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When most baseball fans think of Steve Farr, images of the excellent reliever and closer in a Royals and Yankees uniform come to mind. Farr, who twice had seasons with sub-2.00 ERAs, actually could be viewed in a Cleveland Indians jersey when his Major League Baseball career began in 1984. He not only started his career on the shores of Lake Erie, but also appeared in the starting rotation more times than out of the pen in his rookie year. Ten years later, Farr very nearly ended his career with the Tribe, as well. In the middle, he entered the Tribe history books thanks to a young rookie named Jim Thome.
Farr was (no pun intended) far from an instant success in professional baseball. He was signed as an amateur free agent in 1976 by the Pittsburgh Pirates at the age of 19. He kicked around Pittsburgh’s minor league system, into the 1983 campaign, never getting above the Double-A level. The Pirates dealt the right-handed throwing Farr to Cleveland in June 1983 in a small deal.
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It’s a funny game, this game of baseball.
If Monday evening’s game was judged to determine the winner, it’s unlikely the Indians would have been declared the winner. However, Zach McAllister worked through trouble all night and the Indians offense had 11 hits to compensate for three errors in the game. The Indians punished former Tribe pitcher, Jeremy Guthrie, with two, two-run home runs.
While the Indians made follies around the field, keeping the Royals in the game, Kansas City made outstanding defensive play after another. Several defensive gems by the best fielding team in the American League kept them in the game all night. Meanwhile, Cleveland upped their team total of errors to 19, second to just Oakland in all of Major League baseball.
The American League Central Division is more up for grabs this season than any time in recent history and both the Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals know it. After finishing two and three in the division behind the Detroit Tigers last season, each is hoping to stay in the thick of things early in the 2014 campaign in hopes that they can lay claim to the crown at season’s end.
Kansas City (9-8) comes to town for the first time this season for a four-game weekday series. They took two of three from the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. Jason Vargas pitched seven shutout innings and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer on Friday as the Royals blanked the Twins, 5-0. A five-run fourth inning on Saturday propelled the Royals to a fifth straight victory, a 5-4 final. Alex Gordon had three of their ten hits on the game. A rough outing on Sunday from rookie Yordano Ventura ended their win streak as they lost 8-3.
Cleveland (8-10) dropped two of three to the Toronto Blue Jays. They lost a heartbreaker on Friday night, 3-2, after loading the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but a liner by Michael Brantley was blocked by first baseman Edwin Encarnacion, who recovered to end the game. The Indians dropped their third straight game, their second such streak this season, in a 5-0 loss at the hands of Mark Buehrle on Saturday. The Tribe recovered on Sunday to claim a 6-4 come-from-behind victory, courtesy in large part to a two-out, three-run double by David Murphy in the sixth.
If anyone can learn something from Columbus Clippers outfielder Carlos Moncrief’s experience in professional baseball, it would be the importance of hard work and taking it one day at a time.
“[It’s been] hard work, I can tell you that,” Moncrief said. “When I think back on it, it was a tough road, but when you’re stuck in the grind, you’re just thinking about that day. I had times where I was thinking about the future, but when I started to understand to take it one day at a time, that was the biggest thing for me and I carry it on to today.”
Moncrief has been in the Cleveland Indians farm system since the 2008 season when he was only 19-years old. He spent two years at the Rookie levels in the Gulf Coast League and the Arizona League. However, Moncrief was not an outfielder at the time; he was a pitcher.
Yesterday the Cleveland Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 to salvage the final game of a three game series. It snapped a skid of seven losses in the last nine games. Despite the much needed victory, the Indians only had five hits and Carlos Carrasco pitched mediocre—the true definition of a fifth starter—and the ninth inning was a scare, but they did something they’ve struggled to do all season.
They played solid defense.
Their defensive positioning was as much the reason they won the game. Jason Kipnis was playing directly behind second base on a defensive shift when Edwin Encarnacion smoked a one bouncer past John Axford and destined for center field. Kipnis’ positioning put him in the right spot to field the smash and throw to first base to end the game. If not for his placement, Encarnacion’s hit would have been a single to center field and tied the game. Cleveland likely would have squandered a ninth inning lead and the momentum generated from yesterday’s come from behind victory would have been lost.
When you’re struggling, you have to make the most out of small opportunities.
After another slow start, the Indians made the most of sparse offensive production and a mediocre start by Carlos Carrasco to survive into the middle innings. That survival allowed them to take advantage of Aaron Loup and sneak away with a 6-4 victory on Easter Sunday over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Michael Brantley provided all the Indians’ offense for the first five innings and after a strong three innings by Carrasco, the bullpen minimized damage when he struggled. It kept the Indians in the contest so that David Murphy’s three-run double put the Tribe up for good in the sixth inning. Despite just five hits on the afternoon, Cleveland made the most of them and the six walks gifted to them by the Blue Jays.