Minor Issues: Dixon and Aeros sent to 2nd Place on Late HRBuffalo is out of action for the second night in a row and Kinston got rained out, so yet another quiet day for the minor league system which will soon becoming to an end.
The Aeros actually hope to play a little longer into September though. Last night's loss didn't help as Akron was defeated on an 8th inning home run. They are now one game back of Bowie for the division lead. Kevin Dixon pitched 8 solid innings, giving up just the two runs until he got to the 8th and surrendered the solo shot. Nate Panther with a solo home run of his own.
Matt Brown's home run was a part of the 4 run 6th inning put up by Lake County in support of Chris Archer and his 5 solid innings in a Captains win. He gave up just one run off 6 hits. Adam Davis with a par if ribbies as well.
The Scrappers got four hit, Phelps, Chiz, Tice and Simpson with hits, Phelps had the lone extra-base hit. Ouchsir.
Rafael Vera was partying for the GCL team, going 3-3 with 2 RBI in the Indians victory of the Tigers.
DSL lost a rain-shortened game against the Diamondbacks SLASH Reds.. Two teams? That's not very fair! I don't want to deal with Brandon Phillips AND Conor Jackson.. oh wait what.. Quite the line for Wady Pinales. 2 innings, 2 hits, 3 runs, 1 ER, 2 walks, 1 k. Gotta love DSL baseball.
Lot's of catching up to do in terms of stuff over at Minor League Insider..
Tony Lastoria's quote from Ross Atkins suggests Scott Lewis could get the September call up in order to reach the innings the Indians want him to get to. I don't think they were considering him for Byrd's spot tomorrow, but he's on the 40 man roster, so if September rolls around and they want him to get some more work in, it wouldn't be out of the realm of possibilities. It can't hurt, can it?
With that, David Huff will reach his innings limit around the end of the season. So he won't be called-up any time soon. That pretty much puts the starting pitching at Laffey and Lewis. I really doubt we see Matt Ginter pitch another game and Jeff Weaver even make a single apperance for the Tribe. The 40 man roster spots are precious and will be needed, so why screw around with Weaver?
New Minor Leagues Happenings that focuses on the GCL squad. It's nice to see some info on these guys, because most of them are even greenier than the kids in Mahoning Valley. I've made sure to update on Abner Abreu because he looks like he could be a special player. The quote from manager Rouglas Odor makes me think that is true.
Tracking Matt LaPorta
After hitting three solo shots in the exhibition series with Canada, and going goose-egg on us yesterday, Matt LaPorta made this last one count.
LaPorta had a 3-run jack that helped power the United States to a 7-0 victory over the Netherlands.
In other news, the game is in progress but Nick Weglarz went deep for Team Canada.