Tony Sipp with the bases loaded in the seventh inning.