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The roster is riddled with familiar names, but not many because they’ve seen the grass of Classic Park before.
This season, the Lake County Captains roster boasts more than a few names that those who follow the Indians organization will recognize as up-and-coming prospects within the system. There are a few repeat names from last season but, as a whole, the 2015 Captains are a new, young team.
The 2014 Captains made their way to the Midwest League championship series last year, coming up short in the final series against the Kane County Cougars. However, most of the players who took the Captains that far last season have earned much-coveted promotions to the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, giving the Captains a new group of players with which to work.
It wasn’t supposed to be like this again for the Cleveland Indians offense. It wasn’t supposed to be like this after getting key players healthy and adding a powerful bat in Brandon Moss. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, but through eight games it is.
Through eight games, the Tribe batters have done little to erase the memory of the final two months of 2014 in which the rotation was among the best in baseball, yet the team stayed home in October because of too many games in which the offense could not produce enough runs for a rotation that didn’t need all that much to begin with.
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Did the Tribe Win Last Night? Yes! It wasn’t a no-hitter, but Trevor Bauer tossed nine hitless innings in 2015 before allowing his first knock and used the tail end of that streak to take control of the Chicago White Sox by a score of 4-2 on Wednesday afternoon.
Bauer tossed six hitless innings last Thursday in Houston and picked it up today, tossing three more hitless before surrendering a hit. He was still quite tough, only allowing four hits in six innings and just two runs, while the Indians made the most of timely hitting against left-hander John Danks. Lonnie Chisenhall’s double in the bottom of the fifth inning plated a pair of Tribesmen and gave them a 3-0 lead that they would never relinquish.
After a rocky weekend, the Indians bullpen cleaned up the final three innings with Scott Atchison, Marc Rzepczynski, Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen each recording outs. Only Allen found himself in any kind of drama. The victory snaps a four-game losing streak for the Tribe and hopefully gets them back on track to their winning expectations in this young season.
WP: Bauer (2-0) LP: Danks (0-2) SV: Allen (2)
Key Inning: Top of the fourth inning. After the Indians had taken a lead in the bottom of the third inning and held a 1-0 lead, Bauer proceeded to allow his first hit of the season to Jose Abreu and walk Adam LaRoche to put a pair of runners on, with no one out. The small, one-run lead was the first lead Cleveland had had since late Saturday evening. With a pair on, and no one out, Bauer was able to work out of the jam. He struck out Conor Gillaspie for the first out before allowing a single to Alexei Ramirez to load the bases with one out. Bauer then was able to get J.B. Shuck to pop out to third base for the second out and Geovanny Soto to strike out and leave the bases loaded.
The Hillcat green and gold are set to take the field again for another season. For 2015 this marks the 20th season of the Hillcats moniker for a team in Lynchburg and the 75th anniversary of professional baseball in the hill city. On top of all these momentous milestones the Hillcats will be at the start of a new four-year affiliation as a farm club of the Cleveland Indians. With this new affiliation the hometown fans will kick off their connection to Cleveland with a team comprised of some of the best and brightest prospects the Indians farm system has to offer.
The coaching staff is headed up by second year manager, Mark Budzinski. He was once a Cleveland minor-leaguer himself and a product of the University of Richmond. Budzinski makes his home in Richmond, Virginia so this season provides added opportunities to see his family. As any devotee of professional baseball knows family time is precious as there can be long periods of absence when you are far from home and there the breaks in the season are few in number.
Most Indians fans know the story of Louis Sockalexis.
The Penobscot Indian spent a short time in Cleveland playing for the city’s National League entry, the Spiders, but in a major league career that spanned 94 games, he impressed the fans and his teammates so much that fans cried out to name the team in his honor.
It’s a nice story – of dubious veracity.
Did the Tribe Win Last Night? No! The Indians might not believe in jinxes, but luck has not been on their side in the first seven games. With Carlos Carrasco on the mound and the red-hot Detroit Tigers out of town, the Indians were looking to get back on track. But it didn’t take long to have their plans derailed.
Carrasco was hit by line drive from Melky Cabrera during the second at-bat of the game. The line drive glanced off Carrasco’s glove before hitting him on the left side of the face. He fell hard to the ground and remained motionless for several minutes before getting to his feet and being carted off the field. Cabrera’s liner was Chicago’s second straight infield hit to start the game, and knocked Carrasco from the contest.
Most homecomings have a good deal of fanfare and jubilation. While fans were welcomed back into a new-look Progressive Field on Friday for the first time with live Cleveland Indians baseball in 2015, the on-the-field results paled in comparison to what many have considered a positive and successful ballpark renovation project amidst an awful winter of cold and snow.
As for the actual game action, the weekend could have gone a little bit better for the Cleveland Indians…
Okay, a lot.
With a key early season rivalry series at stake against Detroit, a celebratory weekend with the return of baseball to the shores of Lake Erie was spoiled and tainted as the Tigers pummeled the Indians into early submission and left Cleveland with some serious questions just one week into the season.
Last season, we saw a lot of changes come to Canal Park. A rebranding of the team name, renovations throughout the park, and haul of new prospects ready to give their all in effort to someday make their way to The Show. After a hot start to the season, the RubberDucks hit some bumps along the way due to injuries to key players, player promotions, and some end of the season fatigue. They still worked their way into the Eastern League playoffs, but were eventually eliminated in the first round, despite their best efforts. Now in their second season as the RubberDucks, returning manager David Wallace looks to continue to compete with a lineup that seems just as deep as it has been in years past.
To start off the season in 2014, there were plenty of household named prospects like Francisco Lindor, Giovanny Urshela, Joey Wendle, and Tyler Naquin. While Naquin is returning this year, starting on the disabled list, the rest of the players listed have either been promoted, or traded to another team. The squad coming into this season is full of guys that many casual baseball fans may not have ever heard of before. Players like Todd Hankins, Bryson Myles, Erik Gonzalez, or Anthony Gallas.
“They might not be as well known outside the organization, but to us they’re right up there…When I’m making out the lineup, and it’s laughable who I’m putting down in the 7-8-9 hole. We’ve got [Tony] Wolters, Myles and [Alex] Lavisky tonight who could be middle of the order guys. It’s a real balanced lineup, but we feel like we could be a threat to score in any inning, with any outs.” Wallace said following Thursday night’s victory against the Binghamton Mets.
Throughout the 2015 season, Did the Tribe Win Last Night will take a look back at the 1995 Cleveland Indians for the 20th anniversary of their fourth pennant winning season. Included will be historic game recaps, headlining stories and a ranking of the team’s most influential players that truly made 1995 The Greatest Summer Ever. Today looks back at player #28: Buddy Black.
For 14 seasons before resigning with the Cleveland Indians in 1995, lefthanded pitcher Bud Black had been a very solid Major League starter for five teams. By the time the Tribe officially signed him, however, both Cleveland and Black were just hoping that his 37-year old arm still had some juice left in it after over 2,000 Major League innings.
The start of the ’95 campaign looked extremely bright for the Indians and Black was doing his share as well by putting up a solid spring training. With about a week to go before the season opened, Black had won the job of the fifth starter as the rotation’s only lefty over a campaigning Jason Grimsley and an upstart Julian Tavarez, both of whom would make the Opening Day roster in the Tribe’s bullpen. In hindsight, the aging Black’s biggest contribution to the ’95 Indians may have been pushing the eventually-dominating setup man Tavarez to the back end of the ‘pen.