November 16, 2020

The Dominican League (LIDOM) moved onto to its second day of regular season play. A few familiar faces made their debuts. The IBI’s Daniel Sherriff recaps how all current and former Indians performed.

DOMINICAN LEAGUE (LIDOM)

Leones del Escogido 9, Gigantes del Cibao 6 (12)

FORMER INDIANS

Ivan Castillo (2B, Leones del Escogido) – 1-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 SO – The second baseman may have only had one hit on Monday but he played a huge role in the victory. Castillo scored the game-tying run in the eighth inning and the go-ahead run in 12th inning on a RBI-double by third baseman Jim Haley.

Jake Elmore (Starting 2B, Gigantes del Cibao) – 0-3, 1 SO – The second baseman’s day was cut short as he was lifted for pinch-hitter Oneil Cruz in the eighth inning.

Toros del Este 2, Tigres del Licey 0

FORMER INDIANS

Sandy León (C, Tigres del Licey) – 0-2, 1 SO – The veteran backstop was held hitless. León came to Cleveland over the offseason in a catcher-swap with Boston to serve as the back-up to Roberto Perez. He ended up seeing more playing time when Perez got hurt. He is now a free agent and unlikely to return to Cleveland after the Indians acquired catcher Austin Hedges in the Clevinger blockbuster with San Diego.

Abraham Almonte (CF, Toros del Este) – 0-2, 2 BB, 1 SO – The former Indians’ outfielder was another player whom had a quiet debut. Almonte bounced around during the regular season as he played with both the Padres and Atlanta Braves.

Aguilas Cibaenas 4, Estrellas Orientales 3

FORMER INDIANS

Melky Cabrera (DH, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 1-5, 2 SO – Cabrera had a chance to extend the lead in the top of the ninth but struck out swinging for the second out of the inning. The veteran has now hit safely in his first two games of the Dominican League.

Robel Garcia (2B, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 0-3, 1 BB, 2 SO – The second baseman didn’t get a hit after cranking a home run in his first game.

Ronny Rodriguez (3B, Aguilas Cibaenas) – 2-3, 1 R, 1 BB – Rodriguez bounced back after a hitless debut on Sunday. The third baseman was the only player on the team to pick up two or more hits.

Francisco Mejia (C, Estrellas Orientales) – 1-4, 2 SO – The Indians’ former top prospect was another player to make his Winter League debut. Mejia was supposed to be the San Diego Padres’ franchise catcher when the Indians dealt him in exchange for closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber. He has not lived up to expectations and was limited to just 17 games due to injury over the 2020 season.

CURRENT INDIANS

Emannuel Clase (RP, Estrellas Orientales) – 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 SO – The flame-throwing righty started off shaky by walking the leadoff batter in the ninth inning and then saw him advance to third on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Clase worked around it to keep it a one-run game. He didn’t pitch during the 2020 season because he was serving a drug suspension.

1 Comment »

  1. FYI the recently re-signed Anthony Gose pitched a scoreless inning for Toros in this game (as part of a combined no-hitter).

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